Colorado Rockies versus Arizona Diamondbacks (July7)
The second and third place teams in the NL West battle as the Diamondbacks host the Rockies.
German Marquez is set to take the mound for the Rockies and Alex Young is scheduled to start for the Diamondbacks.
Offensively, the Rockies have one of the best attacks in the league, hitting .269 with 111 home runs and 5.6 runs per game.
Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado each have 20 home runs and are hitting well above .300.
Trevor Story completes the power trio with 17 home runs.
David Dahl is another .300 hitter on the team and has 12 home runs, while Ian Desmond has added 11.
The Diamondbacks have also scored their share of runs, averaging 5.1 per game.
They are hitting .257 with 125 home runs, led by Ketel Marte’s 20.
Eduardo Escobar paces the team in RBI with 65 and had added 18 home runs.
Other power sources include Christian Walker and Adam Jones (28 home runs combined), while David Peralta has contributed a .289 average with 44 RBI.
On the mound, German Marquez has eight wins and a mediocre 4.38 ERA. He’s accumulated 120 strike outs, but has given up 16 home runs.
Closer Wade Davis has 12 saves, but has been far from automatic, posting a high ERA of 5.54.
Brian Shaw and Carlos Estevez have been used heavily, but have a less than stellar 4.43 ERA in 85 1/3 innings.
Scott Oberg has been the Rockies’ most dependable reliever, posting a slim 1.90 ERA.
As a team the Rockies have allowed a robust 5.5 runs per game.
Alex Young is making only his third Major League appearance and second start.
He’s allowed only a run on three hits, in 7 1/3 innings. Arizona’s bullpen has been inconsistent at best.
Yoan Lopez is very dependable, having allowed only five earned runs in 35 innings.
However, the frequently used trio of Matt Andriese, Archie Bradley and Yoshihisa Hirano have a combined ERA of 5.13 in 112 1/3 innings.
As a team, the Diamondbacks are allowing 4.6 runs per game.
Generally, when a team hasn’t seen a pitcher yet, as the case with the Rockies against Young, the pitcher has the advantage.
That could be the case here, particularly the first time through the lineup.
However, the Rockies have too much offense to be shut down for the entire game.
They will eventually get to Young and the shaky Arizona bullpen.
Similarly, Arizona should get to Marquez and feast on the bullpen.
Look for this to be a slugfest with the Rockies coming away with a road win. Pick the “over” with a final score in the 7-6 range.