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  W: M. Kelly (8-12)   L: C. Bettis (1-6)   S: A. Bradley (4)
5:40 PM PT6:40 PM MT7:40 PM CT8:40 PM ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 PM MST7:40 PM EST8:10 PM VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, August 12, 2019
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 32,160

Confident Diamondbacks set to face reeling Rockies

According to STATS
According to STATS

Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies

  1. Arizona begins a three-game set at Coors Field, where it is 2-5 this year, including a four-game sweep from May 27-30. The Diamondbacks are 5-8 overall against the Rockies this year despite holding the series edge in runs (71 to 70), ERA (4.85 to 5.19) and OPS (.840 to .771). In the seventh inning or later, Colorado owns the scoring edge 32-14.
  2. The Rockies are hitting .420 in 69 at-bats with the bases loaded, on pace to be the highest such batting average in MLB since 1974. The last team to hit .400 or better with the bases loaded was the 2007 Tigers, who hit .406 in 138 at-bats.
  3. The D-backs' bullpen has blown three saves in six opportunities this season against the Rockies. Since 2014, they've converted 51.3 percent (20 of 39) of their save opportunities against the Rockies, their worst mark against any team in the division.
  4. David Dahl enters the series on a 10-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the National League and tied for the longest active run in the majors (Tim Anderson, White Sox; J.D. Martinez, Red Sox). He is slashing .317/.364/.610 over his last 10 games with seven of his 13 hits going for extra bases.
  5. Eduardo Escobar is tied with Atlanta's Freddie Freeman for first in the NL with 51 RBI on the road this season. Escobar has a slash line of .367/.400/.700 with 16 RBI in 14 career games at Coors Field.
  6. Nolan Arenado has played a role in turning 30 double plays on defense this season, most among major league third basemen. Arenado has led NL third basemen in defensive double plays in each of the previous four seasons.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/12/2019 thru 8/14/2019

When the Arizona Diamondbacks traded ace Zack Greinke to Houston on July 31, it seemed like they were sacrificing the present for the future.

Without Greinke, chasing a playoff berth is considered a longshot, but nearly two weeks after the deal Arizona is still alive for one of the NL wild-card spots.

"I know that there's been a lot of change," manager Torey Lovullo told reporters a week after Greinke was traded to the Astros. "But I think the team now feels it's us. This is the group. We're moving forward each and every day and we're marching on."

The Diamondbacks have gone 5-4 since the trade and just finished a tough three-game road series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with 9-3 loss. They sit three games out of the second wild-card spot and have a chance to gain ground when they play a three-game series at Colorado starting Monday.

The Rockies had been on a good roll against the Diamondbacks before they swept a series in Arizona last month. It was at the front end of Colorado's downward spiral that has lasted six weeks and doesn't appear to be ending despite Sunday's 8-3 win at San Diego.

Since June 21, the Rockies are 13-31, the starting pitchers have combined for nearly a 7.00 ERA and the offense hasn't been able to pick up the slack. Colorado is headed to its first losing season since 2016 and has gone from a serious postseason contender to a last-place team.

The players and coaches are understandably frustrated.

"What diffuses it is guys getting some hits and relaxing, pitchers making pitches and ultimately getting some wins," manager Bud Black said in San Diego this weekend. "Through that, however, you can still enjoy this game through the competition. Sometimes it's hard to win a game. We're going through that stretch now where it's hard for us. It's been a long stretch of hard.

"The last couple of years, we've had some bad stretches, we've come out of it. Earlier in the year, we had a bad stretch and we came out of it. This is a little bit of a longer one. I don't know when we're going to come out, but we're going to come out of it."

It won't get any easier against Arizona. The Diamondbacks are still a formidable team and will face Colorado's rookie right-hander Peter Lambert, who has struggled since making a successful debut in June. Lambert (2-3, 6.87) won his first two starts but has gone winless in his last 10, all Rockies losses.

He has never faced Arizona, but Colorado is familiar with Arizona's scheduled starter Merrill Kelly (7-12, 4.52) and has had success against the right-hander. Kelly is 0-2 with a 6.39 ERA in two career starts against the Rockies. The last time he faced them, June 18th in Arizona, Kelly allowed six runs -- five earned -- in six innings in an 8-1 loss.

Kelly's last victory was a 2-0 win at Philadelphia on June 12th when he scattered three hits over 7 2/3 innings. He has dropped six decisions since that victory and the Diamondbacks are 1-8 in his last nine starts.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 12, 2019

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