Eddie Butler (2-4, 6.71 ERA) and J.A. Happ (9-3, 3.42 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (37-39) and the Toronto Blue Jays (41-37) at Coors Field. The Rockies won the last game 9-5, and Colorado leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 28 and can be seen on RSN and RTRM.
Butler pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking two in a 7-6 defeat to the Diamondbacks. Trevor Story (.271, 47 Rs, 19 HRs, 50 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 2 with four runs, one home run, and one RBI. Happ went 5.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out eight and walking four in a 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Josh Donaldson (.288, 63 Rs, 17 HRs, 48 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The Blue Jays are a -145 favorite with a total of 12.
Pick - Tor
Toronto has won 42% (14-19) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Colorado has won 43% (16-21) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 9-14 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 6-29. The Blue Jays have a 7-27 record when opponents outhit them.
Colorado and Toronto both rank in the top five of the league in home runs. Colorado sits at fifth with 103 home runs this season and Toronto ranks second with 113.
Ranking 11th, Colorado is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 244 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 284.
The Rockies are 28-19 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 36-20 when they hit at least one homer.