Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies Free Preview

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The Chicago Cubs will play the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. NBC Sports Chicago is in line to showcase this NL matchup and the action gets going at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Chicago (-120) as the favorite over Colorado (+110). The total is sitting at 10.5 runs and bettors can wager on the over for +110 and the under for -130. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds standing at +125 for the Cubs -1.5 runs and -145 for the Rockies +1.5 runs.

The Cubs are 9-8 SU and have gone 8-8 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 5.3 units for moneyline gamblers in the seasons early going, despite having gained 0.8 units ATS. Chicago is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The Rockies, on the other hand, are 11-10 SU and 11-9 ATS. They’ve gained 2.8 units for moneyline bettors and 2.1 units ATS. Colorado has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in three of those seven.

Colorado games have an over/under record of 9-9-2 so far in 2018. Chicago has an over/under record of 8-8.

Yu Darvish is getting the start for the visiting Cubs. The right-handed Darvish is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rockies this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 10.38 ERA and six strikeouts over four and one-third innings).

The Rockies are sending lefty Tyler Anderson (0-0, 4.74 ERA) to the mound. Anderson has 21 punchouts and 12 walks to his name, as well as a 1.58 WHIP. Anderson did not record a start against the Cubs in 2017.

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.95 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 8.35 K/9. The bullpen has managed an excellent ERA of just 2.76, along with a K-per-9 of 8.92.

Cubs hitters have slashed .257/.351/.432 on their way to 5.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 8.2 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez have led Chicago’s offense. Bryant is slashing .333/.471/.561 with 22 hits, 11 RBIs and 12 runs scored, while Baez is hitting .290 with 18 hits, six homers, 20 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

Bryant performed well against left-handed pitching on the road last year. Across 84 such plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .348/.488/.561 (his total season line was .295/.409/.537).

For the home team, Colorado’s pitching staff has given up 5.0 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have a 4.61 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.88 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

The Colorado hitters have produced 3.9 runs per contest, including 3.8 per game over its last 10 games and 4.2 per game over their last five. The teams hit .218/.291/.394 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 right fielder Charlie Blackmon. LeMahieu is slashing .305/.394/.561 with five home runs, 10 RBIs and 13 runs scored, while Blackmon’s line sits at .290/.371/.677 with seven homers, 14 RBIs and 14 runs.

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

The Cubs have lost 1.0 units and are 3-2 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in two of those games, compared to three that’ve gone under in such games. 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, as opposed to five that’ve cashed the under.

Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • Chicago fielders have committed seven errors over their last five games, compared to four errors for Colorado over its last five.
  • The Cubs have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rockies have hit 12 over their last 10.