This game could be low scoring as Tyler Anderson (4-3, 3.25 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (55-56) meet Cole Hamels (12-3, 2.89 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (65-47) in the first of a two-game series at Coors Field. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 8 and will air on FSSW and RTRM.
In his last start, Anderson pitched 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 12-2 victory over the Dodgers. Nolan Arenado (.283, 80 Rs, 29 HRs, 87 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 3 with two runs, two home runs, and five RBIs. The Rangers were unsuccessful the last time Hamels pitched. He tossed 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out six and walking four in a 3-2 loss to the Orioles. Ian Desmond (.294, 77 Rs, 20 HRs, 66 RBIs, 17 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 6 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Colorado is a +116 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 10 runs. When playing as the underdog, the Rockies have a 30-38 record and overall money line at +347. They have a SU record of 8-8 against the American League and a 5-7 record when they were the underdog in those games. The Rockies come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL, averaging 5.2 runs per game. The Rockies rank second in the NL in hits with 9.3 per game. The Rockies typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.7 walks per home game. Whenever an American League opponent shows up on the calendar, the Rockies seem to struggle with pitching. They allow an average of 5.0 runs per game, but allow 6.4 against teams from the AL.
On the other side, the Rangers have a nice record of 27-16 when they are favored and are +2,365 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the favorite recently. They managed a 5-1 record when playing as the favorite and a SU record of 7-3. The Rangers will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Texas's run production has dropped to 3.4 runs per game, compared to 5.2 for the duration of the season. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Texas batters, who rank fourth in the AL with 7.8 strikeouts per road game. Texas's pitching staff has allowed an average of 3.0 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.6.
This game will feature Hamels (LHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 14-17 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the left-hander Anderson. They sport a 15-15 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
For the 15th time this season, the Rockies registered at least two errors in a game.
The Rockies are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Rangers have a record of 20-16 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 11-41. The Rangers have a 17-34 record when opponents outhit them.
Colorado ranks in the top half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 139 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 with 143.
Ranking sixth, Texas is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.93 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 9.35.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.754). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .791.
The Rangers are 40-40 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rockies are 27-43 when they allow at least one homer.