MLB Picks: Rockies vs. Corbin & Diamondbacks

Joe Freda

Sunday, July 7, 2013 12:37 PM GMT

The series between the Rockies and Diamondbacks comes to a close tonight. Can the Arizona Diamondbacks bring out the brooms and sweep the Rockies?

The Arizona Diamondbacks cruised to a fourth straight win in Saturday’s 11-1 victory at minus 168 MLB odds over the Colorado Rockies. Kirk Gibson’s club goes for a home sweep in Sunday’s finale, with left-hander Patrick Corbin (9-1, 2.49 ERA) meeting Rockies righty Roy Oswalt (0-3, 7.88 ERA). 

D-backs, Goldschmidt spank Rockies

Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt drilled his 21st homer of the year in Saturday’s win, while outfielder Cody Ross hit 5-for-5. Arizona’s Gerardo Parra poked an RBI-double, giving his side a 6-0 lead in the fifth inning.

Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez drove in his side’s sole run with a late long ball, while capping off a 4-for-4 outing with a double in the ninth frame. Colorado’s Joshua Rutledge and Jonathan Herrera were held to a combined 0-for-8 night, uniting to strike out three times. 

Corbin cracked in New York 

Corbin went a sixth straight start without a win in Tuesday’s 9-1 defeat for Arizona to the New York Mets, failing to cash as a 140 road favorite. The 23-year-old allowed five runs over six innings, surrendering one homer to New York’s Anthony Recker. 

Arizona’s Martin Prado hit 3-for-4, logging his club’s sole RBI in the lopsided affair. Diamondbacks shortstop left two men on base in a 0-for-3 night, while reliever Brad Ziegler gave up three runs in just 12 pitches of action. 

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Oswalt spanked by L.A. 

Oswalt logged a third straight loss on the same night’s card, with Colorado dropping an 8-0 matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 13-year hurler gave up five runs on nine hits, departing after five innings. 

Colorado’s lineup was held to four hits at the hands of Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, who stood in for a full nine frames. Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer left two men on base from the cleanup spot, while Carlos Gonzalez struck out three times in a 0-for-4 outing. 

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Back the OVER in Arizona 

William Hill opened Corbin as 200 home ‘chalk,’ with the price holding steady in early MLB betting. The ‘total’ was first posted at a flat nine, followed by a minus 120 tag on the UNDER after the wager’s initial action. 

I am going against the ‘steam’ here, backing the OVER in this afternoon duel. 

Corbin has had solid numbers at home, but faces a Rockies lineup that has slugged beneath their means in the series so far. Colorado’s DJ LeMahie had a quiet 0-for-4 night in the set’s opener, but has two triples in a 3-for-6 career mark facing Corbin. 

Oswalt has been lit up in his three starts, allowing a sizable 1.81 WHIP and .382 OBP. Arizona’s Jason Kubel has been lightly leveraged as of late, but could see some at-bat’s here hitting 4-for-8 lifetime against the veteran right-hander. 

The OVER is 7-2 in Colorado’s last nine road games against a left-handed starter, while Arizona has seen the OVER collect at 5-0 in its last five spots facing a listed righty. Umpire Dale Scott has had two straight OVER tickets cash, with the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies rolling in lopsided affairs.

Look for these ‘total’ trends to hold up here again, with OVER backers getting the money. 

MLB Pick: OVER 9 at William Hill