Eddie Butler (3-5, 4.22 ERA) and Tom Koehler (3-3, 4.01 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (24-28) and the Miami Marlins (22-32) at Coors Field. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 5 and can be seen on FSN-FL and ROOT-RM.
Butler pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking one in a 5-2 win over the Phillies. DJ LeMahieu (.339, 23 Rs, 3 HRs, 26 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday with two runs. Koehler is 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA against the Rockies in his career. He takes on a quality Colorado offense that's batting .270. Dee Gordon (.368, 30 Rs, 15 RBIs, 20 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Marlins, going 2 for 5 Wednesday with one RBI.
The odds for Colorado and Miami are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Rockies have no trouble scoring as they lead the NL in home offense with 5.1 runs per home game. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with a phenomenal 10.2 per game. Colorado strikes out the least of any team in the NL at home, with only 6.1 per game.
The Marlins are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the NL with 8.9 hits per game. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the Marlins have the fifth-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.8 walks allowed per game.
The Rockies have a 21-20 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Koehler takes the mound. Butler (RHP) will be on the hill against the Marlins, who have inferior records against right-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 6-15 and 15-29, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL
Miami has won 36% (9-16) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Colorado has won 50% (10-10) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rockies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Marlins who are coming in with a 6-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 3-20. The Rockies have a 4-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, Miami has hit 40 this season. Colorado ranks sixth with 59 home runs.
Colorado and Miami both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Colorado sits at third with 9.29 hits per game and Miami ranks fifth with 8.89.
Ranking 24th, Miami is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.683). Colorado ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .750.
When the Marlins allow at least one home run, the team is 10-18. Colorado has the same record when it allows one or more homers.