The Arizona Diamondbacks got off to a rather rocky start, losing three of their first four games to the San Diego Padres. Then they lost two of three games against the Colorado Rockies, and were at the bottom looking up. Despite rallying to win seven out of their last nine, the Diamondbacks have a record of 12-12, which is good for fourth in the National League West. On Thursday, they face the only division team below them, the Colorado Rockies, and the MLB Betting line in the sportsbook is Arizona Diamondbacks -146 with a total of nine runs and shaded to the over.
According to ESPN’s MLB power rankings, Colorado is in the toughest division in the major leagues. The Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are all on the rise and have deep postseason plans. Then there is Colorado, which seems to still be shaking off the side effects of a seven-game losing streak, going 2-3 in their last five, including losing a series to the aforementioned Giants.
Diamondbacks Need Help
Arizona knows the team is playing better of late. Before its recent series in San Diego, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was asked about the recent rash of wins and credited the team’s starting pitchers. “The reason we’re playing good baseball right now is our starting pitching. … Easy to say that after Atlanta, but even before that, we’ve had some really good pitching the past 10 days or so.”
It still remains to be seen whether Arizona’s pitchers have what it takes to pull out a win against the Rockies. After already losing a series to them earlier this month, it’s no surprise the D’backs are now looking to redeem themselves as they send right-hander Luke Weaver to the mound. Weaver is only 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA and he has walked five while giving up 19 hits and five home runs. In his 21.2 innings, Weaver also has 19 strikeouts, and Arizona will look for more of that from its young starter.
Rockies Need More Help
To put it bluntly, the Colorado Rockies aren’t doing well. They may have beaten the Arizona Diamondbacks twice already, but the rest of April has not been as fortunate for the Rockies. After starting the season with a win against the world champion Dodgers, they collapsed from the high and lost the next three games against Los Angeles. The losing streak hurt, but after dropping the series at home to the New York Mets, something happened in Colorado.
The Rockies swept Houston and took two out of three from the Philadelphia Phillies. Then they went to San Francisco and ran into the red-hot Giants. Avoiding the sweep in an extra-inning Game 2, the Rockies still lost the series after failing to hit what pitcher Alex Wood was throwing at them in Wednesday’s Game 3.
Despite their recent run of poor performances, after the win against the Giants, team manager Bud Black said: “We’ve had tough losses on the road, close games, a pitch here or there, a big knock here or there. Tonight, we got the big knocks. … We have to get the big hit when we have the opportunity. Hopefully moving forward we’ll get more.” The problem for Black is that the Rockies are on the road on Thursday night.
Rockies on Deck
Colorado comes in winning five out of its last eight and Arizona has decided to start Antonio Senzatela, who is 1-3 and has an ERA of 5.76. Whether the Rockies can carry their new-found momentum into Thursday’s game is still a big question. However, Colorado must surely feel that Senzatela on the mound gives it a shot to get out of the NL West basement. Arizona is 3-4 at home, so taking the Rockies isn’t that much of a stretch. The upset is the bet here and the pick is the Colorado Rockies to win the series at a price of +150.