Two teams mired in their longest losing streaks of the season meet Monday night at Chase Field in Phoenix when the Colorado Rockies visit the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a four-game series.
The Rockies have lost seven straight games after a weekend sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Colorado, once the National League West leader, has lost 10 of its last 11 games and 12 of 14 after getting out to an 11-3 start.
“Sometimes it feels like nothing is going well,” Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela told AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain after he surrendered four long balls to the Dodgers on Sunday. “But we just need to put that together, the hitting and pitching again, and we’re going to be good.”
The Rockies turn to right-hander Ryan Castellani (0-1, 3.77 ERA) to try to stop the slide. The 24-year-old who grew up in Phoenix before the Rockies drafted him in 2014 will be making his fourth major league start on Monday.
Castellani gave up five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 13-6 loss to Houston last Wednesday, but opponents are hitting .196 against him. Before facing the Astros, he’d given up just one run on two hits over 8 2/3 innings in two starts combined.
The Diamondbacks went 0-5 in a five-game trip to Oakland and San Francisco, scoring just six runs total in that span and finishing the trip with a 6-1 loss to the Giants on Sunday.