Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks NL Wild Card Game - 10/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Rockies (87-75) at Arizona Diamondbacks (93-69)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 8:08 pm (Chase Field)
Jon Gray (10-4) (3.67) vs. Z Greinke (17-7) (3.20)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -163 / Colorado Rockies +153 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
Down at Chase Field on Wednesday evening, the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks will be meeting up in the NL Wild Card Game.
The Rockies finished 87-75 this year, and they’re coming off a weekend series against the Dodgers. Colorado won game one of that set on Friday 9-1, but fell in the weekend games 5-3 and 6-3.
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The Rockies will be sending out RHP Jon Gray for the Wild Card Game. In his 110.1 innings and 10-4 record this year, Gray finished 10-4 with a 3.67 ERA, 112 Ks and 30 BBs.
Colorado has some big-time hitters this year. Carlos Blackmon finished the season with 213 hits, 137 runs, 37 homers and 104 RBI, while DJ LeMahieu posted 189 hits, 95 runs and 64 RBI.
Over on the Arizona side, they’re coming off a 93-69 campaign in the regular season. The Diamondbacks’ latest series was against the Royals; Arizona lost the first two games of that set but won the final matchup 14-2.
The Diamondbacks will be sending out RHP Zack Greinke on Wednesday. In his 202.1 innings and 17-7 record this year, Greinke has a 3.20 ERA with 215 Ks and 45 BBs.
Arizona has some solid bats as well. Paul Goldschmidt posted 166 hits, 117 runs, 36 homers and 120 runs in the regular season and David Peralta was second with 154 hits, 82 runs, 14 homers and 57 RBI.
The Rockies are 2-6 in their last eight road games and 1-5 in their last six games following an off day. Colorado is also 1-5 in their last six Wednesday games and 1-7 in their last eight playoff games.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are 5-0 in their last five Wednesday games and 24-11 in their last 35 overall. Arizona is also 2-7 in their last nine playoff games and 8-1 in Greinke’s last nine starts with four days’ rest.
Gray comes into this matchup cruising. He’s got four quality starts in his last five outings, and has allowed more than two earned just twice in the last nine games—and in those outings he allowed three earned. As for Greinke, he stumbled with eight earned on nine hits in 4.0 innings against the Marlins, but calmed down in KC his last time up with two earned in 4.0 innings. That Marlins game broke a string of five straight quality starts for Greinke, so he’s been pitching well also. This should be a great pitching matchup and a fun game to watch, but I have to give the edge to the at-home Diamondbacks behind Greinke. Gray has pitched well at home but is just 5-11 in the Rockies’ last 16 road starts versus a team with a winning record. Give me Arizona.