Vincent Velasquez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Houston Astros (37-28) meet Chris Rusin (2-1, 3.38 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (28-35) in the second of a two-game interleague series at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 6-3 and Houston leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 16 and will air on ROOT-SW.
In his most recent outing, Velasquez pitched 5.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out five and walking four in a 4-1 loss to the White Sox. George Springer (.269, 33 Rs, 10 HRs, 23 RBIs, 13 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with three runs, two home runs, and two RBIs. The Rockies were unsuccessful to the Marlins 6-0 the last time Rusin pitched. He went 5.1 innings, allowing six runs, striking out one and walking two. Nolan Arenado (.270, 32 Rs, 16 HRs, 50 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Houston, a -155 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Colorado. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Astros are 16-14 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +625. They are 1-3 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Astros have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.3 runs per game. The Astros are a power hitting team with an MLB-best 88 home runs. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in all of baseball with 50 steals. Houston's pitching staff performs very well on its own field, recording a low 3.31 team ERA at home. The Astros don't allow many hitters to get on base, leading the league with a 1.16 WHIP.
Across the field, the Rockies have a record of 23-23 when they are the underdog and are -260 overall with the money line. Teams in the American League have totally shut down Colorado this season. The Rockies have gone without a win, holding a record of 0-2 in games where they were ranked as the underdog. Against the AL, Colorado's offense has been struggling more than normal. Colorado has averaged 1.5 runs per game, less than their 4.3 season average. The Rockies are known for their bats, hitting 192 extra base hits. Playing competition from the AL really brings the best out of the Colorado pitchers. They allow 3.5 runs per game against teams in the AL, which is lower than their season average of 4.9. They also allow just 8.2 hits per road game, good for fifth in the NL.
So far this season, the Astros are 1-0 against the Rockies. The Astros will take on a left-hander (Rusin) in this game and have a 13-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Velasquez. They sport a 25-26 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Houston is 15-11, while Colorado is 11-13.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rockies have a 14-27 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 4-23. The Astros have a 9-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Houston ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs with 88 this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 70.
Ranking 15th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.86 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 9.26.
Ranking ninth, Houston is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.722). Colorado ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .742.
The Rockies are 12-25 when they allow at least one home run. The Astros perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 12-20 record.