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5 of 5 Experts (100%) with a pick on the moneyline are aligned. 9* play on the Colorado Rockies (Straight-up).
Ben Burns: **OFF 3-0 SWEEP** BIG MONDAY MLB VIOLATOR! (25-13 YTD)
I successfully played against the Diamondbacks yesterday and I'm picking on them again today. Yesterday, I noted that the Padres couldn't afford to fall further behind the likes of the Rockies and Dodgers and that they needed to take advantage of the favorable matchup against Arizona. The same holds true for the Rockies here. Off a loss yesterday and with the Dodgers winning again, this is a matchup that they need to make the most of. Gray has a 3.30 ERA and 0.979 WHIP. The Rockies have won three of his last four starts against the Dbax. Ray, on the other hand, has an ugly 9.49 ERA and 1.949 WHIP. Since the start of 2016, Arizona is 4-10 when Ray has started against the Rockies.
Al McMordie: BIG AL's MLB ROADKILL WINNER (61-30 RUN)!
Two starters known for their strikeouts and lack of control go to the mound opposite each other tonight in Denver. But while the D-Backs LH Robbie Ray has put his wildness on full display while continuing his K numbers so far this season (he leads the league in walks allowed while averaging almost 12 punchouts per nine IP), Jon Gray is showing us something different. The 28 YO RH who has called Colorado his baseball home since he came into the league has only managed seven K's in 16 1/3 innings, but his walk rate is down and he has a very nice 3.31 ERA through three starts. Now he just needs to find a way to get a win on this hot Rockies club that is 11-4 despite losing on Sunday. Clearly the oddest thing about Gray is how well he pitches in Coors Field. In 58 games here (57 starts) Gray has an amazing 25-11 record and a solid (for Coors) ERA of 4.34. The Rox are 18-9 in Gray's last 27 home starts with a total of 10 runs or higher.
Larry Ness: Larry's MLB 10* Las Vegas Insider (MLB: +$5,475 YTD)
The Colorado Rockies went 71-91 in 2019, leaving them a whopping 35 games back of the NL West champion LA Dodgers. The Rockies return to Denver on Monday, off a 5-3 Sunday loss at Seattle. However, the Rockies had won the first two of their three-game set with the Mariners and have won ALL five series they have played this season. Colorado is 11-4 and off to its best 15-game start since 2013! Arizona is off an 85-77 season (21 games back of LA) but had hopes of making the 2020 postseason, which has been expanded from 10 to 16 teams. So far, NOT so good. The D'backs opened the season losing three of four at San Diego and comes off losing two of three this past weekend against the Padres, again playing in San Diego. Arizona comes to Coors Field 6-10 and last in the NL West.
Before discussing the game's starting pitchers, a little about the teams. The Rockies lead all of MLB with a .261 BA and their pitching staff owns a team ERA of 2.84, which ranks 4th-best. When one considers Colorado's team ERA was 5.56 (29th of 30 teams in 2019), that's QUITE an improvement. In comparison, the D'backs are batting just .211 as a team (amazingly, SIX teams are actually hitting worse!) and Arizona's pitching staff sports a 5.48 ERA (29th of 30 teams)!
Arizona lefty Robbie Ray (1-2, 9.45 ERA) gets the nod tonight at Coors Field, opposed by Colorado's Jon Gray (0-1, 3.31 ERA). Ray has clearly struggled in his first three starts (1.95 WHIP to go along with his 9.45 ERA). He will make his 18th career start against Colorado, going 5-5 with a 5.20 ERA in his first 17 (team is 6-11). Gray also makes his fourth start of 2020 and has deserved much better than to be winless. Colorado's offense has been one of the best in the league but in Gray's three starts, the offense has scored just two runs in each contest, while he was in the game.
That HAS to change! Opposing hitters are batting just .194 Gray and remember, Arizona is hitting .211 as a team in 2020. What's more, excluding Arizona's 14-run outburst against Houston back on August 5th, the D'backs have averaged a woeful 2.8 RPG in their other 15 games. The Rockies had scored four or more runs in 12 straight games before Sunday's 5-3 loss and my bet says gray gets the support he needs tonight to pick up his first win.
Mike Lundin: MONDAY NIGHT BALLPARK BLOWOUT TOP PLAY
The Colorado Rockies fell to 11-4 on the season after taking 5-3 loss to the Mariners on Sunday. They have bounced back to win the next game after the previous setbacks and I like them to do it again here against an Arizona team that is just 6-10 on the season.
D'Backs lefty Robbie Ray (1-2, 9.45 ERA) has had an abysmal start to the season. Last time out he gave up six runs in just five innings. He served up three home runs in that contest has allowed six homers on the season. Last year, he posted a 4.38 ERA in three starts covering 12 1/3 frames here at Coors Field. C
Colorado counters with Jon Gray (0-1, 3.31 ERA) who's had a decent start to the year despite getting roughed up by the Giants in his most recent start. Last season, Gray was 6-2 with a 3.46 ERA here at Coors Field and he posted a 3.31 ERA in three starts against Arizona.
The Rockies are 7-0 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter and the Diamondbacks are 2-10 in their last 12 games as a road underdog.
Tim Michael: SITUATIONAL MONEY-MAKER > > 15-7 (+$7,000) ALL L7 DAYS!
The Rockies return home off a 5-3 loss at Seattle, but the Rockies are 11-4 overall and I think they'll lay the hammer down here vs. this inconsistent D-Backs side. Jon Gray is 0-1 with a 3.31 ERA for the home side, while Robbie Ray is 1-2 with a 9.45 ERA for the visitors. Both veterans have had success against their respective opponents today, but clearly each enters on the other end of the spectrum as far as their current overall form is concerned. Combine that with the sluggish start that the D-Back are having at the plate (especially on the road!), and it makes this a price in which I have no issues at all in laying on this red hot home side!
Best of luck!
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