David Hale (2-2, 5.28 ERA) and Allen Webster (1-1, 6.55 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (31-39) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (34-36) at Coors Field. The Rockies won the last game 10-5 and Colorado leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 24 and can be seen on FSN-AZ and ROOT-RM.
Hale pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out nine and walking one in an 8-4 defeat to the Astros. Nolan Arenado (.287, 41 Rs, 19 HRs, 58 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs. Webster went 5.1 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking five in a 7-1 defeat to the Angels in his most recent start. A.J. Pollock (.310, 46 Rs, 9 HRs, 34 RBIs, 14 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Colorado is a -123 favorite against Arizona and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at 11 runs. The Rockies have recorded an overall money line of -596 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 7-13. Colorado has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 2-6 and 13-21 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Rockies have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in offense with 4.4 runs per game. The Rockies lead the NL in hits with an impressive 9.2 per game. Colorado's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 6.0 against fellow NL West members, compared to its 5.0 season average.
In games where it is the underdog, Arizona has a 22-24 record and an overall money line of +252. They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 5-1 record, and a 7-3 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Diamondbacks are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the NL with 9.1 hits per game. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 61 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB. The Diamondbacks allow 4.4 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 3.0 runs per game during that span. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the Diamondbacks have the fifth-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.8 walks allowed per game.
The Diamondbacks lead the season series, 4-2. The Rockies have a 27-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Webster takes the mound. Hale (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 26-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
The Rockies hold a 14-21 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Diamondbacks' record in these matchups is 18-17.
The Diamondbacks are 4-4 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rockies are 1-4 in such matchups.
The Diamondbacks are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 10-7 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 21-7. The Rockies have a 23-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Colorado and Arizona both rank in the top 10 of the league in runs. Colorado sits at sixth with 315 runs this season and Arizona ranks ninth with 312.
Ranking 29th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 155 this season. Arizona ranks in the top half at 15th with 209.
The Rockies are 28-20 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 23-14 when they hit at least one homer.