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The Chicago Cubs will be squaring off against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. This NL matchup will begin at 3:10 p.m. ET and fans hoping to watch it can tune in to NBC Sports Chicago.

Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies Odds

Chicago (-125) is the favorite over Colorado (+115) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this day game at 11 runs (-105 for the over and -115 for the under). The games most recent runline odds sit at +120 for taking the Cubs -1.5 runs and -140 for the Rockies +1.5.

The Rockies are 12-10 SU and 11-10 ATS. They’ve gained 1.7 units for moneyline bettors and 1.1 units against the spread (ATS). Colorado has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total went over in four of those seven. The Cubs are 9-9 SU and have gone 9-8 ATS. In total, the teams lost 4.3 units for moneyline bettors in this young season, but have gained 1.9 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

Colorado games have a 10-9-2 over/under record so far in 2018. The Cubs have an over/under record of 9-8.

Jose Quintana will get the start for the visiting Cubs. The southpaw Quintana is 1-1 with an 8.16 ERA and nine strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rockies this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 5.06 ERA and 10 strikeouts across 5.1 innings).

The Rockies will put the ball in the right hand of German Marquez (1-1, 4.34 ERA), who’s got 16 strikeouts and 12 walks as well as a 1.39 WHIP. Marquez made two starts against the team in 2017, posting a 1-0 record in 2017, posting a 1-0 record with a 0.82 ERA and 13 strikeouts.

Colorado’s pitchers have allowed 4.8 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 4.53, a WHIP of 1.44 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.7. The bullpen has a 4.69 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 8.6 K/9.

The Colorado offense is putting up 3.9 runs per outing, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 4.0 per game over its last five. The teams hit .219/.321/.350 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu and right fielder Charlie Blackmon have led the Rockies offense so far. LeMahieu is hitting .299/.384/.552 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and 14 runs scored, and Blackmon’s line sits at .281/.378/.656 with seven homers, 14 RBIs and 15 runs.

LeMahieu seemed to enjoy hitting lefty pitching at home in 2017, slashing .410/.484/.564 over 91 such plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of .310/.375/.409).

For the visiting squad, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.18 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 8.32 K/9. The bullpen has an outstanding ERA of just 2.64, along with a K-per-9 of 9.00.

The Cubs offense has slashed .254/.346/.425 on its way to 5.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.5 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 8.6 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Chicago’s offense has been powered by third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez. Bryant is hitting .319/.461/.536 with 22 hits, 11 RBIs and 12 runs scored, while Baez is slashing .288/.365/.712 with 19 hits, six homers, 20 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

The Cubs have lost 3.3 units and are 6-6 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to five that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Rockies have lost 1.9 units and are 5-4 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The overs cashed in three of those games, compared to four that went under.

Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Colorado has posted 17.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.0 over its last five.
  • The Cubs have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rockies have hit 11 over their last 10.