Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

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The Colorado Rockies are heading east to Wrigley Field to face the Chicago Cubs. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET and this NL matchup will be shown on either ATRM or NSCH.

Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs Odds

The Rockies have gone 31-27 SU this year and are 32-26 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 4.3 units for moneyline bettors and 5.2 units ATS. Colorado has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 32-26 SU and 26-31 ATS. They’ve lost 0.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.7 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Chicago games have an over/under record of 32-24-1 thus far in 2019. Colorado has also been a decent over bet with a total record of 31-24-3.

Jeff Hoffman will get the nod for the visiting Rockies. The right-handed Hoffman is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA and 15 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Cubs this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Cubs are countering with Kyle Hendricks (5-4, 3.09 ERA). Hendricks has 61 punchouts and 13 walks, along with a 1.11 WHIP. Hendricks made two starts against the team in 2018, posting a 1-1 record in 2018, posting a 1-1 record with a 4.26 ERA and 11 strikeouts.

As a unit, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.72, a WHIP of 1.29 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.5. The bullpen has a 4.06 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Chicago hitters are putting up 5.2 runs per outing, including 4.2 per game over its last 10 games and 3.2 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .213/.300/.363 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Cubs’ hitters have been led by shortstop Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Baez is slashing .301/.346/.572 with 14 home runs, 37 RBIs and 39 runs scored, and Rizzo’s line is .284/.398/.578 with 16 homers, 43 RBIs and 37 runs.

For the visiting squad, Colorado’s pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.54 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 8.07 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.08, along with a WHIP of 1.45 and a K-per-9 of 8.20.

The Rockies offense has slashed .264/.329/.461 on its way to 5.5 runs scored per game this season, including 7.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (5-0 SU).

Colorado’s hitters have been led by third baseman Nolan Arenado and shortstop Trevor Story, who collectively have swatted 31 home runs. Arenado is slashing .345/.395/.638 with 16 home runs, 52 RBIs and 47 runs scored, while Story is slashing .293/.360/.556 with 15 homers, 42 RBIs, 53 runs and 10 steals.

The Rockies have gained 3.4 units and are 19-18 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 20 of those games, as opposed to 16 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Cubs have lost 3.4 units and are 21-25 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 26 of those games, compared to 20 that went under the total.

Rockies vs. Cubs MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Rockies, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • Colorado has recorded 25 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Chicago has 11 XBH over its last five.
  • The Rockies have a team OPS of .791 this season and an OPS of .788 against right-handed pitchers. The Cubs’ OPS stands at .802 overall and .809 against righties.
  • Colorado has posted 29.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 32.4 over its last five.
  • The Rockies have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit 22 over their last 10.