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NL wild-card leaders square off in key series

According to STATS
According to STATS

Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies

  1. The Diamondbacks and Rockies have split the season series six wins apiece, with each team winning three games both at home and on the road. However, Arizona has won four of the last five games played between the two teams, outscoring Colorado 39-19 over the five games.
  2. The Diamondbacks swept the Dodgers at home earlier this week (their second consecutive series sweep) to extend their win streak to seven games, tied for their longest win streak this season (also June 10-18). Arizona is looking to sweep three straight series for the third time in franchise history (August 10-19, 2001 and June 20-29, 2003).
  3. The Rockies lost two of three home games versus Detroit earlier this week to fall to 12-15 in August. Colorado's win percentage has dropped each month, from .615 in April (16-10) to .586 in May (17-12) to .556 in June (15-12) to .500 in July (12-12) to .444 in August (12-15).
  4. Charlie Blackmon has hit 28 doubles, 14 triples and 32 home runs this season. With two more doubles and one more triple, he will join Joe DiMaggio as the only centerfielders (based on primary position in season) in the last 100 years to hit at least 30 doubles, 15 triples and 30 home runs in a season (DiMaggio did it in 1937).
  5. Taijuan Walker is 6-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts versus NL West division rivals this season (Arizona is 8-3 in those 11 starts). In his last two starts, overall, Walker allowed just one run over 11.2 innings pitched (0.77 ERA).
  6. Kyle Freeland is 11-8 on the season, tied with Denny Stark for the fourth-most wins by a rookie in franchise history -- only Jason Jennings (16 in 2002), Jeff Francis (14 in 2005) and Armando Reynoso (12 in 1993) had more.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/1/2017 thru 9/3/2017

DENVER -- The soaring Arizona Diamondbacks and stumbling Colorado Rockies, the top two teams in the National League wild-card race, begin a crucial weekend series Friday.

Arizona is riding a season-high-tying seven-game winning streak, the past three over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were swept in a series for the first time this season.

The Diamondbacks have won nine of their past 10 games, a surge that has enabled them to go from one game behind the Rockies to 3 1/2 games ahead in the race for the first wild card.

The Rockies lead Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games for the second wild card.

"I just think everything is contagious," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Thursday after Arizona's 8-1 win over the Dodgers. "When a team is playing well, when things are moving in a very positive direction, there's a ton of energy and pitchers take it from there. I thought it was a really, really positive game for us in a lot of different areas, and we won a series and we did a good job."

In the past 10 games, Diamondbacks starters are 8-1 with a 1.89 ERA. Their relievers have a 2.82 ERA with five saves in the past eight games.

Slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .406 (13-for-32) in his past nine games with four doubles, four homers, 13 RBIs and eight runs.

On Thursday, Goldschmidt became the first player in franchise history to score at least 100 runs in four seasons as he hit two doubles and finished the series against the Dodgers 5-for-11 with two homers and five RBIs.

"He's our guy," Lovullo said. "It's pretty consistent every single time we're doing something right, he's in the middle of it. He's an amazing player. He's got a great plan, a great approach. He's just locked (in) and cares about every at-bat. He never gives anything away.

"I've been saying it locally. I've been saying it nationally. MVP for me. This guy has been all everything, and he deserves some strong consideration."

Arizona's Taijuan Walker (7-7, 3.55 ERA) and Colorado's Kyle Freeland (11-8, 3.81) are the scheduled starters Friday.

Walker is 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA in his past two starts, allowing one run in 11 2/3 innings. He gave up a run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings during a 2-1 win Saturday over the San Francisco Giants.

Walker is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in eight career starts against the Rockies. In three starts vs. Colorado this year, he is 1-1 with a 3.37 ERA.

Arizona is 12-10 in Walker's starts.

The Rockies are 15-9 in starts by Freeland, who is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in one career start against Arizona -- on April 28 at Chase Field, when the left-hander allowed one run in six innings.

Freeland wasn't involved in the decision Saturday at Atlanta when the Rockies won 7-6. He allowed four runs and a season- and career-high-tying 10 hits in six innings before he left with the score tied at 4.

The Rockies, who were off Thursday, went 10-15 in August, their first losing month of the season. They were 47-26 on June 20 but have since gone 25-35, which is the worst record among NL West clubs during that span.

Colorado has dropped 14 of its past 22 games, scoring three or fewer runs 15 times in that stretch and going 4-11 in those games.

The Rockies and Diamondbacks have split 12 games this season, but Arizona has won four of the past five. The teams last played July 2 when, unlike now, the wild-card scramble was not foremost.

"You don't want to be the No. 2 wild card, you want to be the No. 1," Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez said. "That's everybody's goal. If you want to end up winning the wild card, you want to win in first. This is a great opportunity to gain ground and to put those guys behind us.

"From now on, everything gets bigger. We have a lot games in our division. It's not time to fall asleep. It's time to play good baseball."

Updated September 1, 2017

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