Tuesday -- Rockies 10, D-backs 5; Colorado blast 5 homers to take opener. Wednesday -- D-backs 8, Rockies 7; Arizona rallies in 9th to overtake Colorado. Thursday -- RHP Rubby De La Rosa (6-3, 4.96) at LHP Jorge De La Rosa (4-3, 5.47), noon, FOX Sports Arizona.
Chasing an All-Star berth
The only thing underwhelming about right-hander Chase Anderson is his victory total, which is about the only stat that is not in a starting pitcher's control. Anderson is eighth in the NL in ERA (2.84) and ninth in WAR (1.1), his wins (three) supressed by the fact that he has received 2.92 runs of support when on the mound, the fourth-lowest average in the league. Anderson averages three strikeouts per walk and has given up more that two runs in only three of his 13 starts.
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The ultimate respect
The most surprising aspect of Arizona's seven-run second inning Sunday was San Diego's decision to pitch to Paul Goldschmidt with runners on second and third and one out. Given the opportunity, Goldy did another Goldy thing, rolling a single up the middle to drive in two runs. And how about these numbers? In his last 29 games, Goldschmidt has 41 hits, 30 walks (12 intentional) and 25 RBI, slashing .406/.542/.733. He has more intentional walks (16) this season than 19 teams.
A chance to make hay
The D-backs began a streak of 16 straight games against the NL West on the right foot, taking 2 of 3 from San Diego last weekend. It is their next best chance to insert themselves into the thick of the division race as they enter only four games behind the Dodgers. Of the 13 games left in the run, 10 are against lower-tier Colorado (seven) and San Diego (three). This six-game trip includes three-game series in Denver and San Diego.
Arenado coming into his own
The last time Colorado was in town, Rockies manager Walt Weiss called third baseman Nolan Arenado the best defender he had seen at that position. His resume includes Gold Gloves in his first two seasons. In Year 3, Arenado -- all of 24, by the way -- is the best offensive season of his career. Arenado is slashing .284/.315/.568 with 16 doubles, 17 homers and 54 RBI. He needs one homer and seven RBI to tie career highs, set last year.