The Colorado Rockies (23-30) and Arizona Diamondbacks (25-29) will open up a four-game National League West series on Monday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 ET

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks 

The Arizona Diamondbacks have won their last four games with SP Joe Saunders on the mound against the Colorado Rockies

Colorado heads out on the road feeling good about itself after finishing a seven-game homestand with a 6-1 record, including a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday afternoon.  “I think it’s a good way to start heading in the direction we want to start heading,” stated Rockies manager Jim Tracy.  The Rockies will be without the services of star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in his series, as he landed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury on May 31.  Colorado is 6-10 against left-handed starters this year, with the “over” going 12-4 in those contests.

Rockies starting pitcher Christian Friedrich (3-1, 5.59 ERA) has won his last two starts despite giving up eight runs and 18 hits over 11 innings in that span, including a 13-5 home win over the Houston Astros last time out.  The rookie left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in two road outings this year, issuing just three walks and striking out 23 in 18 combined frames.  Friedrich will be facing the Diamondbacks for the first time in his career.

Arizona split its six-game road trip against the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres, but return home riding a two-game win streak, which includes a 6-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park.  “We’re on a good streak this time through the rotation,” commented Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson.  His club will try to win its sixth straight home games against the Rockies, with Paul Goldschmidt likely playing a crucial role in making that happen.  He is batting .306 with eight RBIs in 10 games in this series.  Arizona is 5-6 at home when the money line is -100 to -125.

Diamondbacks starting pitcher Joe Saunders (3-3, 3.61 ERA) has gone 1-0 with a 4.08 ERA in his last three starts, failing to earn a decision in a 3-1 road setback to the San Francisco Giants in his last outing.  The left-hander is 2-3 with a 5.97 ERA in five home games this year, as opposing hitters are batting .309 against him.  In seven career games versus the Rockies, Saunders has compiled a 5-1 record and 3.32 ERA, including a 3-0 mark and 2.89 ERA in his last four starts.

Bettors will likely back the Diamondbacks due to their 24-9 record at home versus losing teams, while the Rockies are 20-46 as a road underdog.

Pick:  Arizona Diamondbacks -120

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