Match-Up: Arizona Diamondbacks (Haren) at Colorado Rockies (Hammel)

Can you hit this?! AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

The last-place Arizona Diamondbacks will send ace, Dan Haren out to the mound to salvage the final game of this three-game set. After winning four of five games against the Giants and Blue Jays, the D-Backs have lost two straight games. The Rockies on the other hand, have won four straight.

Haren, known for his great command and strikeout ability, has fanned 70 hitters in 67 innings, but sports a 4.79 ERA. He has given up at least four earned runs in each of his last three starts. However, he pitched extremely well against the Rockies at Coors Field. Haren has a career 6-4 record with a 3.08 ERA in 12 starts against the Rockies. More impressively, Haren is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in six starts at Coors Field. In Haren’s only start against the Rockies this year, he fanned ten hitters in eight innings while giving up two earned runs in a 5-3 win in Colorado.

Haren will face off against Colorado’s 6’6 righty, Jason Hammel. By most accounts, Hammel is a very average National League pitcher. He is 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA this season in six starts. Opposing teams have scored 27 runs in 32 innings off the tall righty. In his career, Hammel is 2-1 with a 4.87 ERA against the Diamondbacks in three career starts. Hammel is 4-4 with a 5.84 ERA in 17 starts at Coors Field. Hammel lost his first decision against the Diamondbacks earlier this season. In three innings, he gave up five earned runs on six hits. Hammel has given up at least three earned runs in each start this season.

Even with the Rockies hot play and Haren’s recent struggles, Haren’s career numbers are awesome against Colorado. When he’s on, Haren is one of the NL’s top arms. Look for him to continue his dominance over the Rox on Thursday afternoon.

The Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks

May Record: 12-14

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