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The Colorado Rockies have struggled but have started to climb out of their hole as they are fourth in the NL West with a 37-48 record. They send the right hand Jon Gray to the mound here and comes from a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates where he went six innings and allowed two runs on two hits with four times and five strikes.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are in full swing as they are last in the NL West with a scorching 23-63 record this season. D-Backs will have Merrill Kelly pitching and he comes out of a win where he went seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits without walks and seven strikes.
Cold away from the Rockies
The Colorado Rockies are an average offense as they are 15th in the majors with a .707 OPS this season. Much of it has to do with playing in Colorado and the “Coors effect,” but by the way, they’ve been the worst team in baseball with a terrible .566 OPS this season and an average .196 of strokes for traditional stats. The Rockies have struggled to strike for power as their 81 homers are 26th in majors and they have an average of less than a home run per game. Match this season. Their offense has been led by third baseman Ryan McMahon this season as he has a .794 OPS with 16 home runs and 45 RBI. It will be interesting how the front office attacks Trade Deadline to see how the lineup will be the rest of the season.
Jon Gray has been a pretty good pitcher this season, according to his Baseball Savant page, as he is in the 90th percentile in barrel percentage, 75th percentile in hard hit, 69th percentile in xSLG and 59th percentile in xERA. His 4.2 barrel percentage is the lowest against him since 2017. Gray throws four lanes (fastball, shooter, switch, basket ball) and the change has been his dominant pitch as it has an average of .120 with a stroke percentage of 0.360. This will be Arizona’s fourth time facing as he is 1-1 in 18.2 innings, allowing nine runs (eight earned) on 14 hits with seven runs and 11 strikes.
Snakes in the air?
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a heinous offense this season as they are 27th in the majors with a .677 OPS. They are not hitting too many extra base hits as a whole this season, as 64.4 percent of their hits have been singles. The lineup also does not hit the ball in the air as they are only ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates with 38.5 at-bats per game. Home runs throughout the season. This offense is led by third baseman Eduardo Escobar as he has a .766 OPS with 18 home runs and 54 RBI. If they can lift the ball, it will do wonders for their offense.
Merrill Kelly has struggled this season according to his Baseball Savant page. He is in the 41st percentile in hard hit percentage, 46th percentile in average exit rate, 17th percentile in xBA and 22nd percentile in whiff percentage. Kelly has an arsenal of five pitches (fastball, sinker, curveball, changeup, cutter) and the upshift is hit the most as it has an average of 0.317 with a stroke rate of 0.500. He struck twice against the Rockies already this season and went 0-1 in 11.2 innings with nine runs (eight earned) on 16 hits with twice (one intentional) and seven strikes.
- Arizona: 5-22 in their last 27 road games
- Arizona: 7-44 in their last 51 games
- Colorado: 6-1 in their last 7 games
- Colorado: 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. RHP