Houston Astros vs. Colorado Rockies Betting Preview

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The Houston Astros will play the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. This interleague matchup will begin at 8:40 p.m. ET and fans hoping to watch it can tune in to ATTSN Southwest.

Houston Astros at Colorado Rockies Odds

Vegas has listed Colorado (+115) as the underdog to Houston (-125). Bettors are able to gamble on the games total with odds sitting at -105 for over 10 runs and -115 for under 10. The games current runline odds sit at +120 for taking the Astros -1.5 runs and -140 for the Rockies +1.5.

The Astros are 67-36 SU and have gone 52-50 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 1.1 units for moneyline bettors, despite having lost 3.4 units ATS. The Rockies, on the other hand, are 53-47 SU and 51-48 ATS. The team has gained 6.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.8 units ATS.

Rockies games have an over/under record of 46-49-4 in 2018. Houston has an over/under record of 46-51-5.

Charlie Morton will get the nod for Houston. The right-handed Morton is 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 146 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rockies this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Rockies are putting the ball in the hands of righty Jon Gray (8-7, 5.44 ERA), who has 125 strikeouts and 30 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.44. Gray did not record a start against the Astros in 2017.

Houston’s pitchers have allowed 3.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.02 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 10.38 K/9. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.92, along with a WHIP of 1.07 and a K/9 of 10.73.

Astros hitters have slashed .260/.337/.432 on their way to 5.1 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.2 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Houston’s offense has been fueled by second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman. Altuve is slashing .328/.392/.462 with nine home runs, 45 RBIs, 63 runs and 14 steals, while Bregman is hitting .284 with 21 homers, 68 RBIs and 69 runs scored.

For the home team, Colorado’s pitchers have given up 5.0 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have an ERA of 4.44, a WHIP of 1.32 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.4. The bullpen has a 5.29 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

The Colorado hitters have produced 4.9 runs per outing, including 6.5 per game over its last 10 games and 4.8 per game over their last five. The teams hit .226/.306/.402 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Rockies hitters have been led by third baseman Nolan Arenado and shortstop Trevor Story. Arenado is hitting .309/.392/.591 with 25 home runs, 72 RBIs and 67 runs scored, while Story’s line is .290/.354/.546 with 20 homers, 68 RBIs, 51 runs and 13 stolen bases.

Houston Astros at Colorado Rockies Free Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • Houston has logged 13 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Colorado has 15 XBH over its last five.
  • The Astros have won three of their last four games SU.
  • Houston fielders have committed two errors over their last five games, compared to five errors for Colorado over its last five.
  • The Astros have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rockies have hit 16 over their last 10.