Rockies vs. D-Backs MLB betting: 50 Shades of Jon Gray
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
The Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks are, as MLB betting foes go, no strangers to each other. Both teams train in the same Scottsdale, Arizona complex and played one another 19 times this regular season alone. If that weren’t enough, they will meet on Wednesday at Chase Field in the National League Wild Card Game, with the winner going on to meet the Dodgers on Friday to open the best-of-five National League Division Series.
Sportsbook Odds for Fans Who Bet on MLB Games:
Rockies +1½ (-140) 8½ (-120) +160
Diamondbacks -1½ (+120) 8½ (EV) -170
Colorado Rockies (87-75)
Jon Gray (RHP, 10-4, 3.67 ERA, 112 K) started three games against the Arizona this season, two of which were wins. Gray has held opponents to three or fewer runs in 13 straight games, a stretch during which he has posted 80 Ks and 16 walks. He has also registered 20 strikeouts at Chase Field in two regular season games this season. “Right when we found out we were going to the playoffs, I celebrated with the guys,” Gray said per MLB.com. “Then, a few minutes later, I started thinking about the Diamondbacks.” This will Gray’s first playoff start, but according to manager Bud Black, “He’s feeling good about where he is. I know Jon is going to be ready for Wednesday. More importantly, Jon is in a place in his career that he is set up for Wednesday. As a team, teammates, coaching staff, we feel good about how Jon is pitching.” The Rockies have won and covered in just two of their last eight road games, and the MLB betting total has gone under in four of their last six games against the D-Backs.
Arizona Diamondbacks (93-69)
Unlike Gray, Zach Greinke (RHP, 17-7, 3.20 ERA, 215 K) will be making his 10th start in the playoffs, in which he has a 3.55 ERA. Greinke went 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA against the Rockies this season, and while Colorado won two of the three games versus Greinke at Chase Field, Greinke did not figure in either of the two losses. “He’s an unbelievable pitcher,” Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said. “It feels like he knows what you’re thinking sometimes. That’s a credit to him.”
Looking at the big picture, Arizona won the regular-season series 11-8, and covered in five of their last seven encounters. “We’re very familiar with one another,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We share the same complex. There’s some irony in that.” Eh, no there isn’t. Regardless, each team sent scouts both ways to try and find the slightest piece of info that may possibly not be known between the two, such as the fact that the MLB betting total has gone under in four of the Rockies’ last six visits to Arizona. Seeing as how managers and players only care about winning, they may not be aware of the preceding tidbit. “We continue to fight for the same turf. Wednesday is going to be an all-in moment,” Lovullo concluded.