Five years ago, the Colorado Rockies faced off against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a National League wild card game.
Instead, it was the last time both teams reached the postseason in the same year. Although Arizona won that game, it failed to make it through the divisional round and has not returned to the playoffs.Colorado earned a wild card in 2018, but has finished the last three years with a losing record.
The two teams that finished last in the NL West the last two seasons have yet to hit the trend-breaking pace this year. The Diamondbacks are his fourth and the Rockies are his fifth, two and a half games apart. The team kicks off a three-game weekend series in Denver on Friday night.
Arizona pitted Zach Davis (2-4, 4.03 ERA) against Colorado's Antonio Senzaterra (3-6, 4.68 ERA) in a rights match Friday night. to play against.
Both teams are winning on Thursday. The Rockies beat St. Louis 8-6 and the Diamondbacks beat Pittsburgh 9-3.
It's Davis' second straight start against Colorado. He went off the injured reserve list to face the Rockies in Arizona on Sunday, but didn't make a decision in the Diamondbacks' win, as he shut out his fifth inning, his first since June 25. In his second game he recorded three strikeouts.
He was on his five-week injured list with inflammation in his right shoulder. He returned on August 1 and pitched two innings.
Davis would benefit from playing against the Colorado lineup. Especially if he takes the same approach as Sunday.
"I was kind of aware of their approach that day and tried to get around it," Davis said of his start. “I was stuck on an off-speed pitch, leaving everything in the zone alone. In his 11-game career with the Rockies, Davis is 4-3 with a 3.61 ERA.
Senzatela also made his second straight start against the same opponent, also winning. He was impressive on Saturday when he allowed only two runs in seven innings, but fell short of a decision.
Senzaterra has a 3-9 record and a 5.80 ERA in his 20 games (16 starts) with the Diamondbacks.
Saturday's win was Colorado's only win of his three-game series after Ryan McMahon's home run in the ninth inning tied the game.
McMahon hit another impressive home run against St. Louis on Tuesday night with a 495-foot shot. It was the highlight of what has been a somewhat disappointing season for the third baseman. He's giving 12 this season.
He signed a six-year contract extension worth $70 million in the offseason, but hasn't found a consistent groove this year.
"This game is so humbling," he said. "I will continue."
– Field Level Media