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Preview: Rockies (43-62) at Diamondbacks (46-60)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Chase Field
Date: April 26, 2013 9:40 PM EDT
  

Arizona's Brandon McCarthy once again couldn't avoid a big inning when he faced the Colorado Rockies this past weekend.

When he faces the Rockies on Friday night, the right-hander again seeks his first win as he tries to help lead the Diamondbacks to a season high-tying fourth straight victory.

McCarthy (0-2, 7.06 ERA) has allowed 15 of his 19 runs in just four of his 21 2-3 innings, and yielded three in the third frame in his first career start against Colorado on Sunday. The Diamondbacks went on to win 5-4, snapping the Rockies' win streak at eight.

"There's only so much you can do with bad contact balls blooping in. Once it leaves my hand, I can't control it. The innings are mostly falling like that," he told the team's website. "Most of the innings where I've given up runs, it's just pitches that are finding holes."

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This time, McCarthy will face a team that's dropped four of five. In Thursday's series opener at Chase Field, the Rockies (14-8) were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position in a 3-2 defeat.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a key two-run homer in the fourth inning, his second in three games for Arizona (13-9).

"We were able to scrape across a couple of runs. The pitching has been doing so well lately. They've been keeping us in a lot of games," he said. "It's a good win. We'll come out (Friday) and see if we can do it again."

McCarthy will once again pitch opposite Juan Nicasio (2-0, 5.31), who lasted a season-low 4 1-3 innings Sunday. He gave up two runs, three hits and three walks but used up 96 pitches.

Nicasio has failed to make it through the sixth inning in any of his last three outings. He hasn't been efficient enough to make it through five innings in any of his three career starts against Arizona. Nicasio has no record and a 6.94 ERA in those outings, which have all been in Denver.

"I need more command of my fastball," he said. "I've thrown like 90 pitches in the last three games and only gone five innings. I've got to go deeper in the game."

Didi Gregorius is expected to get the chance to face Nicasio again in his first home game for Arizona after getting a scheduled day off in the opener. The shortstop, batting .400 (10 for 25) in his first six games, hit a solo homer off the right-hander in Sunday's victory.

"It's always exciting to play at home," Gregorius said. "I'm looking forward to getting my first chance."

Gerardo Parra, seeking a career-high 11-game hit streak, has one double in his six at_bats against Nicasio. Cody Ross has two doubles and two RBIs in five at_bats, and Goldschmidt is 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Troy Tulowitzki was 2 for 3 with a solo homer in his first matchup with McCarthy while Yorvit Torrealba is 3 for 5 all-time against him.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rockies at Diamondbacks
Thu, Apr 25 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Rockies at Diamondbacks
Fri, Apr 26 Final 6 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Rockies at Diamondbacks
Sat, Apr 27 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Rockies at Diamondbacks
Sun, Apr 28 Final 2 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  +125   -175   9 
 ARI  -135   +155   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  +125   -165   9 
 ARI  -135   +145   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 COL  60%   22%   70% 
 ARI  40%   78%   30% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 2 Under: 5 
 ARI 3 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 5 Cover: +110 
 COL 4 Under: 9 
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 Apr 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 3 Under: 7 
 COL 4 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 1 Under: 4 
 COL 3 Cover: +100 
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 Feb 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 8 Cover: +100 
 COL 6 Over: 14 
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 Feb 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 11 Cover: +110 
 ARI 2 Over: 13 
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 Oct 3, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 2 Cover: +190 
 ARI 1 Under: 3 
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 Oct 2, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 3 Under: 8 
 ARI 5 Cover: +100 
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 Oct 1, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 7 Cover: +180 
 ARI 5 Over: 12 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Friday, Apr 26
 
    Braves at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Rays at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Rockies at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Orioles at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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