The Colorado Rockies (16-11, 14-13 RL, 13-14 O/U) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (14-14, 17-11 RL, 10-17-1 O/U) conclude a three-game divisional series on Sunday afternoon. It will be German Marquez seeking his first win of the season for the Rockies. The D-Backs give the nod to Zac Gallen who is seeking another gem. The D-Backs collected a 4-1 win on Friday and the Rockies countered with a 4-1 win on Saturday.
Marquez Seeks Elusive First Win
German Marquez will get the nod for the sixth time of the year on Sunday. Marquez was clobbered in his previous start, squandering seven runs on 10 hits in five innings against the Nationals, and was tagged with the loss to plummet to 0-2. The veteran right-hander has conceded four or more runs in four consecutive outings and enters with a poor 6.92 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in 26 innings of action. Marquez held Arizona to three runs in 13 innings last season and has recorded a 5-5 record and a respectable 3.98 ERA in 106.1 career innings against the foes.
Colorado can definitely hit and their success will depend on the pitching going forward. So far the pitching has been poor and it will be difficult to win games unless the pitching improves. They rank 29th overall in team WHIP.
CJ Cron continues to lead the way offensively, collecting two homers and five RBIs in his last five games. The 32-year-old first baseman is having a tremendous season, racking up 24 RBIs accompanied by a dazzling 1.036 OPS. Cron hit .300 with 10 RBIs against the D-Backs last year.
The Rockies are scoring an average of 4.63 runs, good for 6th in the Majors. The pitching staff has posted a 4.42 team ERA, placing them 26th overall.
Gallen Targets Another Dominating Performance
Zac Gallen will take the mound for the fifth time of the season on Sunday. Gallen continues to shine, limiting the Marlins to only two runs on five hits in 6.1 frames last time out, and was rewarded with his first win of the season. The veteran right-hander is having a dominating season, conceding one or zero runs in three of his four outings, and is sporting a stifling 1.27 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP accompanied by a 1-0 record in 21.1 innings. Gallen posted a 3.18 ERA in three meetings against Colorado last season and stands at 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA in seven career meetings against the rivals.
Arizona’s offense was abysmal in the opening portion of the season but has rebounded nicely after scoring a ton of runs against Miami earlier this week. The D-Backs have now won three consecutive series to climb to the .500 mark.
Pavin Smith is one of the hottest players in the D-Backs line-up right now, driving in nine runs in his last nine games. The 26-year-old now has 11 RBIs and an .824 OPS on the season. Smith did some of his best work last season against Colorado, amassing a stellar .826 OPS.
The Diamondbacks are currently averaging 3.43 runs, tabbing them 25th overall. The pitching staff has fielded a solid 3.45 team ERA, positioning them 11th in the bigs.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Diamondbacks continue to shine and this pitching matchup heavily favors the home team. Rockies’ starter German Marquez is having a disastrous season. He has surrendered 19 runs in his last four starts spread across only 19 innings.
Furthermore, D-Backs’ starter Zac Gallen is pitching like a true ace right now. The right-hander has allowed just three runs in his 21.1 innings pitched highlighted by six shutout innings against the Dodgers. Gallen features a stifling 2.48 ERA against the Rockies. He has allowed just one run in his 11 innings of work at home this season.
Full-Game Total Pick
I expect a lower-scoring game. The Rockies have cooled down at the plate, scoring four or fewer runs in six out of their last ten games overall. Gallen just isn’t giving up many runs or hits for that matter. He has only squandered 11 hits this season.
In addition, while I definitely expect enough offense against Marquez and the Rockies’ pen to win this game, Marquez has fared reasonably well against Arizona, registering a 3.98 career ERA. The under is also a convincing 5-0-1 in the Diamondbacks' last six home bouts.