Baseball Odds – Off Shutout, Collmenter Looks to Change D-Backs’ Fortunes

MLBBaseballBetting.com – June 4, 2014

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are generally not the kind of team you would count on for an offensive explosion, and they didn’t exactly offer one on Tuesday night. But what they got was good enough to win over the Colorado Rockies, as they were boosted by back-to-back homers from Chris Owings and Nick Evans.

Now they will try for back-to-back triumphs over a Colorado team that is now struggling, in baseball odds betting action that is set to begin at 8:40 PM ET at Coors Field.

Arizona is rather solidly in last place in the National League West, with a 24-36 record, However, the Diamondbacks are 15-14 on the road, which is very unusual for any team that is out of the playoff race at this point in the season (as they are). Colorado fits the category of a contender, though not necessarily in the division race, as they trail the sizzling San Francisco Giants by 8.5 games. But they are just a game and a half out of the second wild card spot.

This game matches up right-handers, as Arizona’s Josh Collmenter (4-2, 3.34 ERA) comes off a career milestone as he opposes Colorado’s Jordan Lyles (5-1, 3.46).

In the baseball odds that are posted at BetAnySports USA Online Sportsbook, the Rockies are favored:

Baseball odds that are posted at BetAnySports USA Online Sportsbook

Colorado Rockies (Lyles – R) -120
Arizona Diamondbacks (Collmenter – R) +110

Under 10.5 Runs -115
Over 10.5 Runs -105

When you talk about hitting the ball in their own home park, no one comes really close to the Rockies, who are batting .339 at Coors Field (58 points better than any other home team), slugging .556 (68 points better than the next team), and their OPS of .943 is highest by 119 points. Currently they average 6.6 runs per game on their home field. By comparison, Arizona has a .235 batting average and .292 on base percentage when playing on the road.

That is one way for baseball odds bettors to look at things. But here’s another: the Rockies have been slumping big-time at the plate, as they have averaged just 2.6 runs over their last eleven games.
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Given these conflicting numbers, BetAnySports customers would have to wonder whether the D-Backs will really have to get another huge effort out of Collmenter, who pitched a complete game shutout in his last outing – his first ever in the big leagues (by a 4-0 score over Cincinnati). What would help? If he could get something out of Paul Goldschmidt, who finished second in the NL’s Most Valuable Player voting last season with 36 homers, 125 RBI’s and a .551 slugging average and is at .299 this year, but is nonetheless batting just .217 in his last 22 games. Manager Kirk Gibson decided to sit him down for a “rest” on Tuesday, and they are happy that they didn’t need him to put one in the win column.

Jordan Lyles not only was very solid in victory the last time he faced Arizona, giving up just one run in six innings, but he also hit a homer off Collmenter, so there might be a little payback in order. Should we send over some boxing gloves?

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