Jameson Taillon will get the start for the Cubs (79-74, 42-36 home) as they host the Rockies (56-96, 22-56 away) at Wrigley Field. The Rockies will give the starting nod to Noah Davis. Check out my prediction for game one of this National League matchup between the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs.
COLORADO ROCKIES VS CHICAGO CUBS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Colorado Rockies +1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Wrigley Field at 2:20 ET on Friday, September 22nd.
WHY BET THE COLORADO ROCKIES:
- The Rockies will be taking on a Cubs club that is just 2-8 vs. the runline in their past ten games.
- Against the runline, the Cubs have gone just 2-8 in their last ten home games.
- The Rockies have gone 1-2 in Jameson Taillon’s last five starts.
COLORADO ROCKIES LOOKING FOR UPSET AS ROAD UNDERDOGS
The Rockies take on the Cubs with the hopes of snapping their four game losing streak. This recent skid has their record sitting at 56-96, putting them 5th in the NL West. When looking at their overall series numbers, they have gone 16-29-3. At home, they are 34-40 and 22-56.
Noah Davis is making his seventh appearance of the 2023 season, coming in with an 0-2 record. His ERA stands at 9.58, and opposing batters are hitting .327 against him. On the road, Davis is 0-1 with a 4.39 ERA, while he has yet to pick up a win at home with an ERA of 19.50. Teams have a slugging percentage of .500 against him on the season thus far.
Noah Davis recently pitched two scoreless innings, but was unable to secure a win for the Rockies in their 11-10 defeat against the Giants. Despite not earning a decision, Davis’ performance was impressive, as he prevented any runs from crossing the plate.
For the season, the Rockies’ offense is averaging 4.5 runs per game. Over their last five games they have swung the bats well, sitting 8th in the league in scoring, with a total of 26 runs. Overall, Colorado’s team batting average is .249, putting them 11th in the MLB.
Nolan Jones has been a key contributor to the Rockies’ offense over their last ten games, leading the team with two home runs. The third baseman’s season-long total now stands at 17 long balls, while his batting average is currently .286.
WILL THE CHICAGO CUBS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Entering game 154 of their season, the Cubs are eight games out in the NL Central and are in 2nd place. So far, their overall series record stands at 25-17-6. Chicago’s road winning percent is currently 49.3% (37-38) compared to 53.8% at home (42-36).
Jameson Taillon has made 28 appearances in the current season, with a record of 7-10. His ERA stands at 5.27, and opposing teams have a .263 batting average against him. On the road, Taillon is 4-4 with an ERA of 7.38, while his home record is 3-6 with an ERA of 5.50. For the season, opponents have a slugging percentage of .453 against him.
Jameson Taillon was unable to secure a win in his most recent start against the Rockies, surrendering five runs on seven hits over five innings of work. The Cubs ultimately fell 7-3 in the contest.
Having gone deep 15 times in their last ten games, the Cubs are 4th in that span. At 5.1 runs per game, Chicago is 7th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .255 while hitting a total of 185 home runs (14th).
Nico Hoerner is the Chicago Cubs’ leader in hits this season, boasting a .286 batting average. He has also recorded a .391 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .349.