The Diamondbacks took a step back in the National League Wild Card race over the weekend, losing three out of four games at home versus the division-rival San Francisco Giants. After winning Sunday’s series finale, Arizona enters the week 4.5-games back of the Chicago Cubs for the final postseason spot in the National League. Getting back into postseason contention will be an uphill battle, as they open up a three-game series versus a Rockies’ team that has won four in a row. Can the Diamondbacks get back on the winning track versus the Rockies on Tuesday night?
Ryan McMahon breaking out in second half
Despite their recent success, the Rockies remain out of postseason contention in the National League, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a few bright spots down the stretch for Colorado. Ryan McMahon has been one of those bright spots for the Rockies, especially since the All-Star Break. The 24-year-old second baseman has flashed signs of an impending breakout in the second half of the season. He’s hitting a healthy .293 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs in 116 at-bats since the break, compared to just .256 with seven home runs in 238 at-bats prior to the Midsummer Classic.
Just a 453-foot homer from Ryan McMahon 🚀
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) May 4, 2019
Left-hander Kyle Freeland is scheduled to toe the rubber for the Rockies in Game 2 of their series on the road at Chase Field. The 26-year-old has struggled for the better part of the season, taking a major step backward after last season’s breakout campaign. Freeland is 3-10 with a 7.09 ERA in 19 starts this year, but he’s shown signs of improvement over his last three starts. The Rockies’ lefty has completed six innings in back-to-back starts for just the second time this season last time out against these very DBacks. In that outing, he managed to escape with a no-decision despite allowing five earned runs in six innings of work.
Freeland has made three starts in total against Arizona this season, going 0-1 despite posting a 10.80 ERA in 15 combined innings of work. He was 3-2 with a 2.80 ERA in his previous eight career starts versus Arizona. According to Baseball Savant, current DBacks’ hitters own a .299 batting average in 118 plate appearances off the Rockies’ lefty heading into Tuesday’s contest.