Eddie Butler (2-2, 3.81 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (11-13) go up against Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 5.40 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (10-14) in the first of a two-game division series at Coors Field. The Rockies go into this series looking to snap a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 3:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 6 and will air on FSN-AZ.
In his last start, Butler pitched 4.0 innings, giving up three runs (two unearned), striking out three and walking two in a 14-3 loss to the Padres. Nolan Arenado (.314, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs) continued his strong season Sunday, going 3 for 5 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. In his career against the Rockies, De La Rosa is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA. He meets a solid Colorado offense that's batting .275. Paul Goldschmidt (.356, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 22 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Diamondbacks, going 3 for 5 Sunday.
Colorado is a -140 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 10 runs. The Rockies have a losing record of 3-5 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of -172. They have not performed well against their division, earning an SU record of 7-11 and a 2-3 record when they were the favorite. Division games have been tough for the Rockies. Colorado has only averaged 3.6 runs per game compared to its 4.1 season average. The Rockies lead the NL in hits with 9.5 per game. Colorado's pitchers struggle within their division. The Rockies have given up an average of 6.1 runs to intra-division opponents, well over their defense's season average of 5.5.
Moving on to the away team, the Diamondbacks come into this game with a weak win percentage of .353 when playing as the underdog (6-11) and an overall money line of -250. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have a poor 0-6 record when they were an underdog to win. Arizona has stepped up their play against division opponents. They have averaged 4.7 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.2. One of the top hitting teams in the NL are the Diamondbacks, who average 8.7 hits per game.
In their previous three games this season, the Diamondbacks have a 2-1 record. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (De La Rosa) in this game and have a 10-12 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Butler will take the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 7-10 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Over
The Rockies currently sit below .500 against the NL West Division at 7-11, and the Diamondbacks have a 9-10 record.
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 7-3, while Colorado is 3-4.
The Rockies are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 0-5 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 1-9. The Diamondbacks have a 2-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 16 this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 26.
Ranking first in hits, Colorado has earned 9.54 per game this season. Arizona ranks fifth with 8.71 hits.
Ranking 23rd, Arizona is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.675). Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .765.
The Diamondbacks are 5-10 when they allow at least one home run. The Rockies perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 4-10 record.