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The Rockies are returning to where it all began in hopes of rebooting the season.

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Fresh off an abbreviated series sweep at the hand of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and an extremely disappointing home stand, the Rockies are traveling back to where the early season hope (that might all be washed away now) was born. Phoenix is where the Rockies started the season with a bang, taking two of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks while simultaneously beating up the D-backs' two biggest offseason acquisitions.

While hope for this season may be starting to fade for Rockies fans, a series win against a divisional rival would be enough of a catalyst to give it fresh life for at least another week.

The Diamondbacks welcome the Rockies to Chase Field after splitting a four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals and have a record of 3-4 entering the final series of their current 10-game home stand. So far this season, the D-backs have really struggled at home, managing a paltry 5-9 record in the desert.

Diamondbacks Power Rankings

Really Good: Bullpen

Despite having to pick up the slack for a starting rotation that is struggling mightily, the D-backs' bullpen has been the brightest part of this team. Considering that Tyler Clippard was the lone big acquisition for the unit, the team has received great value out of it.

Brad Ziegler, Daniel Hudson, and Andrew Chafin have combined with Clippard to form a solid core that Chip Hale has been able to count on to help put away wins. Each of those guys along with Randall Delgado, who has been more of the mop-up type and long man, are on pace to appear in over 60 games this season. Like the Rockies, however, the Diamondbacks have struggled to maintain a consistent pen past those core guys as they have already had 15 guys make relief appearances compared to 13 for the Colorado.

Good: Lineup

While not as powerful as it would have been with a healthy A.J. Pollock, the Diamondbacks' lineup has still managed to produce at an above-average level. The D-backs currently have seven position players and Zack Greinke who have all started the first month of the season with a wRC+ over 100. Paul Goldschmidt has struggled to get hits so far this season, but a 21.7 percent walk rate has helped make up for it. Jean Segura's performance has been by far the biggest surprise, but considering his career numbers, he'll be hard pressed to maintain anything even slightly close to that production for the rest of the season.

Really Bad: Rotation

Considering the sheer amount of money and resources that the Diamondbacks have invested into this part of the team, the return has been absolutely dismal. Using park-adjusted numbers, like ERA- and WAR, the D-backs' rotation ranks in the bottom four in the majors.

To make matters worse, Greinke and Shelby Miller have been the two worst pitchers in the rotation. Miller has really struggled, averaging under four innings per start while surrendering six home runs in fewer than 20 frames. Even Patrick Corbin has struggled with limiting the long ball; his seven home runs allowed are tied for the most in the majors.

Worst Thing Ever: Uniforms

Seriously whoever designed these things may have been blind. The "bloody armpit" is just one of many reasons why these things should have been left on the cutting floor.

Who to watch: Hitter

The biggest factor in the Diamondbacks' offense not taking a huge step back with the loss of Pollock has been Jake Lamb. Lamb has taken a huge step forward in his offensive production this season, showing positive gains in almost every single key metric. He's lowered his strikeout rate while raising his walk rate and also has posted and impressive gain in his power production. While he is still likely to regress as the season progresses, Lamb is a force in the D-backs' lineup.

Who to watch: Pitcher

While the veterans like Greinke, Corbin and Miller have struggled, Robbie Ray has arguably been the best starter that the Diamondbacks have had this season. In three of his four starts, Ray has gone at least six innings while allowing fewer than two runs. His last start, though, was a struggle as the very same Pirates that ravished the Rockies starters this past week knocked him out of the game after only three innings and five runs allowed.

Game times, TV, probable pitchers (all times MT)

Friday, April 29, 7:40 p.m.: Tyler Chatwood vs. Robbie Ray
TV: ROOT Sports; Streaming: MLB.TV; Radio: 850 KOA

Saturday, April 30, 6:10 p.m.: Chris Rusin vs. Zack Grienke
TV: ROOT Sports; Streaming: MLB.TV; Radio: 850 KOA

Sunday, May 1, 2:10 p.m.: Chad Bettis vs. Shelby Miller
TV: ROOT Sports; Streaming: MLB.TV; Radio: 850 KOA

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