MLB Opening Day: Rockies and DBacks Renew Rivalry

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Rockies have MLB Opening Day Where 2017 Ended

The Colorado Rockies have their MLB Opening Day in 2018 right where their 2017 ended. In a rematch of the NL Wildcard Game, the Arizona Diamonbacks host the Colorado Rockies. Chase Field in Phoenix will host the game. First pitch is set to be thrown at 10:10 pm EST.

Oddsmakers have the DBacks as -107-moneyline favorites. The total is 8 Flat (-110 both sides).

Optimism is high on both teams as the 2018 season kicking off. With the Los Angeles Dodgers heavily favored to win the NL West, Colorado and Arizona could be forced down the same road as last season.

The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 11-8 before being swept by the NL champion Dodgers in the Division Series.

Each Team Has Superstar Firepower

Each team boasts a bona fide superstar. Arizona has Paul Goldschmidt who had numbers of a .297 batting average, 36 home runs, 120 RBIs in 2017. Colorado has third baseman Nolan Arenado and his line of .309, 37, 130, and a Gold Glove winner for the fifth straight season.

These players finished third and fourth, respectively, in NL MVP voting last year.

They will be expected to carry their clubs again. Throw in Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon and the Rockies can get things going quickly. Blackmon was the 2017 NL batting champion who hit at .331.

The D-backs will enter the season without right fielder J.D. Martinez. He became one of the most historically impactful trade-deadline acquisitions of all time last season. He had 29 homers and 65 RBIs in 62 games with Arizona last year.

MLB Opening Day Pitchers Had Quality Springs

Colorado’s Jon Gray makes his second straight Opening Day start. Patrick Corbin will go for the Diamondbacks as ace Zack Greinke is dealing with a groin injury.

Gray made only 20 starts in 2017 because of a foot injury. He had his stuff as he struck out 112 in 110 1/3 innings That increased his career totals to 337 in 319 frames. The 26-year-old kid from Oklahoma finished spring training strong. He allowed five hits and fanned 11 in 9 1/3 scoreless innings over his past two outings.

Gray is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA in five career starts versus Arizona. He was 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two turns at Chase Field with both coming last season.

Corbin yielded seven runs (six earned) in 11 innings in the spring. He walked five and struck out eight. He was 14-13 with a 4.03 ERA last season. Corbin was 2-1 with a 4.03 in four starts against the Rockies last year. He is 7-3 with a 4.76 ERA against them in 17 career appearances.


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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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