After a split, two game series against the Padres, The Diamondbacks play host to the Colorado Rockies.
The split against the Padres can only be considered a disappointment, at least to me, following the absolute shellacking of Wednesday night. Now, the Diamondbacks look to pick up where they were with a four game series against the team currently residing in the basement of the NL West, the Colorado Rockies. That’s not to say this is going to be an easy series, however, as until recently they had a positive run differential.
Game 1: Antonio Senzatela (1-3, 1.44 WHIP, 80 ERA+) vs Luke Weaver (1-2, 1.10 WHIP, 89 ERA+)
Senzatela held the Diamondbacks scoreless over eight inings the last time he faced them earlier this month. That was by far his best start of the season, however, and since then it’s been much more of a mixed bag. Last time out against the Phillies, he went five innings, giving up four earned runs, on five hits and three walks.
So fa this season, its been more of 200 for Luke Weaver rather than 2019. He’s had one scoreless start sandwiched between three mediocre ones. If past performance is any indicator, look for a start in the 5 IP range with three or four runs given up. Not terrible, but nothing to write home about either.
Game 2: Jon Grey (3-1, 1.09 WHIP, 181 ERA+) vs Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 1.28 WHIP, 64 ERA+)
Jon Grey is a really good pitcher, 2017 Wild Card game not withstanding, and he’s continuing to pitch like one in 2021. He has yet to give up more than three runs this season, and in over half of his starts he held his opponents to one run. Grey will easily be the biggest test the D-backs’ offense faces this series.
It was a F****** no hitter and that’s all I have to say. Sign the petition.
Game 3: Autstin Gomber (1-3, 1.56 WHIP, 69 ERA+) vs Zac Gallen (1-0, 0.96 WHIP, 189 ERA+)
Gomber struggled his last time out. He failed to make it out of the second inning and gave up nine earned runs in that time frame. Before that, however, he’d been having a fairly solid, if unspectacular seaosn, giving up two or three runs over six innings in his last three starts.
Zac Gallen was very, very close to being unrecognized for a no hitter as well in his last start. He went the full seven innings as well, and gave up just the one hit against the Braves. So far this season, it looks like Gallen is picking up right where he left off in the 2020 season, and it makes for must watch baseball.
Game 4: Chi Chi Gonzales (1-0, 1.45 WHIP, 128 ERA+) vs Merrill Kelly (2-2, 1.44 WHIP, 64 ERA+)
Gonzales gave up three runs in five innings during his last start against the Giants. Before that, however, he had three starts where he gave up one run or less. He’s not much for strike outs, focusing more on contact. Hopefully, this bodes well for a Diamondbacks offense that has been seeing the ball very well and making good contact.
Merrill Kelly hasn’t had the best season so far, but his last start is hopefully the beginning of an upwards trend. He held the Padres to just one run last Tuesday over six innings, only allowing four hits and two walks. If he continues to build on that, it would be huge for the Diamondbacks going forward this season.
I like the Diamondbacks’ chances in this season. Gallen continues to do well, and I think the No-Hitter-In-Our-Hearts is going to be the catalyst that helps kick start Bumgarner’s season. Kelly’s last couple starts have been in an upward trend, so that gives us three games that I feel good about. I say the Diamondbacks take the series three games to one.