Arizona Diamondbacks (77-68) vs. Colorado Rockies (79-65)
MLB: Thurs., Sep. 13, 2018, 3:10 PM ET @ Coors Field
Spread: ARI +1.5, COL -1.5
Money Line: ARI +126, COL -136
Above Photo Source: SB Nation
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Two days after breaking their three-game skid, Arizona was bested by their opponents 5-4 despite leading the game after the fourth inning. Paul Goldschmidt scored the first run in the second inning after Nick Ahmed hit a sacrifice fly. Eduardo Escobar nails a 2-run homer in the third followed by a fourth-inning homer from Alex Avila. This game will bring fans a battle of top-notch pitchers who will deliver performances beyond levels. Starting for the D-Backs will be RHP Clay Buchholz (7-2, 2.01 ERA) who has been an important addition since being released from Kansas City. He’s started twice and allowed only three or more runs.
Last night, Colorado’s chances for a win were unlikely until they made a ninth-inning comeback. Runs by Jon Gray and DJ LeMahieu in the third inning got the team on the board. Nolan Arenado’s home run in the fifth inning had the team trailing 4-3. However, it was LeMahieu’s 2-run homer in the final inning that changed the game’s outcome. The Rockies will look to counter Buchholz with LHP Kyle Freeland (14-7, 2.91 ERA). He performed at his best against the Dodgers, allowing a run on four hits and a walk in his eight strikeouts. All of Freeland’s pitches kept his opponents off balance, and a solo homer was his only miscue.
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The one thing to see is how important this chapter of the rivalry is. They both want to be in the playoffs again, but this time it’s the Rockies who could be entering as the NL West division champions while Arizona would have to fight for that final spot as a wild card team. Having Buchholz and Freeland as starting pitchers will create another standoff in this chapter. On top of that, Arizona is one game ahead of Colorado throughout the whole season. However, they are the ones in need of a major push. They have a good standing to make it to the playoffs, but that could all change if they lose, starting with this game. A lot is to be expected, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.