In the first of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (75-81) and the Colorado Rockies (66-90) at Chase Field, Robbie Ray (5-12, 3.53 ERA) and Christian Bergman (3-1, 4.62 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 9:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 29 and will air on RTRM and FSAZ.
In his last start, Ray pitched 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out seven and walking two in an 8-0 victory over the Dodgers. David Peralta (.307, 60 Rs, 17 HRs, 77 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Rockies were unsuccessful the last time Bergman pitched. He struggled, going 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs, striking out one and walking one in a 13-7 loss to the Pirates. Nolan Arenado (.285, 93 Rs, 41 HRs, 126 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Rockies, going 2 for 3 Sunday with two runs, one home run, and five RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Against teams in the NL West, the Diamondbacks have an SU record of 36-37. The Diamondbacks have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.4 runs per game. The Diamondbacks are an exceptional hitting team with 9.2 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL. The Diamondbacks are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 129 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. The most recent 10 game stretch for Arizona’s pitching staff has gone great. Over that span, Arizona’s opponents are averaging 2.7 runs per game, below their season average of 4.3.
Against fellow NL West members, the Rockies are 30-40 SU. The Rockies are the number one overall scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game so far. One of the top hitting teams in the NL are the Rockies, who average 9.2 hits per game.
The Diamondbacks have mostly come out on top against the Rockies in their previous 16 games this season, earning a 10-6 record. This game will feature Bergman (RHP) on the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 56-59 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Ray will take the mound against the Rockies, who have a 56-62 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner – Ari
Colorado has won 45% (31-38) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Arizona has won 52% (29-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rockies are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Diamondbacks have a record of 22-24 when opponents’ pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 53-20. The Rockies have a 47-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh in runs, Arizona has earned 693 this season. Colorado ranks fourth with 709 runs.
Ranking 27th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 374 this season. Arizona ranks in the top half at 11th with 469.
When the Diamondbacks hit at least one home run, they are 55-35. When the Rockies hit at least one homer, they have a 55-52 record.