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Diamondbacks-Rockies Preview

The first two days of the Arizona Diamondbacks' series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field resulted in a lot of rain and no games.

They'll try to get in a full day of baseball Wednesday with a doubleheader scheduled, but with more rain in the forecast it's possible day No. 3 could end up like the first two.

Monday's game was called 2 hours, 30 minutes after it was supposed to begin and the teams didn't even bother waiting out the rain Tuesday, announcing the postponement 1 hour, 40 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.

It's possible the Diamondbacks (10-14) could leave Colorado without playing at all with rain expected the rest of the week. The last time an entire series of at least three games was postponed due to weather was April 6-9, 2007, when a four-game set between Seattle and Cleveland in Ohio was postponed.

''I don't mind one day off,'' Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado said. ''Two, though, is frustrating.''

The Rockies (11-13) have already had three straight home games washed away by soggy conditions with an April 26 matchup against San Francisco postponed before a road trip.

Colorado opened the trek with a 5-4 win at Arizona on April 27 but has since been outscored 47-17 in losing five straight. Carlos Gonzalez is 3 for 17 with 10 strikeouts during the losing streak while Corey Dickerson is 3 for 21, dropping his average 46 points to .292.

Arizona has also been scuffling, losing three in a row and seven of nine, with its only wins coming over the Rockies. The Diamondbacks were shut out twice in getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend as A.J. Pollock was 1 for 13 in the series and Mark Trumbo went 1 for 12.

The consecutive postponements have given the pitching staffs some extended rest.

Arizona's Josh Collmenter (2-3, 2.76 ERA) and Colorado's Tyler Matzek (2-0, 2.70) were scheduled to start Monday and they're slated to go in Wednesday's opener.

Collmenter gave up an unearned run and five hits in eight innings of a 9-1 win over the Rockies last Wednesday.

''It's got to be hard. It's not easy,'' Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said of the lengthy layoff between starts. ''(Collmenter) is one guy we feel comfortable with being able to handle it the best. He's so easygoing and can make adjustments on the fly. We think he's OK doing this.''

Arizona has won the last four starts by Collmenter against Colorado, with the right-hander going 1-0 with a 3.08 ERA. However, he is 0-1 with a 5.49 ERA in four starts at Coors Field.

Matzek was on the mound for Colorado's last win, giving up two runs in five innings to improve to 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three career starts against Arizona. He left with cramping in his left hamstring, blaming the desert conditions for his exit after 80 pitches. The left-hander has had no setbacks in ensuing bullpen sessions.

In the second game, the Diamondbacks will call up Robbie Ray to face Jordan Lyles (2-2, 4.25).

Ray made his major league debut last season, going 1-4 with an 8.16 ERA in nine games - six starts - for Detroit. The left-hander was 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Reno.

Not yet on the major league roster, Ray wasn't allowed to throw at Coors Field on Tuesday. Hale said he ''went to a park or maybe out in the street'' to get in some throwing.

Lyles pitched opposite Collmenter last week, surrendering seven runs, eight hits and five walks in five innings. The right-hander, who had a 2.92 ERA in his first four starts, is 1-3 with a 7.07 ERA in seven versus Arizona.

Paul Goldschmidt is 5 for 11 against Lyles and 15 for 27 with a homer, four doubles and six RBIs in his last six games. He's reached base in his last 20 against the Rockies, batting .475 with five homers, 14 walks and 27 RBIs.

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