The Colorado Rockies started their season with a win, cashing as a big dog on the betting lines on Opening Day, but they’ve been an unmitigated disaster ever since. They’ve lost four in a row, including a barnburner on Tuesday night when they fell 10-8 in 13 innings to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The two teams are back at it on Wednesday, but which side will bounce back? Let’s take a look at the matchup and remember, there are lots of MLB specials in the sportsbook right now.
Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies
Date: Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 – 8:40 p.m. ET
Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO
The Diamondbacks will be sending Madison Bumgarner to the mound and he hasn’t had such a good start to his season. In his lone start this season, Bumgarner lasted just four innings but coughed up seven hits and six earned runs. He did have six strikeouts, which was decent, but he also gave up three walks and two home runs, which did him in. He has seemingly continued his poor play from the shortened 2020 season when he pitched 41.2 innings and posted a 6.48 ERA.
Bumgarner only faced the Rockies once last season but it was actually one of his more successful starts. He went five innings and gave up just two hits with no walks and no earned runs. He struck out four batters. In 2019, though, he gave up 16 runs in 31.0 innings of work against the Rockies, so it’s hard to know what we’ll get from him in this spot. The Diamondbacks will need a strong outing from him because the bullpen was overextended on Tuesday night. They had to pitch into the 13th inning, so they won’t have a lot of gas in the tank.
The Rockies are expected to send out Antonio Senzatela for Wednesday’s affair with the Diamondbacks. Senzatela has had a disastrous start to his 2021 campaign as he only lasted 3.1 innings in his first start. He was batted around by the Los Angeles Dodgers, which is why you’ll see a whopping 18.90 ERA and only two strikeouts. He gave up nine hits and seven earned runs.
Last season, he was only able to post a 5-3 record in 73.1 innings and was able to hold a 3.44 ERA. It is safe to say that he will need to improve quite a bit if they want any chance to pull out a win against the Diamondbacks. Throughout his career, he holds an average of 5.11 ERA and 9.8 hits every nine innings played.
After playing such a long game just a night ago, we could very well see Senzatela get a little more rope than usual here. Though, who knows if he has enough in him to pitch a solid game against an Arizona team that is still struggling to find their bats. If he is able to put up a strong game here, then they will look for a solid batting game in order to close out the Diamondbacks and pick up another win to start off their season.