Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/4/2014
Saturday, April 5, 8:10 PM on FSAZ, ROOT
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
Arizona - McCarthy, B (0-0) vs. Colorado - De La Rosa, J (0-1)
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Saturday night the Arizona Diamondbacks will give Brandon McCarthy the start against Jorge De La Rosa of the Colorado Rockies. Both pitchers will be making their second starts of the young season. Arizona is the latest stop for Brandon McCarthy in his 9th major league season. Now in his 2nd season with the Diamondbacks, McCarthy gave the D-Backs 22 starts last year with a win-loss record of 5 – 11 and an ERA of 4.53. Injuries have been a reason why McCarthy has been with four teams in 9 years and injuries will definitely be a concern this season as well. In his last two seasons, he has posted basically the same numbers in strikeouts (76 in 2013 vs. 73 in 2012) and walks (21 in 2013 vs. 24 in 2012). But his ERA in 2012 was only 3.24 compared to last year’s 4.53.
McCarthy has seen the Rockies before but he will need to pay close attention to Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau and Jordan Pacheco. Cuddyer and Morneau have more at-bats but Pacheco has been very successful with 5 hits and an RBI in just 7 at-bats.
Jorge De La Rosa enters his 11th MLB season after a solid campaign in 2013 where he went 16 – 6 in 30 starts with an ERA of 3.49. But with those 30 starts, De La Rosa pitched over 167 innings which was the second most of his career. His strikeout to walk ratio (112 strikeouts to 62 walks) wasn't very good and will need to be improved upon this season .
Many of the Diamondbacks have faced De La Rosa before but none more than Cody Ross with 32 at-bats. Ross has 11 hits and 5 RBIs in those plate appearances.
Arizona Betting Trends
Arizona is 3-2-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Arizona is -1.2
Colorado Betting Trends
Colorado is 2-0-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Colorado is -3.0
Injuries to Watch
03/31/14 P Daniel Hudson Elbow 15-day DL (3/29)
03/29/14 P Bronson Arroyo Back probable
03/28/14 P David Hernandez Elbow out indefinitely
03/27/14 LF Cody Ross Hip 15-day DL (3/19)
03/27/14 P Matt Reynolds Elbow 15-day DL (3/19)
03/27/14 P Patrick Corbin Elbow out for season
04/03/14 LF Carlos Gonzalez Dizziness probable
04/03/14 1B Justin Morneau Rest questionable
04/03/14 P Tyler Chatwood Hamstring 15-day DL (3/29)
03/29/14 P Boone Logan Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Jhoulys Chacin Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take Arizona
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