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Rockies hope to rely on more than Arenado vs. D-backs

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Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies

  1. Colorado has won 11 of the last 15 meetings between these teams, averaging 7.00 runs per game over that stretch. The D-backs won two of three games in Colorado earlier this month, however.
  2. Arizona had a combined 34 runs and 44 hits in a three-game sweep of the Giants in San Francisco over the weekend. That's tied for their most runs in any three-game series all-time; they also scored 34 in a three-game home set with Colorado from September 12-14, 2016.
  3. Colorado is scoring an MLB-high 6.13 runs per game at home this season, but allowing an MLB-high 6.96. The combined 13.09 runs per game scored at Coors Field are nearly two more than the next-closest park (Camden Yards, 11.24).
  4. Nolan Arenado had four home runs and nine RBI in the Rockies' three-game series with Baltimore over the weekend. He's the second Rockie to reach both of those marks in a three-game series all-time, joining Trevor Story (August 2018 vs. Brewers). Arenado has six straight multi-hit games (14/26, .538).
  5. Eduardo Escobar (39), Ketel Marte (37), Adam Jones (33) and David Peralta (30) all have 30 or more RBI. The D-backs are one of four MLB teams with four such players, along with the Cubs, Astros and Royals.
  6. Zack Greinke has walked just 1.1 batters per nine innings this season, and has a 7.4 strikeout-walk ratio. Both figures are second best among MLB ERA qualifiers, to the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu (0.6 and 15.5).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/27/2019 thru 5/30/2019

Nolan Arenado didn't hit his first home run this season until April 14, which surprised many people who watched him average 39.5 home runs for the Colorado Rockies the previous four years.

Any worries that the 28-year-old All-Star was going to have an off year have been allayed with a monstrous May. Arenado is hitting .419 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs this month, and he tormented Baltimore Orioles pitching over the weekend with four home runs and nine RBIs.

On Monday, he recorded his seventh straight multi-hit game and tied the score with a two-run single in the seventh inning against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Arenado is showing his new eight-year, $260 million contract isn't taking away from his game, leading the team with his glove and his bat. He got the winning rally started against the Orioles on Sunday when he led off the ninth with a single -- his third hit of the game.

"When Nolan's swinging well, he carries the torch," Rockies manager Bud Black said.

The Rockies hope the pitching staff can pick up some slack, too, and Monday was a positive step. Starter Jon Gray allowed just two runs in 5 1/3 innings in Colorado's 4-3, 11-inning win over the Diamondbacks in the opener of a four-game series in Denver.

On Tuesday, Antonio Senzatela will start for Colorado against Arizona's Merrill Kelly, who will face the Rockies for the first time. Both right-handers are trying to bounce back from poor outings in their previous starts.

Kelly (4-5, 4.75 ERA) survived just 1 2/3 innings in a loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. The rookie allowed four runs on five hits. It was the second time in four starts he failed to go beyond the fourth inning in a rotation that has consistently pitched deep into games.

"I love the idea that our guys are pitching into the sixth inning and through the sixth inning," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told The Arizona Republic. "They're a very good group of starting pitchers that we're going to rely on every night. I think the success of our team is going to be built upon starting pitching."

The Rockies would like to rely on their starters, but outside of German Marquez and Gray, their rotation has struggled. Senzatela (3-4, 6.21 ERA) has scuffled in his five May starts, going 1-3 with a 7.99 ERA. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings in a loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday -- the shortest start of his career.

"It was a little bit rough for Antonio, for sure," Black said after the Rockies' 14-6 loss to the Pirates. "He couldn't seem to get anything going as far as stringing pitches together."

Senzatela has struggled in eight appearances, four starts, against the Diamondbacks, going 1-4 with a 6.14 ERA. As a starter, he is 1-3 against Arizona in his career.

Both teams are dealing with injuries to key players. Arizona put right-handed starter Luke Weaver on the 10-day injured list due to right forearm tightness, and the Rockies placed outfielder Charlie Blackmon on the IL, retroactive to Friday, because of a strained right calf.

Weaver left his Sunday outing at San Francisco due to the arm ailment, but he still got the win after throwing five innings of one-run ball.

"I spoke to Luke this morning," Lovullo said before Monday's game. "He said he felt good, just normal body aches and a little bit of overall fatigue that comes with the day after his starts. He's going to remain optimistic, he's going to receive some good news."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 28, 2019

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