The Rockies (51-92, 29-39 home) host the Cubs (78-67, 37-33 away) in game two of this National League series. Getting the start for the Rockies is Chris Flexen while the Cubs are turning to Javier Assad. Read on to get my best bet for this Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs matchup.
CHICAGO CUBS VS COLORADO ROCKIES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Colorado Rockies +1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Coors Field at 8:40 ET on Tuesday, September 12th.
WHY BET THE COLORADO ROCKIES:
- In their five most recent games as the favorite, the Cubs have gone just 2-3 against the runline.
- The Rockies are on a two game runline winning streak as the home favorite.
- The Cubs are just 0-2 in Javier Assad’s last two starts.
CAN THE CHICAGO CUBS PULL OUT A WIN AS ROAD FAVORITES?
Heading into today’s game, the Cubs are 2nd in the NL Central with an overall record of 78-67. When looking at their performance in their 46 series, Chicago is 25-15-6. Against below .500 teams, the Cubs are 41-41 while going 37-33 on the road and 41-34 at home.
The Cubs will turn to starter Javier Assad, who has an overall record of 3-3 after 26 appearances. His ERA stands at 2.83, with a K/9 figure of 6.53 and a FIP of 4.46. Additionally, Assad has an OBP of .290 thus far in the 2023 season.
Javier Assad was unable to secure a victory for the Chicago Cubs in his most recent start, as he gave up three earned runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. The Diamondbacks ultimately defeated the Cubs 6-2.
So far this season, the Cubs’ has gone deep 174 times, placing them 13th in the league. Over Chicago’s previous five games, they are 17th in runs scored, with their season average of 5 runs per game putting them 7th in the league. The Cubs’ overall team batting average stands at .254 along with an OBP of .328.
Cody Bellinger of the Cubs has been a force at the plate this season, leading the team in home runs with 25 and RBIs with 89. His slugging percentage for 2023 stands at an impressive .550.
WILL THE COLORADO ROCKIES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Entering with a record of 51-92, the Rockies are in 5th place in the NL West and are losers of five straight games. So far, they have a road win percentage of 29.3% compared to 42.6% at home. Colorado’s overall series record stands at 14-29-3.
Starter Chris Flexen has had a difficult season thus far with the Rockies, as his record stands at 1-7 over 25 appearances. His ERA is 7.36, and he has a K/9 of 6.69. Additionally, his FIP is 6.78 and OBP is .378.
Chris Flexen will aim to rebound from a brief appearance against the Diamondbacks. In Colorado’s 12-5 defeat, the right-hander allowed six runs in 2 1/3 frames of action.
The Rockies have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 2 home runs over their last five games. Compared to other clubs, this is 9th best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 24th in home runs and 20th in slugging percentage. Overall, Colorado is averaging 4.4 runs per game (19th).
Elehuris Montero has been on fire for the Rockies over the past five games, leading the team in hits and batting an impressive .562. His season-long stats are also solid, with a .245 average and 29 RBIs.