Leading up to game three of this National League battle, the Rockies (52-92, 30-39 home) will send Ty Blach to the mound to take on the Cubs (78-68, 37-34 away) and Jameson Taillon. Find out who I like to come out on top in this Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies matchup in Denver.
CHICAGO CUBS VS COLORADO ROCKIES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Colorado Rockies +145
This game will be played at Coors Field at 3:10 ET on Wednesday, September 13th.
WHY BET THE COLORADO ROCKIES:
- The Cubs have gone just 2-3 in their last five games.
- In their five most recent games as the favorite, the Cubs have gone just 2-3 straight-up.
- The Rockies are 2-1 in Ty Blach’s last three starts.
CHICAGO CUBS STRUGGLING VS RUNLINE OF LATE
For the season, the Cubs are 78-68 overall, including going 37-34 on the road and 41-34 at home. When looking at their overall series record, Chicago is above .500 at 25-15-6. In the NL Central, the Cubs are currently 2nd.
Jameson Taillon has made 26 appearances so far this season, with a .447 slugging percentage allowed and a 1.30 WHIP. His overall record is 7-9, accompanied by an ERA of 5.26 and 122 strikeouts, averaging 8.24 K’s per nine innings. On the road, he has gone 4-3 with an ERA of 7.55; at home, Taillon is 3-6 with an ERA of 5.50.
Jameson Taillon earned a no-decision in his most recent start, hurling six frames and allowing no runs. Despite the quality start, the Cubs were defeated by the Diamondbacks 1-0.
Offensively, Chicago is ranked 7th in the league with an average of 5 runs per game. When looking over their last ten matchups, the Cubs averaged 3.2 runs per contest, which is 6th best in that span. In terms of their power numbers, Chicago is 12th in all of baseball, with a total of 175 home runs.
Nico Hoerner is the Chicago Cubs’ leader in hits this season, boasting a .280 batting average. He’s also posted an impressive .388 slugging percentage and .339 on-base percentage.
WILL THE COLORADO ROCKIES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Leading up to today’s game, the Rockies are 5th in the NL West on a record of 52-92. Overall, they have played in 46 different series, going 14-29-3. When playing above .500 teams, the Rockies are 52-92, and currently hold win percentages of 43.5% at home and 29.3% on the road.
Ty Blach has been given the nod for the Rockies, boasting a 2-1 record in 16 appearances this season. His ERA stands at 4.58, while his K/9 is 5.19 and FIP is 5.28. Additionally, Blach’s OBP is .357.
Ty Blach was unable to secure a win in his last outing, as the Rockies fell to the Giants 9-8. The right-hander pitched five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, but did not factor into the decision.
This season, the Rockies are 19th in the league at 4.4 runs per game. Over their last five games, they have a combined batting average of .239 (14th) leading to 4.4 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 2.8 walks per game compared to 9 strikeouts. Colorado’s on-base percentage of .309 has them 20th in the MLB.
Elias Díaz has been a power threat for the Rockies this season, as his 14 home runs are the most on the team. He’s also batting .272 over their last five games, highlighted by one long ball.