Although the Rockies are in third place in their division, they have little to no chance of making it into the postseason unless multiple teams in front of them experience extreme breakdowns in September. Colorado trails the Dodgers by 11 games and the Giants by nine, so their only hope would be a wild card berth. However, they’re still behind in that race by six and a half games. The Rockies certainly have the offense to do it, but their pitching staff has let them down all year. Only one of their five starters, Tyler Anderson, has an ERA below 4.00, and all of their records are around the .500 mark. Despite the losses of Trevor Story and Tyler Chatwood to the DL recently, the Rockies have continued to put up a fight against every team they face. Powerful bats like Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado, and Charlie Blackmon have led the way, while D.J. LeMahieu and Mark Reynolds have added to their efforts. The Rockies are 8-5 against Arizona this season and 32-31 at home.
The Diamondbacks have not experienced the same success as Colorado has, and as a result they sit in last place in the division, with a gap of 18 and a half games between them and the first-place Dodgers. This means that it’s time to call up the minor leaguers for September, so some new faces could appear in this series. At 55-76, the Diamondbacks have the third-worst record in the MLB, topping only Atlanta and Minnesota. The Diamondbacks can also attribute much of their failure to their young, inexperienced pitching staff. Trading for Shelby Miller was arguably the worst move in the franchise’s history, and spending over $200 million on Zach Greinke turned out to be another poor decision. Greinke has pitched only 130 innings this season due to injury and his 4.29 ERA is not even close to what he put up with the Dodgers in previous seasons. The one bright spot for Arizona has been Paul Goldschmidt, who currently owns a .303 batting average, 20 homers, and 78 RBI’s. Season-ending injuries to Rubby De la Rosa and David Peralta have only accelerated the team’s rebuilding process, but it might not be enough for this meeting with the Rockies.
The Rockies’ ace, Jorge De La Rosa, will man the mound for them on Friday against the D-Backs. Despite his 5.09 ERA, De La Rosa has compiled a respectable 8-7 record this season and reached the milestone of 100 career wins. He’s 1-2 in his last four home starts, and 1-0 in two starts against Arizona this season. The winning decision came at home.
For the Diamondbacks, little-used Braden Shipley will start. This will be his eighth start of the season, and his first against Colorado. Shipley has a 4.75 ERA and a 2-3 record in his first seven outings, and is 2-2 on the road. He’s fared much better against lefties than righties this season, so that could bode well for him against a Colorado lineup that’s filled with powerful lefties.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Shipley is young and inexperienced, and Coors field is the worst place for a pitcher like that. Back De La Rosa to suppress the D-Backs offense and for the Rockies to win 10-4.