Most people would never dare suggest that a team has their division locked up before we have seen the All-Star Game played in the MLB, yet there is one team that we can all quite confidently crown right now. That would be the LA Dodgers, as they are setting a pace that the rest of the division cannot come close to matching. The Dodgers will almost certainly finish the first half of the season with the best record in baseball, and it is more than likely that they will be at the top of the NL West by the time this regular season is said and done.
If we are to assume that the Dodgers cannot be caught at this point, the question now is whether any of the other teams in the division can work their way into the Wild Card. The Colorado Rockies are certainly knocking on the door and they will try to improve their position with a weekend series on the road in Arizona. The Diamondbacks are in as a 1 ½ run favorite for the Friday night game, with the run total for this one set at 8 ½.
Rockies vs Diamondbacks MLB Odds, Game Info & Pick
- When: Friday, July 5 at 9:10 PM EST
- Where: Chase Field, Phoenix
- Starting Pitchers: Senzatela vs. Greinke
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: ESPN 1320
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Arizona Diamondbacks -180 (Total 8.5)
Why bet on the Colorado Rockies?The Colorado Rockies are one of the most frustrating teams in the league this season. After getting off to an awful start, they got into a groove that very quickly had them moving up the standings in the National League. This is a very talented team, but they are once again starting to slide, coming into this game on a 3-game losing skid that has taken them to 4-6 in their last 10 games and 44-42 overall.
That has them sitting 14 ½ games out of the lead in the NL West, which isn’t entirely surprising given how good the Dodgers have been this season. The good news for the Rockies is that they are just a single game out of the Wild Card. They are also 8-2 SU versus the Diamondbacks this season. It will be Antonio Senzatela (7-5, 4.83 ERA) who gets the start.
- Runs: 5.64
- Hits: 9.53
- Walks: 2.99
- Strike Outs: 9.45
- Runs: 5.48
- Hits: 9.52
- Walks: 3.47
- Strike Outs: 8.21
Why bet on the Arizona Diamondbacks?The Diamondbacks are still in the Wild Card hunt, but they have been on a run of form of late that has seen them slip down the pack. While they are still just 3 games out of the final WC spot in the National League, there are also a lot of teams in front of them right now. Like the Rockies, they are coming into this series on a 3-game losing streak to go to 5-5 SU in their last 10 games.
One of the biggest issues for Arizona this season has been their play in their own ballpark, where they are just 17-22. As mentioned earlier, they are also a very poor 2-8 SU versus the Rockies in previous meetings this season. They will have Zack Greinke (9-3, 2.90 ERA) on the mound for this one.
- Runs: 5.08
- Hits: 9.13
- Walks: 3.05
- Strike Outs: 8.56
- Runs: 4.61
- Hits: 8.68
- Walks: 3.23
- Strike Outs: 8.63
Rockies vs Diamondbacks MLB Betting Trends
- Rockies are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado’s last 5 games against an opponent in the National League
- Diamondbacks are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Colorado
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Arizona’s last 8 games played in July
- Rockies are 65-63 against the money line in road games over the last 2 seasons
- Diamondbacks are 57-63 against the money line in home games over the last 2 seasons
- Senzatela is 2-3 when starting against ARIZONA with an ERA of 5.25 and a WHIP of 1.444
- Greinke is 12-7 when starting against COLORADO with an ERA of 3.94 and a WHIP of 1.229
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Rockies vs DiamondbacksWhile the Diamondbacks tend to win when Greinke is on the mound, they have just had a terrible time figuring out the Rockies this season. I am going to hedge my bets a little here and take the Rockies ATS, although I also like them to win.
Score: Colorado Rockies 4 – Arizona Diamondbacks 3