Dbacks @ Rockies Preview: Trumbo to Hit Second
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The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to get their momentum back against the team that gave it to them last week, the Colorado Rockies. A series win just a few days ago still lingers between these two teams and the Rockies are sure to try to avenge the loss. Coors Field offers a platform for slumping offenses to get back on track and that’s what Arizona will attempt to do.
After exploding for double digit hits in their two wins over Colorado and scoring a combined 21 runs in those games, Arizona was halted by Los Angeles over the weekend. the Dbacks were shutout twice. Look for Paul Goldschmidt and Co. to flex their muscles.
Josh Collmenter (2-3, 2.76 ERA, 16 K) vs Tyler Matzek (2-0, 2.70 ERA, 13 K)
Josh Collmenter will look to duplicate the last outing he had against Colorado last week. In a 9-1 victory, Collmenter went 8 innings strong. He allowed a run (unearned), gave up five hits and struck out six. In Collmenter’s two victories, he’s gone a combined 17 innings while allowing no earned runs. However, pitching in Coors Field is not a pleasant task for most.
Tyler Matzek was the winner of Colorado’s lone victory in the Arizona series. Matzek went a modest 5 innings, allowing five hits and two runs. Matzek has yet to allow more than two earned runs in each of his four outings. However, Matzek has not pitched more than 6 innings in each of his four outings either.
Here are the starting lineups.
The most eye-popping (and rightfully so) change to the Arizona lineup is Mark Trumbo hitting in the number 2 slot. Almost as equally astounding is A.J. Pollock hitting cleanup. If the skipper wanted to show a message to his ballplayers, he succeeded.
In a hitter’s environment and Trumbo’s recent success against Colorado (7-for-12 last week), it makes sense to get him on base in front of one of the hottest hitters in the MLB, Goldschmidt. Pollock hitting 4th is puzzling, but Yasmany Tomas has struggled against left handed pitching. Here’s hoping it works.
First pitch is at 5:40 MST in Colorado.