Colorado Rockies (80-65; 60-78-7 O/U) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (83-62; 65-72-8 O/U)
MLB: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 3:40pm EST
Line: Arizona -160/Colorado +150
The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the Colorado Rockies as the NL rivals conclude a huge four game series Thursday afternoon from Chase Field. The Rockies will give the nod to 28-year old right-hander Chad Bettis, and the Diamondbacks will turn to 27-year old right-hander Zack Godley. The Diamondbacks lead the season series 9-8.
Bettis Finally Notches First Win of Season
Chad Bettis will make his seventh start of the season, aiming for his second straight win. Bettis didn’t quite have his best stuff in his previous start, allowing four runs (three earned) in five innings to the Dodgers and earned his first win of the year. The veteran right-hander has been roughed up in two of his six starts, and now owns a 4.98 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 34.1 innings pitched. He has not faced the Diamondbacks yet this season and stands at 1-1 with an awful 7.30 ERA in 37 career innings against the division rivals. Jake Lamb is 1 for 14 against Bettis, while Paul Goldschmidt is 7 for 19 with seven RBI’s, and Brandon Drury is 4 for 9. Nolan Arenado is having a very productive week, belting three home runs along with 11 RBI’s over his last six games. The 26-year old third baseman is having another monster season, sporting a .309 average with 33 home runs and a Major League leading 123 RBI’s. Arenado is 17 for 60 with 11 RBI’s against the Diamondbacks this season. The Rockies now have a 3.5 game cushion over the Cardinals for the second Wildcard position.
The Rockies are currently averaging a solid 5.12 runs per game, good for fifth in the Majors, and feature a terrific .272 team batting average. The Colorado pitching is carrying a 4.58 team ERA, positioning them 17th in the Major Leagues.
Godley Targets Third Win Against Rockies this Season
Zack Godley will take the mound for the 23rd time of the season, looking to push his record above .500 to 8-7. Godley was sharp in his latest effort, holding the Padres to only two runs over seven innings and recorded the win. The 6-foot-3 right-hander continues to pitch well on most nights and now features a 3.18 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP to go with a 7-7 record in 136 innings of work. He pitched well in both of his starts against the Rockies this season, allowing only four runs in 13 innings to go with a 2-0 record, and has now allowed a total of seven runs in 15.2 career innings against the rivals. Nolan Arenado is 1 for 4 against Godley, while DJ LeMahieu is 1 for 8, and Charlie Blackmon is 2 for 4 with two RBI’s. Paul Goldschmidt continues to do big damage against the Rockies pitching this season, crushing four homers along with 14 RBI’s. The 30-year old first baseman is having an excellent season, sporting a .307 average with 34 home runs and 112 RBI’s. Goldschmidt has driven in ten runs over his last ten games.
The Diamondbacks potent lineup is now averaging 4.94 runs per game, ranking them ninth overall, and are hitting .254 as a team. The Arizona pitching is sporting a stifling 3.63 team ERA, good for third in the Major Leagues.
The Colorado Rockies are:
- No Key Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
- 9-2 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record.
- 16-5 in their last 21 games overall.
- 6-1 in Godley’s last 7 home starts against a team with a winning record.
- 6-1 in their last 7 Thursday games.
I am taking the Diamondbacks in this contest. Bettis has struggled against Arizona throughout his career, posting a terrible 7.30 ERA, and he has also been shaky in three out of his last four starts. Also, Godley has limited the Rockies to only four runs in 13 innings this season, and Colorado is only hitting a combined .200 against him, so he should contain their bats and lead his team to victory.
Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks
Bettis has struggled against the Diamondbacks and he has not looked good as of late. The Diamondbacks lineup is hitting a combined .336 against Bettis, so they should have a strong night at the plate, and the over is 3-0-1 in Bettis last four starts against Arizona. While Godley continues to excel, the Rockies are swinging the bats well, and the over is 6-1-1 in the Rockies last eight games overall.