Colorado Rockies (51-45, third place in NL West, 8-2 in their last 10 games) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (53-44, second place in NL West, 5-5 in their last 10 games).
The series’ pitching matchups will look like this:
Marquez (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8 K) was effective in his last start against the Diamondbacks. He has won his last three starts in a row and has struck out 22 batters in those outings. Marquez is currently tied for first on the team in wins with eight.
Ray (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8 K) took the loss in his last start against the Rockies. Ray has seen a significant drop in his ERA from last year’s 2.89 ERA to this year’s 5.03 ERA and has not looked like himself lately.
Freeland (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 K) was left with a no-decision in his last start against the Diamondbacks. Freeland will carry a respectable 8-6 record with a 3.11 ERA and 1.21 WHIP moving forward. His 3.11 ERA ranks best amongst Colorado starting pitchers.
Godley (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 K) was excellent and picked up the win in his last start against the Braves. Godley has gone 6-1 over his last seven starts, giving up two earned runs or fewer in all six of the victorious efforts.
Senzatela (6.0 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 K) took the loss in his last start against the Mariners. Senzatela has spent most of the year in Triple-A Albuquerque and will be activated from the disabled list (blister) to pitch Sunday.
Greinke (7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7 K) was dominant and picked up the win in his last start against the Braves. Greinke mowed down the Atlanta lineup and lowered his ERA to 3.18 which leads the Diamondbacks.
- Trevor Story has been a monster for the Rockies lately and sent the team into the All-Star break on a high note with a walk-off home run. Story currently holds a seven-game hit streak and during that time has hit .480 BA, with 8 RBI and 4 HR.
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— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 15, 2018
- Carlos Gonzalez (12/32 H/AB, 12 RBI, 4 HR) has played a big role in the recent success of the Rockies and has rebounded nicely since the start of the season (.280 BA, 11 HR, 41 RBI).
- Charlie Blackmon is has six hits in his last 13 AB and finished the first half with a .287 BA, 19 HR and 45 RBI.
- Paul Goldschmidt (13/39 H/AB, 2 HR, 4 RBI) has been impressive lately for Arizona and has been the catalyst of the Diamondbacks’ offense in 2018.
- Nick Ahmed has played a nice role for Arizona at shortstop in 2018 and has been hot lately, going 10/35 H/AB, with 2 HR and 5 RBI.
- Steven Souza Jr. has been a solid contributor for Arizona lately (3/9 H/AB) and has slowly started to recover from his slow start to the season, but his batting average still sits at a poor .195.
- Chris Iannetta is just 2/17 H/AB and has had a rough go of things for the Rockies this year, hitting 233 BA, 7 HR, 22 RBI.
- Pat Valaika (2/9 H/AB, 0 HR, 0 RBI) has struggled for Colorado this year and has not been able to find the same groove that he was in last year (.258 BA, 13 HR, 40 RBI).
- Raimel Tapia is just batting .231 since being called up to the big leagues this year. Tapia hit a respectable .288 last year and unless his 2018 numbers can duplicate that, he may be sent back down to Triple-A.
- Jake Lamb has been ice-cold for the Diamondbacks (4/32 H/AB) and has been unable to contribute offensively this season (.229 BA, 6 HR, 28 RBI). Lamb finished Arizona’s most recent series vs. the Braves 1-for-8.
- John Ryan Murphy is just 2/18 H/AB at the plate and has been unable to find his groove for the Diamondbacks in 2018 (.233 BA, 9 HR, 24 RBI).
- Chris Owings (.194 BA, 3 HR, 18 RBI) has struggled tremendously this season for Arizona after hitting .268 BA, 12 HR, 51 RBI with the club last year.