In the second of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (59-63) and the Chicago Cubs (77-44) at Coors Field, Jeff Hoffman (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.43 ERA) get the start. The Rockies won the last game 7-6, and Colorado leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 20 and will air on CSCh and RTRM.
This is the first time Hoffman will take the hill this season. Carlos Gonzalez (.322, 73 Rs, 23 HRs, 80 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one RBI. The Cubs were victorious the last time Montgomery pitched. He went 2.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out three and walking one in a 4-0 victory over the Brewers. Kris Bryant (.299, 96 Rs, 30 HRs, 79 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Cubs, going 3 for 6 yesterday with one RBI.
Colorado, a +135 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at 12 runs. The Rockies are 34-42 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +102. The Rockies are a dangerous hitting team with 432 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Colorado pitchers. The Rockies have given up an average of 6.7 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 5.2 runs per game.
Across the field, the Cubs have a nice record of 72-36 when they are favored and are +75 overall with the money line. The Cubs rank second in the NL in scoring, averaging 5.1 runs per game. The Cubs are one of the top road hitting teams in the NL, averaging 9.4 hits in games away from home. The Cubs average 4.1 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the NL. Switching gears to Chicago's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.116 on the year, the best in the league.
In their previous four games this season, the Rockies have a 3-1 record. This game will feature Montgomery (LHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 15-20 record when they take on a left-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
Chi Cubs 15-2-1 SU in their last 18 games.
Chi Cubs are 2-3-1 SU in their last 6 games, when playing Colorado.
Chi Cubs are 6-14-1 SU in their last 21 games, when playing on the road against Colorado.
Colorado is 1-3-1 SU in their last 5 games, when playing at home against Chi Cubs.
In their last game, the Cubs lost by a margin of one run. The Rockies are 9-17 in one-run games. The Cubs have a 16-17 record in close games.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 40-20, while Colorado is 27-33.
The Chicago batters brought in a solid 12 hits last game. Colorado has a record of 10-24 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 43-13. The Cubs have a 65-13 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top five of the league based on total runs this season, Colorado ranks second with 647 runs and Chicago is third with 618.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 497 this season. Colorado ranks 11th with 392 walks.
The Rockies are 46-33 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cubs are 56-23 when they hit at least one homer.