Collin McHugh (6-3, 5.08 ERA) and the Houston Astros (39-28) are in Colorado to go up against David Hale (2-1, 4.56 ERA) and the Rockies (28-37) in a matchup that has the potential for plenty of offense. This is the second of a two-game series at Coors Field. The Astros won the last game 8-4 and Houston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 3:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 18 and will air on ROOT-SW and ROOT-RM.
In his most recent outing, Hale pitched 6.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out five and walking three in a 4-1 loss to the Marlins. Nolan Arenado (.278, 34 Rs, 16 HRs, 51 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Rockies, McHugh is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, nine strikeouts and one walk. George Springer (.274, 35 Rs, 10 HRs, 24 RBIs, 13 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Astros, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Colorado, a +111 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Houston. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 10 runs. The Rockies are 23-25 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -565. They have struggled against the AL after putting up records of 0-5 SU and 0-4 as the underdog. The Rockies come into the game with the NL's top ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.2 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with 10.4 per game. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking second in the NL with an average of only 6.6 strikeouts 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 5.8 against teams from the AL.
On the other side, the Astros have a record of 18-14 when they are favored and are +925 overall with the money line. Against teams in the National League, they are 7-1 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 3-1 record. The Astros rank second in the AL in road scoring, averaging four runs per game. Houston is one of the top road hitting teams in the AL with an average of 8.7 hits per contest. Houston is a terror on the base paths, ranking third in the MLB with 53 stolen bases. Switching gears to Houston's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.16, best in the MLB.
So far this season, the Astros are 3-0 against the Rockies. This game will feature McHugh (RHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 25-27 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Astros will be the right-hander Hale. Right-handed starters haven't been a big issue for them as they sport a 25-14 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Houston is 16-11, while Colorado is 11-14.
The Rockies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are coming in with a 22-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Astros have a slight leg up on the Rockies, as the Astros have won their last four games while the Rockies have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 26-8. The Rockies have a 21-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 11th in runs, Colorado has earned 281 this season. Houston ranks third with 295 runs.
Ranking 29th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 140 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fifth with 215.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 25-19. When the Astros hit at least one homer, they have a 31-16 record.