The Arizona Diamondbacks finally ended their losing streak on Saturday, halting it at nine and with their 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres yesterday.
They have a two-game win streak going into this three-game series with the 45-73 Colorado Rockies. The Diamondbacks are third in the NL West at 59-59 and might still be on the verge of total collapse.
Tonight the Diamondbacks will open this series at Coors Field with Merrill Kelly on the mound against Chris Flexen. Kelly is 9-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 20 starts while Flexen is 1-5 with a 7.92 ERA in 20 appearances.
Let’s get into the odds for this NL West matchup in Colorado.
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies odds, run line and total
Diamondbacks vs. Rockies prediction and pick
The Diamondbacks losing streak was a rough one, but the Rockies are on a five-game skid themselves right now. The last place team in the division has been playing terribly, and especially at the plate.
Typically the Rockies will at least have decent offensive numbers, but over the past 15 days they are 4-9 with a .575 team OPS and 42 runs scored. Those 42 runs are actually 10 more than Arizona scored over the same stretch.
Now, it won’t be a surprise to see Merrill Kelly shut down the Rockies, or really any team, he’s been very good this season.
He does have a 4.35 xERA which is a concern because that’s way above his ERA and even much higher than his 3.89 FIP. He may have regression coming, but he went six scoreless last time out against the Los Angeles Dodgers, so I don’t see the regression hitting against a slumping lineup.
However, it would be surprising for the Diamondbacks not to be able to generate any offense against Flexen. The Rockies just acquired him, essentially just to eat innings and he can barely even do that because he’s giving up so many runs.
Flexen is terrible, but there’s a very high total at Coors Field for two offenses that are struggling, so I see value on the under.
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