The N.L. West will be on display Wednesday evening as the Arizona Diamondbacks (2-3) will take on the Colorado Rockies (1-4). The Rockies will host this one from Coors Field, with first pitch scheduled for 8:40 pm E.T.
This will be the second game of a three-game series. On Tuesday, it might have taken extra innings, but the Diamondbacks were able to finally beat the Rockies in the 13th, 10-8.
Wednesday’s pitching matchup features Madison Bumgarner (0-0, 13.50 ERA) going for Arizona against Colorado’s Antonio Senzatela (0-1, 18.90 ERA).
Colorado is the slight favorite playing at home. They are -115 to win while the Diamondbacks’ moneyline sits at -105. The runline features Arizona +1.5, and the over/under for total runs is 11.5.
By The Numbers
Offensively, Colorado has been the stronger of the two teams early in the season. They rank 9th in scoring averaging 5.80 runs per game. Arizona falls to 13th averaging 4.40 runs per game.
Defensively, it is the Diamondbacks that hold the slight edge. They rank 22nd in the league in runs allowed per game at 5.60. The Rockies rank 28th, allowing opponents 7.20 runs per game.
Bumgarner Trying To Recapture Old Form
It seems like just yesterday that Madison Bumgarner was a perennial N.L. Cy Young candidate. While those days may be long gone, he is still trying to help the Diamondbacks win in a tough N.L. West division.
Unfortunately, Bumgarner was not able to find much success in his first outing, allowing six runs in just four innings of work. It was just 2019 that he went 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA for the San Francisco Giants, but his brief tenure with Arizona has left a lot to be desired thus far.
Offensively, the Diamondbacks have been led early in the season by center fielder Ketel Marte. Thus far, he is hitting .524/.565/.952 with two home runs and three runs batted in.
In the win on Tuesday, first baseman Christian Walker and catcher Stephen Vogt both homered.
Colorado Trying To Find Success At New Home To All-Star Game
After MLB decided to pull the All-Star game from Atlanta due to concerns over new voting laws in Georgia, Colorado was awarded the mid-summer classic this year. With excitement buzzing around the organization with this announcement, the club is trying to add to that buzz by playing some winning baseball at home.
To do so, they will hope to continue mashing the ball like they did Tuesday night. Even in a loss, the Rockies hit five solo home runs, including three from third baseman Ryan McMahon.
Just five games in, McMahon has now hit four home runs. Sam Hilliard and Dom Nunez have added two apiece.
Defensively is where Colorado has to improve.
On the mound for the Rockies, Wednesday will be righty Antonio Senzatela. He was roughed up in his first start against the Dodgers, giving up seven runs in just over three innings of work. He will look to bounce back on Wednesday night.
Taking Arizona On The Runline
There is not a lot of confidence in either of these teams. While Madison Bumgarner has more name recognition than Antonio Senzatela, neither have exactly inspired a lot of confidence lately.
With the expectation for a lot of runs Wednesday, highlighted by the 11.5 over/under, the best bet might be to take the team being spotted the 1.5 runs, which in this case is the Arizona Diamondbacks.