The ice-cold Houston Astros are trying to avoid losing their fifth consecutive game as they play host to the Colorado Rockies at Minute Maid Park. This interleague showdown will begin at 8:10 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to ATTSN Southwest to catch the game.
Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros Odds
Houston (-190) is hosting this one as the favorite over Colorado (+180) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this night game at 7.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total sit at -120 for the under and +100 for the over. Gamblers can also bet on the game’s runline with the odds standing at Rockies +1.5 runs (-125) and Astros -1.5 runs (+105).
The Rockies are 63-55 SU and are 61-57 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 8.9 units for moneyline gamblers and 3.5 units ATS. Colorado is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The Astros, on the other hand, are 73-46 SU and 60-59 ATS. They’ve lost 10.4 units for moneyline bettors and 5.2 units ATS. Houston has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven outings and the total has gone under in six of those seven.
Astros games have had an over/under record of 51-62-6 in 2018. Colorado has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 52-60-6.
German Marquez will get the start for Colorado. The right-handed Marquez is 9-9 with a 4.69 ERA and 139 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Astros this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.
The Astros are sending righty Justin Verlander (11-7, 2.50 ERA) to the mound. Verlander has 206 strikeouts and 28 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 0.91. Verlander only made one start against the Rockies in 2017 (1-0, 1.50 ERA and nine strikeouts across six innings).
Houston’s pitching staff has allowed 3.3 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has a 3.07 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 3.03, a WHIP of 1.04 and a K/9 of 10.8.
The Houston hitters are putting up 4.9 runs per contest, including 4.4 per game over its last 10 games and 3.0 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .227/.293/.331 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.
Second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman have led the Astros’ offense this year. Altuve is hitting .329/.392/.464 with nine home runs, 46 RBIs, 64 runs and 14 stolen bases, and Bregman is hitting .280 with 22 homers, 73 RBIs and 76 runs.
In the visiting dugout, Colorado’s pitchers have allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.41 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.16, along with a K-per-9 of 8.86.
The Rockies offense has slashed .253/.321/.429 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game this season, including 3.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).
Shortstop Trevor Story and third baseman Nolan Arenado have led Colorado’s offense. Story is slashing .289/.346/.547 with 24 home runs, 81 RBIs, 59 runs and 15 stolen bases, while Arenado (.306/.390/.584) has produced 29 homers, 82 RBIs and 77 runs scored.
The Rockies have gained 2.0 units and are 33-40 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 37 of those games, compared to 33 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Astros have netted 1.8 units and are 40-33 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 32 of those games, compared to 37 that went under the total.
Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Rockies, O/U – OVER
- The under has cashed in six of Houston’s last seven games.
- Each team has hit 12 home runs over its last 10 games.
- Colorado has posted 18.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 19.6 over its last five.