In the first of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (30-39) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (30-39) at Coors Field, Kyle Kendrick (2-9, 5.95 ERA) and Chase Anderson (3-1, 2.84 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 23 and will air on FSN-AZ and ROOT-RM.
Kendrick is 1-3 with a 6.34 ERA against the Diamondbacks in his career, and is up against a solid Arizona offense that’s hitting .261 on the year. Nolan Arenado (.284, 39 Rs, 17 HRs, 54 RBIs) continued his strong season Sunday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Rockies, Anderson is 3-2 with a 4.45 ERA. He gets a strong Colorado offense that’s batting .269. Paul Goldschmidt (.356, 50 Rs, 19 HRs, 57 RBIs, 12 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. Against teams in the NL West, the Rockies have an SU record of 13-21. The Rockies come into the game with the third-ranked scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.4 runs per game. The Rockies lead the NL in hits with 9.2 per game. Whenever an NL West opponent shows up on the calendar, the Rockies seem to struggle with pitching. They allow an average of 5.0 runs per game, but allow 6.0 against teams from their own division.
Against fellow NL West members, the Diamondbacks are 18-16 SU. The Diamondbacks 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 Diamondbacks, who average 9.1 hits per game. Arizona is a terror on the base paths, ranking second in the MLB with 61 stolen bases. Arizona’s pitching staff has allowed an average of 3.0 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.4. They also allow just 2.8 walks per road game, fifth-best in the NL.
In their previous five games this season, the Diamondbacks have a 4-1 record. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Anderson) in this game and have a 27-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Diamondbacks will be the right-hander Kendrick. They sport a 26-26 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner – ARI
Colorado has won 44% (12-15) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Arizona has won 65% (13-7) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rockies are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 6-11 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 4-27. The Diamondbacks have a 9-24 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 61 this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 75.
Colorado ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.23 per game this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at third with 9.13.
Ranking 15th, Arizona is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.716). Colorado ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .748.
The Diamondbacks are 15-30 when they allow at least one home run. The Rockies perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 13-29 record.