In the first of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (8-10) and the Colorado Rockies (8-10) at Chase Field, Chase Anderson (0-0, 3.00 ERA) and Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 6.85 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 9:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 27 and will air on ROOT-RM and FSN-AZ.
Anderson is 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA against the Rockies in his career, and is up against a solid Colorado offense that's hitting .279 on the year. A.J. Pollock (.338, 12 Rs, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one stolen base. In his career against the Diamondbacks, Kendrick is 1-2 with a 5.36 ERA. He meets a struggling Arizona offense that's batting just .240. DJ LeMahieu (.419, 5 Rs, 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 Saturday with one run.
Arizona is a -129 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Diamondbacks have a 2-2 record and overall money line at +83. They have an SU record of 7-6 against teams in their division and a 1-1 record when they were the favorite in those games. Arizona has averaged 4.6 runs per game during divisional play, higher than its season average of 4.2. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in all of baseball with 16 steals.
Moving on to the away team, the Rockies come into this game with a solid win percentage of .700 when playing as the underdog (7-3) and an overall money line of +205. Against fellow NL West members, they are 6-6 SU and 4-3 as the underdog. When it comes to scoring, the Rockies haven't performed as well against teams from the NL West. During those games, they averaged three runs per game, below their 4.3 runs per game season average. The top hitting team in the NL are the Rockies, who average 9.8 hits per game. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Colorado pitchers. They allowed 5.7 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.4.
The Diamondbacks will take on a right-hander (Kendrick) in this game and have a 5-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Anderson. They sport a 9-7 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Over
This season, the Rockies hold an even 6-6 record against NL West teams. The Diamondbacks sit at 7-6 against these opponents.
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 5-2, while Colorado is 3-2.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Diamondbacks are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rockies have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 1-5. The Diamondbacks have a 2-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks near the bottom of the league at 26th when it comes to home runs, hitting 11 this season. Colorado ranks in the top half at 11th with 18.
Colorado tops the league in hits with 9.78 per game this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.59.
Ranking 22nd, Arizona is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.651). Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .775.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 4-7. When the Diamondbacks allow one or more homers, they have a 5-6 record.