In the first of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (58-63) and the Chicago Cubs (77-43) at Coors Field, Tyler Anderson (4-4, 3.42 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (11-7, 2.19 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 19 and will air on CSCh and RTRM.
In his most recent outing, Anderson pitched 3.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out two and walking two in a 6-3 loss to the Phillies. Trevor Story (.272, 67 Rs, 27 HRs, 72 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 2 Wednesday with one RBI. The Cubs were also unsuccessful the last time Hendricks pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out 12 in an 8-4 loss to the Cardinals. Kris Bryant (.296, 96 Rs, 30 HRs, 78 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Cubs, going 5 for 5 yesterday with four runs, two home runs, and five RBIs.
Colorado, a +145 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at 11 runs. When playing as the underdog, the Rockies have a 33-42 record and overall money line at -19. The Rockies rank second in the majors in extra base hits with 427. Colorado's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.5 during that span, compared to its 5.2 season average.
Across the field, the Cubs have a nice record of 72-35 when they are favored and are +206 overall with the money line. They sport the second-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 5.1 runs per game. Chicago is one of the top road hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.4 hits per contest. Chicago has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an NL-best 4.1 walks per game. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.113, best in the MLB.
The Rockies are 2-1 against the Cubs this season. This game will feature Hendricks (RHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 43-43 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Anderson will take the mound against the Cubs. Against lefty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 26-11 record overall and 11-4 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 40-19, while Colorado is 26-33.
The Cubs are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 13-9 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 43-13. The Cubs have a 65-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Colorado and Chicago both rank in the top five of the league in runs. Colorado sits at second with 640 runs this season and Chicago ranks third with 612.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 494 this season. Colorado ranks 11th with 389 walks.
The Rockies are 45-33 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cubs are 56-22 when they hit at least one homer.