Tyler Chatwood (10-7, 3.63 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (55-57) go up against A.J. Griffin (5-1, 4.05 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (66-47) in the second of a two-game interleague series at Coors Field. The Rangers won the last game 4-3, and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 3:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and will air on FSSW.
In his last start, Chatwood pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking three in a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers. Nolan Arenado (.285, 81 Rs, 30 HRs, 89 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Rangers were victorious over the Orioles 5-3 the last time Griffin pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out six.
Colorado is a -116 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 12 runs. When playing as the favorite, the Rockies have a 25-18 record and overall money line at +247. They have a SU record of 8-9 against the American League and a 3-1 record when they were the favorite 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 lead the NL in hits at home with 10.6 per game. They have been very patient at the plate during home games, ranking fourth in the NL with an average of 3.7 walks per game. Colorado's pitchers struggle against teams that play in the American League. The Rockies have given up an average of 6.2 runs to opponents from the AL, well over their defense's season average of 5.0.
Switching gears, the Rangers come into this game with a win percentage of .551 when playing as the underdog (38-31) and an overall money line of +2,465. Interleague opponents haven't been able to get the upper hand on fiery Texas. The Rangers hold a record of 5-2 in games where they were ranked as the underdog and an 8-4 SU. The Rangers have not played up to par on offense against the NL. Texas has averaged 3.2 runs per game, less than their 4.7 season average. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Texas batters, who rank fourth in the AL with 7.9 strikeouts per road game. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the Texas pitchers. They've allowed 3.1 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 4.6.
So far this season, the Rangers are 1-0 against the Rockies. This game will feature Griffin (RHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 41-39 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the right-hander Chatwood. They sport a 50-32 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
The Rangers won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rockies are 8-14. The Rangers are 25-8 in close games this season.
The Rockies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are coming in with a 14-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Rangers have a slight leg up on the Rockies, as the Rangers have won their last three games while the Rockies have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 42-11. The Rangers have a 43-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth in runs, Texas has earned 525 this season. Colorado ranks second with 582 runs.
Ranking 27th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 290 this season. Colorado ranks in the top half at 11th with 356.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 42-28, well-matched with the Rangers who are 55-32 when hitting one or more homers.