COLORADO ROCKIES (78-65)
at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (83-60)
First pitch: Monday, 9:40 p.m. ET
Line: Colorado +180, Los Angeles -190, Total: 8.5
The Rockies will be going for a fifth straight win when they take on the similarly hot Diamondbacks in Arizona on Monday.
Colorado had really been struggling before facing San Francisco in a three-game set that began on Sep. 4. The Rockies won two games in that series and it seemed to really give them some confidence for their next four games against the Dodgers. Colorado swept Los Angeles on the road in that set and is now back to playing the type of baseball that had teams fearing this group earlier in the year. The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, lost two of three against the Padres last series, but they had been absolutely rolling heading into that one. They also happened to have swept the Rockies in a three-game series in early September, so they’ll be feeling pretty good about their chances here. The starters in this Monday night showdown are set to be LHP Kyle Freeland (11-10, 3.99 ERA, 102 K) for Colorado and RHP Zack Greinke (16-6, 3.01 ERA, 194 K) for Arizona. Both guys have been very reliable for their teams this season, but it’s hard to ignore the potency of these offenses. So while you might want to lean towards the Under in this game, definitely consider the fact that these teams are both in the top-seven in runs scored on the year.
The Rockies will be hoping to earn yet another big victory on Monday and Kyle Freeland is the man they’re sending to the hill in this one. The lefty has struggled in his last two trips to the hill, as he has allowed six earned runs in only 7.1 innings of work. If Freeland does not work deeper into this game then the Rockies will be in trouble. And he should definitely be feeling well rested, as he has thrown a total of 148 pitches over the past two contests. On offense, 3B Nolan Arenado is a guy that should be able to do some damage in this one. Arenado is coming off of a big game against the Dodgers, as he was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in that one. Arenado is now up to 32 homers and 119 RBI on the season and the team will be counting on him to come through at the plate here. Another guy to keep an eye on in this one is OF Carlos Gonzalez, who is 14-for-39 with five homers and seven RBI against Greinke in his career. This season has been rough on Gonzalez, but his familiarity with Greinke could mean a big day at the plate on Monday.
The Diamondbacks are hoping to stay hot with a victory on Monday and Zack Greinke is the right guy to have on the mound here. Greinke has been ridiculous for Arizona this season and is finally starting to live up to the massive contract the team gave him before the 2016 season. Coming into this start, Greinke had allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of his previous 10 starts. He has struck out eight or more batters in four of his past 10 and will be looking to bring some of that same stuff to this home start against Colorado. It’s definitely worth noting that Greinke has been pretty much unhittable in Arizona this season, as he is 13-1 with a 2.31 ERA at home. On offense, one guy to watch out for is OF A.J. Pollock. Pollock has had a bit of a down year this season, but he is 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI against Freeland in his career. Perhaps this is just the guy he needs to see in order to get himself going again. 1B Paul Goldschmidt must also be accounted for. He is one of the game’s best hitters and will badly want to come through for his team in this one.