In the first of a two-game series between the Colorado Rockies (35-47) and the Los Angeles Angels (35-47) at Coors Field, Chad Bettis (4-3, 3.67 ERA) and Andrew Heaney (1-0, 1.38 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 7 and will air on FSN-W and ROOT-RM.
In his last start, Bettis pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking four in a 4-1 loss to the Athletics. Troy Tulowitzki (.321, 43 Rs, 9 HRs, 44 RBIs) played well again Sunday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. The Angels were victorious over the Yankees 2-1 the last time Heaney pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking two. Albert Pujols (.265, 50 Rs, 25 HRs, 53 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well, going 2 for 5 Sunday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Rockies have an SU record of 1-8 against the American League. Colorado has averaged 3.3 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 4.4. The Rockies have the most prolific home offense in the entire NL, averaging 5.4 runs per game. The Rockies are an exceptional hitting team with an NL-best 10.2 hits per home game. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking second in the NL with an average of only 6.6 strikeouts per home game.
Against interleague competitors, the Angels are 5-7 SU. The Angels rank third in the AL in road scoring, averaging four runs per game. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Los Angeles batters, who rank fifth in the AL with 7.2 strikeouts per game. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the Los Angeles pitchers. They've allowed 2.1 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 3.8. They also allow just 2.6 walks per game, good for second in the AL.
The previous two games have all gone Los Angeles's way. This game will feature Heaney (LHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 1-5 home and 3-11 overall record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Bettis will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 32-32 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 22-13, while Colorado is 16-19.
The Rockies are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Angels have a record of 3-4 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 5-34. The Angels have a 9-26 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Colorado ranks seventh with 91 homers and Los Angeles is ninth with 85.
Ranking 11th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.24 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 9.07.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.701). Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .742.
The Angels are 21-31 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rockies are 16-34 when they allow at least one homer.