The Colorado Rockies will host the Arizona Diamondbacks in a divisional matchup Tuesday night from Coors Field. The Diamondbacks will give the nod to 24-year-old right-hander Zac Gallen, and the Rockies will counter with 27-year-old right-hander Jon Gray. The Rockies hold an 8-5 lead in the season series.
Gallen Shines in D-Backs Debut
Zac Gallen will make his ninth start of the season, hunting for his second straight win. Gallen made his D-Backs debut last time out after being acquired from the Marlins and he was outstanding, firing five shutout innings against the Phillies in a 6-1 win. The rookie right-hander is having a very promising rookie year, sporting a 2.40 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP accompanied with a 2-3 record in 41.1 innings of work. Gallen is facing the Rockies for the first time of his young career in this one.
Watch for David Peralta as he is a sizzling 9 for 21 against Rockies’ starter Jon Gray. The veteran left-fielder is having a strong season, carrying a .280 average with 10 big flys and 52 RBI’s. Peralta is 8 for 26 with seven RBI’s against the Rockies this season.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August 10, 2019
The Diamondbacks have surprised many with their Wildcard push. They continue to benefit from strong hitting and pitching. Arizona is only three games out of a Wildcard spot. Their next four series’ occur against divisional opponents.
The D-Backs stand ninth in the Major Leagues with an average of 5.14 runs on the season. The Arizona pitching staff features a solid 4.32 team ERA, positioning them 10th in the Majors. The D-Backs are a competitive 32-30 on the road entering Monday.
Jon Gray Attempts to Lift Home Record to 6-2
Jon Gray will get the nod for the 26th time of the year, aiming for his first win of the month. Gray was shelled in his previous start, serving up seven runs (three earned) in 5.2 innings against the Padres in a 9-3 loss. The veteran right-hander hasn’t been quite as sharp recently, although overall he has been the Rockies most consistent starter, and he brings a 4.06 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP accompanied with a 10-8 record in 142 innings into this one. Gray has held the D-Backs to seven runs (six earned) in 16.1 innings this season, and he stands at 3-4 with a subpar 4.77 ERA in 10 career meetings against the division foes. Nick Amed is 2 for 10 against Gray, while Eduardo Escobar is 3 for 9, and Adam Jones is 2 for 8.
Trevor Story has only driven in three RBI’s against Arizona this season, although he features a stellar .386 average in 44 at-bats against the division foes. The young shortstop is playing well, driving in eight runs on the month, and he is currently hitting .282 with 26 home runs and 66 RBI’s on the season.
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— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 11, 2019
The Rockies are having a disappointing season, and they are going to miss the playoffs after reaching the NLDS last year. They have really struggled down the stretch and their pitching issues have become apparent. They rank second-last in the bigs with a 1.48 team WHIP.
The Rockies are scoring an average of 5.29 runs on the season, good for seventh in the Major Leagues. The Colorado pitching staff is carrying an awful 5.56 team ERA, pegging them down at 29th overall. The Rockies are 29-27 at Coors Field.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
The Colorado Rockies are:
- 1-4 in Gray’s last 5 starts.
- 3-9 in their last 12 home games against a team with a winning record.
- 3-7 in their last 10 home games.