Get to Gray early
Not many postseason-eligible starting pitchers are throwing the baseball better than Jon Gray.
The right hander has not allowed more than three runs in 13 straight games, one shy of a Rockies’ club record. In his last five starts, Gray is 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA and in three starts against the D-backs, he went 2-1 and struck out 20 in two regular-season starts at Chase Field.
Gray has a plus slider and curveball to go along with a fastball that can reach the high-90’s. The D-backs will have to get to Gray early. The righty throws his fastball a lot on the first pitch and the D-backs have been at their best when swinging at the first offering.
Another reason to score early and often against Gray? The Rockies bullpen is the strength of their team.
The Rockies backend of right hander Pat Neshek, left hander Jake McGee and closer Greg Holland is as good as it gets. Here are the D-backs averages against those three relievers:
D-backs vs. Neshek: .320 AVG (7-for-20)
D-backs vs. McGee: .214 AVG (3-for-14)
D-backs vs. Holland: .083 (2-for-24)