Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Free Pick - 9/21/13
Arizona Diamondbacks (77-76) at Colorado Rockies (71-84)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Coors Field)
Trevor Cahill (R) (6-10) (4.249) vs. Collin McHugh (R) (0-2) (7.071)
The Line: Colorado Rockies -124 / Arizona Diamondbacks +114 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Arizona, ROOT-Rocky Mountain
The Arizona Diamondbacks look to get back in the win column at Coors Field on Saturday.
Arizona appeared like they could be the team to beat in the National League West before the Dodgers made a shambles of the division. Now the only goal is to finish the season with a winning record, which is no sure thing after Friday's 9-4 defeat at Coors, leaving the Snakes one game above .500. If the Diamondbacks are to reach their goal, they'll need better hitting and pitching with the pen collapsing. Starter Randall Delgado gave up two runs in five frames, while the next four relievers allowed seven. The Zona attack saw AJ Pollack and Paul Goldschmidt homer and drive in two runs apiece. Trevor Cahill looks to continue his hot pitching when he takes on Colorado at Coors Field. Cahill has been at the top of his game the last six times out, where he has gone 3-0 with three no decisions.
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Like Arizona, the Rockies looked like they could be a factor in the National League West early on, but Colorado has been in a long, slow slide. Colorado has always been known as a very dangerous offensive club, but the bats have been inconsistent and the work on the mound needs support to be successful. Hitting and scoring weren't an issue Friday and neither was the pitching, with Jhoulys Chacin giving up a pair of runs over six innings of work to win number 14. The Rockies offense rode the long ball, with Chacin, Troy Tulowitzki, Corey Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon clubbing home runs. Collin McHugh makes just his second start for the Rockies since coming over from the Mets. McHugh looks to duplicate his last effort where he allowed a lone run through five innings of a 6-2 win over St Louis.
The last few weeks can be brutal to predict with call ups and lineups different every day. All things being equal, I would say Arizona has the edge if Cahill continues to throw well...