Game time is at 9:40 PM Eastern. Colorado will send their ace Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound to face Rodrigo Lopez of Arizona.
Still in the Hunt
The Colorado Rockies are 2.5 games behind the first place San Francisco Giants in the National League West Division race as they are in third also trailing the San Diego Padres. Adding to the baseball gambling excitement and intrigue is the fact that Colorado is just 3 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the National League wild card spot.
Costly Defeat Yesterday
The Rockies suffered a 3-1loss at Arizona yesterday as they could manage just 6 hits against the Diamondbacks Joe Sanders, who struck out 7 Rockies batters in 8 innings of work. Arizona is in last place in the NL West with a record of just 60-91 to add insult to injury.
Prohibitive Road Favorites Tonight
Sbgglobal opened with Colorado as a -185 favorite tonight with Arizona a +175 dog. The over/under was 9 -120 under. Colorado opened on the run line at -1.5 -125 while Arizona was at +1.5 +105. Jimenez is the reason for the gap as he is shooting for his 20th win of the season.
An Elite Starter and mismatch
Jiminez is one of the elite pitchers in the game. The right hander has a record of 19-6 and a 2.84 earned run average with 192 strikeouts in 202.2 innings of work. He is 3-1 has a 3-1 MLB gambling mark this year against Arizona with a 1.64 earned run average. In his last two starts against the Diamondbacks he allowed 4 earned runs in 12 innings of work with 11 strikeouts.
Arizona starter Lopez has a record of 6-14 with a 4.98 earned run average and has gone 0-3 against Colorado with a 4.19 ERA. With such a discrepancy of starting pitchers and with so much on the line for Colorado they will be a popular choice with gamblers tonight.
Colorado has struggled on the road this year with a baseball gambling record of 31-44. Arizona has been relatively competitive at home with a mark of 36-40. The two teams have combined to go under the total in 11 of their last 13 games when Jimenez starts.