The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies are two of the newest teams in Major League Baseball, but they have developed a nice rivalry since joining the league. Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies came into the National League West Division, and they have been trying to find their place in the league while battling against each other.
The Diamondbacks and Rockies are up against the Dodgers and Giants in the division, but they have both had some terrific teams through the years. This isn’t one of the most well-known rivalries across the Major Leagues, but it is a rivalry that continues to grow and get better each season.
The Colorado Rockies have had some of the best offensive teams in baseball history, while the Arizona Diamondbacks have gotten the job done with terrific pitching staffs. Despite being relatively new teams, the Diamondbacks and Rockies have already met during the MLB playoffs in two separate seasons. Expect the Diamondbacks and Rockies to continue to battle each other in future seasons, and for them to continue to make playoff appearances in the National League.
History of Diamondbacks vs. Rockies Rivalry
The first-ever meeting between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies took place on March 31, 1998 in the first series of the season. The Rockies gave the Diamondbacks a rude welcome to the National League, sweeping that first series against their new rival. Colorado won 13 of the first 25 games against the Diamondbacks, but Arizona has taken control since the start of the 21st century.
The Arizona Diamondbacks hold a 211-167 lead in the all-time series and have traditionally dominated this rivalry when playing at home. Colorado does have a 4-1 lead in playoff games, including a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Championship Series in 2007.
The Colorado Rockies were established in 1991 and came into the National League as an expansion team during the 1993 season. The early Rockies teams were some of the best offensive teams in baseball, as the heavy hitters were taking advantage of the high altitudes and hitter-friendly Coors Field. Colorado made the playoffs in just their third year in the National League by winning the Wild Card in 1995 while led by head coach Don Baylor.
Todd Helton was one of the greatest hitters in the Major Leagues during his time in a Rockies uniform and has his number retired by the team. Pitching in Coors Field has always been hard for the Rockies pitchers, but they have made up for that by scoring a ton of runs.
The Arizona Diamondbacks came into the National League as an expansion team in 1998 and wasted little time in winning their first and only World Series Championship. The Diamondbacks became the fastest expansion team in Major League history to win a World Series by knocking off the heavily favored New York Yankees in 2001.
The Diamondbacks have won five National League West Division titles since coming into the league, and they have had their fair share of legendary players wear their uniform. Randy Johnson, “The Big Unit,” is wearing a Diamondbacks logo on his plaque in the Hall of Fame, and was one of the best and most dominating pitchers in league history. Arizona has a state of the art stadium that is equipped with a swimming pool just beyond the outfield walls. The Diamondbacks compete in an extremely competitive division, but they hold their own year after year.
Head to Head Comparison of Diamondbacks vs. Rockies
Even though the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies are relatively new franchises, they have both had some success since coming into the league. The Colorado Rockies are still looking for their first World Series title in franchise history, while the Arizona Diamondbacks won their first and only championship in 2001.
The Rockies and Diamondbacks have both won the National League pennant just one time, with Colorado doing it in 2007. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won the National League West Division five times already, while the Colorado Rockies have yet to finish the season on top of the division. Colorado has made it to the MLB Playoffs a total of five times in franchise history, and the Diamondbacks have made six postseason appearances. Look for both the Rockies and Diamondbacks to add to these totals in future seasons.
Quick Glance of Last 20 Games Between Diamondbacks and Rockies
Even though the last 20 games between the Diamondbacks and Rockies won’t tell us everything we need to know about this rivalry, they are a good place to start. The Diamondbacks and Rockies met 19 times during the 2018 regular season, along with the final game of the season on October 4, 2017. The Colorado Rockies have had the slight edge over the Diamondbacks, winning 11 of the last 20 games in this rivalry.
The Rockies closed out the 2018 portion of this rivalry by winning five straight games against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies and Diamondbacks split the ten games at Coors Field in Colorado. The Rockies were able to take the lead in this rivalry by posting a 6-4 record at Chase Field in Arizona. Odds are that the Diamondbacks will take back control of this rivalry at some point, but the Rockies were the team to beat in the last 20 games.
Besides just looking at the head-to-head results of the last 20 games, we can also take a look at the amount of points scored in each game as well as the run spread. Sportsbooks set a total run line for each matchup, and odds are given for going “over” or “under” that number. In the last 20 games, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies have combined to go “over” the run total eleven times, while going “under” the number in the other nine games.
Even though the Rockies had a better record in the last 20 games, the Arizona Diamondbacks were actually the betting favorite in 15 of the last 20 games. The Diamondbacks managed to go just 6-9 against the spread as the betting favorite. The Colorado Rockies went 3-2 against the spread when they were 1.5 point favorites in this rivalry. If the last 20 games are any indication of what will happen in 2019, it looks like the Rockies are the best pick in almost every situation.