Rockies vs. Diamondbacks

Rockies vs. Diamondbacks – MLB Odds & Picks

Written by on August 26, 2020

With the Arizona Diamondbacks struggling, they seem likely to be active ahead of the Aug. 31 Trade Deadline. They’d surely like to get something for former All-Star pitcher Robbie Ray, but he’s really struggling entering his start Wednesday vs. Colorado. The Snakes are still short MLB betting favorites.

How to Bet Rockies at Diamondbacks MLB Odds & TV Info

  • When: Wednesday, 9:40 PM ET
  • Where: Chase Field
  • Probable pitchers (away/home): Jon Gray/Robbie Ray
  • TV: MLB Extra Innings
  • Stream/gameday audio:
  • Opening MLB Lines: Diamondbacks -112, Rockies +102 (total 9.5)
Why Bet on Colorado?

The Rockies have lost five consecutive series since winning their first five to begin the year. Colorado lost two of three at home to Arizona Aug. 10-12.

The Rockies are signing left-hander Zac Rosscup. He’ll still need to go through a physical and COVID-19 screening before the deal becomes official. Rosscup was with the Rockies in the spring and cut loose at the start of July. The 32-year-old pitched with the Dodgers, Mariners, and Blue Jays last year while posting a 5.40 ERA and 26/19 K/BB ratio over 18 innings. He’ll function as bullpen depth for Colorado, which has a few relievers on the injured list currently.

Monitor the status of All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon as well. He was scratched from the Rockies’ lineup on Monday due to left quad tightness. Blackmon is being called day-to-day. He has put up a .405/.442/.568 batting line with three home runs, 24 RBI, and 19 runs scored. Blackmon’s career .342 average (170-for-497) vs. Arizona ranks sixth among all active Major League players.

It’s Jon Gray (1-3, 6.23) on the mound. Gray was hit around for four runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Dodgers on Friday. Gray didn’t record a single strikeout for the first time since 2015 — excluding relief appearances — and he had all sorts of problems against one of the top lineups in the National League.  He has just 16 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings on the season, which is a sharp decline for a guy who has fanned at least a batter an inning each full season of his career. His velocity is down significantly from last year.

Gray has swung between effective and poor. One of his bad starts was at home against the D-backs, a team he has struggled with at Coors. But he is 3-2 with a 3.54 ERA, 32 strikeouts and eight walks in five career starts at Chase Field.

Why Bet on Arizona?

A week ago, the Snakes were in the midst of a six-game winning streak. Now they can’t buy a win. They entered Tuesday’ on a six-game skid. Torey Lovullo’s team has scored a total of eight runs over the last six outings – an average of 1.5 per game. During that six-game winning streak, they put up 44 runs. That’s 7.3 runs per game.

About the only good pitcher this season for Arizona has been Merrill Kelly, but he was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a right shoulder impingement. Kelly was supposed to start for the Diamondbacks that night against the Rockies, but he got scratched moments before first pitch. The 31-year-old right-hander has registered a sharp 2.59 ERA, 0.989 WHIP, and 29/5 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings (five starts) this season. There is no timetable at this point for his return. Kelly’s 2.59 ERA and 0.99 WHIP are 10th in the NL and his .218 opponent average is 13th.

On the bright side, the D-backs lead the NL with a .990 fielding pct., ahead of the Cubs (.987), Reds (.986), Cardinals (.986) and Dodgers (.986). Arizona is third in the Majors to the Twins (.993) and Astros (.992).

It’s struggling lefty Robbie Ray (1-3, 8.33) on the mound. He took the loss to San Francisco on Friday, allowing four runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out eight over five innings. Ray was hurt by excessive walks once again and now leads the majors with 25 free passes allowed. He was also hurt by the long ball, permitting a pair of two-run homers, giving him nine allowed in 27 innings.

Even though Ray has been terrible and will be a free agent after the season, he is still reportedly drawing interest on the trade market ahead of the Aug. 31 MLB trade deadline. Last season there was a lot of speculation that the Diamondbacks could trade Ray before the deadline, but Arizona didn’t move the left-hander, instead opting to trade Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros.

Ray pitched at Colorado on Aug. 10 and allowed six runs and seven hits in 3.2 innings. Ray punched out six and walked three on the night. He served up a solo homer to Trevor Story in the first inning, then the Rockies tacked on a pair of runs in the third. Ray then retired the first two hitters in the fourth, but Garrett Hampson reached on a bunt single and the flood gates opened.

Expert PredictionDiamondbacks 6, Rockies 5

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