In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, Andrew Cashner (4-7, 4.54 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (58-51) are in Colorado to take on Chad Bettis (9-6, 5.16 ERA) and the Rockies (54-55). This is the second of a three-game series at Coors Field. The Marlins won the last game 5-3, and Miami leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6 and can be seen on FSFL and RTRM.
Bettis pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 6-4 defeat to the Mets. Trevor Story (.272, 67 Rs, 27 HRs, 72 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI. Cashner went 6.0 innings, surrendering two and striking out two in a 5-4 win over the Cardinals in his last outing. Giancarlo Stanton (.242, 49 Rs, 22 HRs, 61 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
Colorado is a slim -115 favorite at home against Miami. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at 11 runs for this matchup. The Rockies have an overall money line of +482 and a record as the favorite of 24-17. The Rockies have no trouble scoring as they lead the NL in offense with 5.2 runs per game. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with an impressive 10.5 per game. Colorado is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks at home, earning an average of 3.7 per game. Colorado's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.6 runs per game, well under their season average of 5.0.
In games where it is the underdog, Miami has a 30-26 record and an overall money line of +325. The Marlins are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 9.4 hits per game. Miami is excellent at making contact with just 7.6 strikeouts per game, ranking second in the NL.
The Marlins lead the season series, 4-1. The Rockies have a 40-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Cashner takes the mound. Bettis (RHP) will be on the hill against the Marlins, who have a 40-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Over
For the 14th time this season, the Rockies registered at least two errors in a game.
The Rockies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Marlins who are coming in with a 13-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 7-33. The Rockies have an 11-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Miami has hit 90 this season. Colorado ranks 12th with 136 home runs.
Miami tops the league in hits with 9.44 per game this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 9.26.
Ranking 15th, Miami is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.740). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .787.
The Marlins are 24-31 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rockies are 26-42 when they allow at least one homer.