Juan Nicasio (8-8 4.98) takes the hill in the rubber match for the Rockies as they go for a series win against Arizona. The Rockies are 7-11 against the D-backs this year including 5-3 at home. Despite the Rockies struggles to win on the road all season they have actually gone a respectable 36-36 within the division. Surprising for a team that is currently in last place in the division.
Nicasio struggled mightily in his last start allowing eight runs in 2.2 innings against the Cardinals. It's been an up and down season for Nicasio although he had been pitching fairly well over his last several starts before getting blown up by St. Louis. In eight day starts Nicasio is 2-1 with 3.16 ERA, so perhaps a return to daylight will aid the 27 year old righty. Another encouraging stat is that Nicasio owns a 2.89 ERA against Arizona this year in two starts and the Diamondbacks are hitting just .194 off of him. But, the key for Nicasio, as it always is, is locating his fastball.
The D-backs counter with Patrick Corbin (14-7 3.17). Corbin has seemed to wear down after starting the season at a blistering pace. Through the first four months of the season Corbin was 12-2 with a 2.24 ERA, however, in his last nine starts, Corbin has gone 2-5 with a 5.65 ERA. Working in Corbin's favor is that he has owned the Rockies this year going 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA.
See if you can discern the D-backs lineup based off of their Twitter handles...Go Rockies!
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