The Colorado Rockies will be seeking a series win on Saturday in the desert as they take on their NL West division rivals in the Arizona Diamondbacks. Join us for our MLB odds series, where our Rockies-Diamondbacks prediction and pick will be revealed.
After the Rockies were led by a pair of Kris Bryant home runs, Colorado was able to get even with Arizona in a 6-5 win on Friday. With the victory, the Rockies are now tied with the D-Backs out west with a 37-47 record. Looking to help the Rox capture a third-straight victory will be lefty Kyle Freeland who is 4-6 with a 4.43 ERA.
The Diamondbacks nearly staged an epic comeback in the ninth of yesterday's thrilling matchup but they ultimately came up a run short. Now losers of three straight games, the D-Backs will counter with a southpaw of their own in Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner is 4-8 with a 3.74 ERA in 17 games started.
Courtesy of FanDuel, here are the Rockies-Diamondbacks MLB odds.
MLB Odds: Rockies-Diamondbacks Odds
Colorado Rockies: +1.5 (-184)
Arizona Diamondbacks: -1.5 (+152)
Over: 9 (-105)
Under: 9 (-115)
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Why The Rockies Could Cover the Spread
When the Rockies signed slugger Kris Bryant to a monumental contract over the off-season, they had dreamed of the once longtime Cub crushing home runs into the thin air of Coors Field and possibly enjoying a few years of belting baseballs acting out as the Rockies anchor in the middle of the lineup. While things have gotten off to a rocky start thanks to a nagging back injury that kept Bryant on the IL for a couple of months, the 30-year-old power hitter is officially back. With his first three home runs coming in the purple pinstripes, this version of Kris Bryant is exactly what Colorado had hoped on getting when they offered him such a massive deal back in March.
Bryant is now 13-32 during an eight-game stretch with three doubles, three home runs, and five RBIs.
The rest of the Colorado offense are no slouches either. On the year, the Rox are ripping the cover off of the ball with the second-best batting average in the entire league at .259. Additionally, Colorado is also seventh in on-base percentage and 11th in slugging percentage.
When you take a peek at the arms on this roster, then it makes sense why Colorado is currently ten games under .500. The Rockies team ERA through 84 games sits at a 4.94 mark. This is the third-highest ERA in all of major league baseball. Not to mention, but teams are slashing an extremely lofty .273 average off of them.
Regardless, it will be up to left-handed twirler Kyle Freeland to try to guarantee a series win with a victory on Saturday afternoon. In his last start, Freeland surrendered four runs during 5 2/3 innings pitched in the 5-3 loss at Dodger Stadium.
Why The Diamondbacks Could Cover the Spread
After a tough loss at home on Friday, Arizona's record at Chase Field in front of their spirited fans at 21-25. Even worse, but the recent loss now puts the D-Backs in a tie for last place with the Rockies. Surely, both sides do not want to be the team that occupies the cellar of the NL West. Facing a team in the Rockies that mightily struggle out on the road, the opening two games of this series have been a disappointment to say the least for the D-Backs.
Regardless of these shortcomings, Arizona still managed to make sports bettors who sided with them on Friday happy heading into the weekend. They can have a repeat of this by playing a balanced game from within the batter's box and on the mound disrupting Colorado's hitters' timing.
On paper, the Diamondbacks hitting numbers take a backseat in comparison to the Rockies, but it will be their pitching that has an edge on Saturday. While the once elite Madison Bumgarner is a shell of his former self, the 32-year-old has still hunkered down a 3.74 ERA which would be the 39th lowest mark in baseball. With a whopping 39 starts under his belt against the Rockies in his career, Bumgarner is 18-10 with a 3.39 ERA in such outings.
A combination of Bumgarner's success on the mound and some timely hitting would do wonders for this clubhouse on Saturday. Look for first-baseman Christian Walker to have his say in this one, as although he is only raking .213 on the season, he has still swatted 21 home runs out of the park and leads the club with 42 RBIs.
Final Rockies-Diamondbacks Prediction & Pick
While this tightly contested matchup saw itself go down to the wire on Friday, expect more of the same to take place today. The Rockies typically struggle out on the road and have been fortunate to receive some clutch play over the course of the past couple of days. However, expect the Diamondbacks to come out with some urgency in order to keep them out of the basement of the division. Arizona should win this one, but the closeness of both sides will keep the Rockies in it for the majority of the ballgame.
Final Rockies-Diamondbacks Prediction & Pick: Rockies +1.5 (-184)