Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies Betting Preview

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The Chicago Cubs will head west to face the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. This NL matchup will begin at 8:40 p.m. ET and fans hoping to watch it can tune in to WGN.

Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies Odds

Both teams have equal -105 moneyline odds and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this game at 10.5 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total stand at -105 for the over and -115 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds sitting at +140 for the Cubs -1.5 runs and -160 for the Rockies +1.5 runs.

The Cubs are 8-8 SU and are 7-8 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline in this young season and 0.8 units ATS. The Rockies, on the other hand, are 11-9 SU and 11-9 ATS. The team’s gained 2.8 units for moneyline bettors and 2.1 units ATS.

Rockies games have an over/under record of 9-9-2 so far in 2018. The Cubs have an over/under record of 7-8.

Kyle Hendricks will get the nod for the visiting Cubs. The right-handed Hendricks is 0-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 13 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rockies this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 2.84 ERA and seven strikeouts across 6.1 innings).

The Rockies are handing the ball to righty Jon Gray (1-3, 6.23 ERA), who has 23 punchouts and five walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.52. Gray did not record a start against the Cubs in 2017.

Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.92 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 8.20 K/9. The bullpen has an excellent ERA of just 2.66, along with a K/9 of 9.18.

The Cubs offense has slashed .245/.342/.413 on its way to 5.2 runs scored per game this year, including 5.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez have led Chicago’s hitters. Bryant is slashing .328/.468/.557 with 20 hits, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored, while Baez (.250/.344/.679) is up to 14 hits, five homers, 16 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Colorado’s pitching staff has allowed 4.4 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starting pitching staff has a 4.40 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.02 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

Colorado’s hitters are putting up 3.8 runs per contest, including 3.9 per game over its last 10 games and 3.6 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .170/.241/.333 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Rockies’ hitters have been led by second baseman DJ LeMahieu and outfielder Charlie Blackmon. LeMahieu is hitting .308/.393/.577 with 24 hits, five home runs, nine RBIs and 12 runs scored, and Blackmon’s line sits at .293/.379/.707 with seven homers, 13 RBIs and 13 runs.

Blackmon enjoyed hitting against righties at home last year, slashing .381/.462/.787 across 234 such plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of .331/.399/.601).

The Cubs have lost 5.3 units and are 4-6 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in five of those games, as opposed to five that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Rockies have netted 4.7 units and are 6-5 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in six of those games, compared to five which went under the total.

Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in four of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • The Chicago defense has allowed 10 errors over the last 10 games, compared to three errors for Colorado over its last 10.
  • The Cubs have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rockies have hit 14 over their last 10.