Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (4-0) go up against Jason Hammel (first start) and the Chicago Cubs (1-2) in the second of a three-game series at Coors Field. The Rockies won the last game 5-1 and Colorado leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 11 and will air on CSN-CHI+ and ROOT-RM.
Hammel returned to the Cubs after spending the second part of last season with the Oakland Athletics. Nolan Arenado (.438 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday. In his career against the Rockies, Wood is 1-2 with a 3.44 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 34 strikeouts. Starlin Castro (.273 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Colorado, a -130 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at 10 runs. The Rockies are a power hitting team with an MLB-best six home runs. Colorado's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the NL. The Rockies have a team ERA of 1.93, one of the lowest in their league. The Rockies don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking fourth in the NL with only 2.0 walks allowed per game.
So far this season, the Rockies are 1-0 against the Cubs.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Over
Colorado and Chicago have both won every game when leading after 7 innings (1-0).
Having scored one run in their last game, the Cubs are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rockies have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
Ranking 28th, Chicago sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring three this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 25.
Ranking 25th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching six this season. Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 19th with seven.
The Cubs are 0-1 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rockies are 1-0 when they allow at least one homer.