Tyler Matzek (2-0, 2.70 ERA) and Josh Collmenter (2-3, 2.76 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (11-13) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (10-14) at Coors Field. The Rockies come into this series in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 4 and can be seen on FSN-AZ and ROOT-RM.
Matzek pitched 0.0 inning in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs in a 14-3 defeat to the Padres. Nolan Arenado (.314, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. Collmenter is 3-1 with a 3.59 ERA when pitching against the Rockies. He takes on a quality Colorado offense which is hitting .275 this season. Paul Goldschmidt (.356, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 22 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Diamondbacks, going 3 for 5 yesterday.
Colorado is a -126 favorite against Arizona and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at 10 runs. The Rockies have recorded an overall money line of -72 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 3-5. Colorado has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 2-3 and 7-10 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Rockies have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.4 runs per game. They average 4.0 runs per game on the season. The Rockies lead the NL in hits with a phenomenal 9.5 per game. Colorado's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 5.9 against fellow NL West members, compared to its 5.3 season average.
Over in the other dugout, Arizona is coming in with an overall money line of -150 and a disappointing record of 6-10 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-5 record when playing as the underdog. Offensively, they average 4.3 runs per game, which is good for fourth in the NL. The Diamondbacks are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the NL with 9.0 hits per road game. Arizona is excellent at not striking out with just 7.0 per game, ranking fifth in the NL.
The Diamondbacks lead the season series, 2-1. The Rockies have a 10-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Collmenter takes the mound. Matzek (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 7-10 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
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.
Ranking 25th in home runs, Arizona has hit 16 this season. Colorado ranks ninth with 26 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Colorado has earned 9.48 per game this season. Arizona ranks sixth with 8.70 hits.
Ranking 20th, Arizona is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.675). Colorado ranks in the top 10 at sixth 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.