Wednesday, October 4, 2017

NL Wild Card Game Thread: Colorado Rockies @ Arizona Diamondbacks


And just like that ladies and gentleman it is game time once again as the National League takes center stage tonight with the NL Wild Card Game. In tonight’s matchup between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies there will be no secrets, no new strategies or tricks and there will be no element of surprise. These two teams have faced off 19 times this season including ten times coming inside Chase Field where the game is about to kick off. This game will be closely played between these two teams and one mistake could be the difference between going on to face off with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS and going home for the winter. The Diamondbacks will send Zack Greinke to the mound looking to punch Arizona’s ticket to the NLDS while Jon Gray will head to the mound for Colorado with similar plans for him and his Rockies teammates. The game will be played at 8:08 pm ET inside Chase Field and can be seen on TBS. Enjoy the game!

Prediction: Diamondbacks win 3-1





Diamondbacks:
RF David Peralta (.293, 14, 57)
SS Ketel Marte (.260, 5, 18)
1B Paul Goldschmidt (.297, 36, 120, 94 BBs, .966 OPS)
LF J.D. Martinez (.303, 45, 104, 1.066 OPS)
3B Jake Lamb (.248, 30, 105)
CF A.J. Pollock (.266, 14, 49)
2B Daniel Descalso (.233, 10, 51)
C Jeff Mathis (.215, 2, 11)
Chris Iannetta (.254, 17, 43, .354 OBP)




Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20, 215 Ks in 202 1/3 IP)

RH Fernando Rodney (5-4, 4.23, 39/45 saves)
RH Archie Bradley (3-3, 1.73, 79 Ks)
LH Andrew Chafin (1-0, 3.51)
LH Robbie Ray (15-5, 2.89, 218 Ks)
LH Patrick Corbin (14-13, 4.03)
RH Zack Godley (8-9, 3.37)
RH David Hernandez (2-1, 4.82)
RH Jimmie Sherfy (2-0, 0.00)






Rockies:
CF Charlie Blackmon (.331, 37 HRs, 104 RBIs, 14 triples, 14 SBs)
2B DJ LeMahieu (.310, 8, 64)
3B Nolan Arenado (.309, 37, 130)
RF Carlos Gonzalez (.262, 14, 57, 34 doubles)
SS Trevor Story (.239, 24, 82)
1B Mark Reynolds (.267, 30, 97)
LF Ian Desmond (.274, 7, 40)
C Jonathan Lucroy (.265, 6, 40)




Jon Gray (10-6, 3.67 ERA in 20 starts, 110 1/3 IP)

RH Greg Holland (3-6, 3.61 ERA, 41/45 saves)
LH Mike Dunn (5-1, 4.47)
LH Jake McGee (0-2, 3.61, 3 saves)
RH Scott Oberg (0-1, 4.94)
RH Pat Neshek (5-3, 1.59)
LH Chris Rusin (5-1, 2.65)






The Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 11 out of 19 times these two teams faced one another in 2017. These two teams split the ten games at Chase Field with five wins each though.

Colorado swept Arizona in the 2007 NLCS, the only other time these two teams have met in the postseason.

The Rockies offense has a collective .260 batting average with 15 home runs and 42 RBI career against Zack Greinke.

The Diamondbacks offense has a collective .295 batting average with two home runs and 11 RBI against Jon Gray.

Zack Greinke is 13-1 with a 2.87 ERA at home this season. Greinke is also 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA in five starts against the Rockies this season.

Gray has allowed three or fewer runs in 13 consecutive starts this season.


Fernando Rodney had six blown saves in 2017, two of them came against the Colorado Rockies. 

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