Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.87 ERA) and Brett Oberholtzer (1-1, 2.25 ERA) start in the first of a two-game series between the Colorado Rockies (28-36) and the Houston Astros (38-28) at Coors Field. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 17 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and ROOT-RM.
Kendrick is 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA in his appearances against the Astros, and goes up against a below-average Houston offense which is batting just .238 this season. Nolan Arenado (.274, 33 Rs, 16 HRs, 50 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Oberholtzer went 8.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking two in a 10-0 win over the Mariners in his last outing. George Springer (.267, 34 Rs, 10 HRs, 23 RBIs, 13 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Colorado is a slim -115 favorite at home against Houston. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at 10 runs for this matchup. The Rockies have recorded an overall money line of -360 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 5-11. Colorado has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. The Rockies have no trouble scoring as they lead the NL in home offense with 5.2 runs per home game. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with an impressive 10.4 per game. Colorado's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 6.6 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 20-14 record and an overall money line of +725. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-5 record, and a 3-7 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.3 runs per game, which is good for fifth in the AL. The Astros are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the AL with 8.7 hits per road game. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 52 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.16 for the season.
The Astros have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Rockies have a bad 1-4 record at home (3-9 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Oberholtzer takes the mound. Kendrick (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a very good 24-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Houston is 15-11, while Colorado is 11-13.
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 21-9 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 three games while the Rockies have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 25-8. The Rockies have a 21-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking ninth, Colorado is in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 277 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fifth with 287.
Ranking 29th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 140 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at third with 211.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 25-18. When the Astros hit at least one homer, they have a 30-16 record.