Jason Marquis (3-4, 6.91 ERA) and Eddie Butler (2-5, 4.38 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (18-25) and the Colorado Rockies (17-25) at the Great American Ball Park. The Reds come into this series in the midst of an eight-game losing streak. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 25 and can be seen on ROOT-RM and FSN-OH.
Marquis is 6-6 with a 4.15 ERA in his appearances against the Rockies, and goes up against a good Colorado offense which is batting .268 this season. Todd Frazier (.258, 27 Rs, 12 HRs, 24 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Butler went 3.0 innings, surrendering two runs (two unearned), striking out two and walking two in a 4-2 defeat to the Phillies in his most recent start. DJ LeMahieu (.331, 16 Rs, 2 HRs, 21 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Cincinnati is a -128 favorite against Colorado and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Reds have an overall money line of -697 and a record as the favorite of 10-7. Cincinnati leads the MLB in steals, swiping 44 bases. Cincinnati's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.8 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.5. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Reds, who rank third in the NL in strikeouts per home game with 8.8.
In games where it is the underdog, Colorado has a 11-16 record and an overall money line of -773.
The Reds have a 14-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Butler takes the mound. Marquis (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have a 14-18 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Over
For the sixth time this season, the Reds registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Reds and the Rockies play into extra innings, both teams have a 1-3 record.
The Rockies are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Reds have a 4-13 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 3-16. The Reds have a 5-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 13th in home runs, Colorado has hit 42 this season. Cincinnati ranks sixth with 49 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.93 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.18.
Ranking 19th, Cincinnati is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.693). Colorado ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .741.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 5-16. When the Reds allow one or more homers, they have a 10-18 record.