Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies are -160 favorites over the Chicago Cubs this evening.Â The over/under run total for the game is set at 8.5 runs. The 10-2 Colorado Rockies are rolling, even sweeping a road series and doubleheader today against the 4-9 New York Mets. Now the Rockies take their act back to Coors Field to face the 6-6 Chicago Cubs to try keeping the wins coming. The Cubs have won half of their road games this season including two of their last three against the 3-9 Houston Astros.
Colorado is coming off a four-game road sweep of New York while the Cubs canned Houston 9-5 to take the series with their ace Carlos Zambano fueling the fire from the mound and the batter’s box. Chicago scored five in the first, one in the sixth and three more runs in the ninth inning for the win. Zambrano helped his own cause in the sixth sending one out of the yard. In the first, Jeff Baker doubled in two runs while Alfonso Soriano sent one over the fences for a 5-0 first-inning lead. In the ninth, Darwin Barney doubled in a run while scoring on a throwing error later in the inning. Aramis Ramirez’s single scored the final run of the game to propel the Cubs back to .500.
Chicago sends Matt Garza to the hill against Jhoulys Chacin. Both pitchers will try to tame the bats in a hitter’s ballpark. With the total set at 8.5 runs, the question is over or under? f you add Garza’s 5.68 and Chacin’s 2.77 ERA you get 8.45 runs. With Colorado’s lethal offense and the Cubs’ games this year averaging nearly 10 runs per game I think we’ll more than likely see at least nine runs. After all the Rockies scored six runs alone in the sixth inning yesterday thanks in large part to Troy Tulowitzki and Jonathan Herrera launching home runs that inning as Dexter Fowler drove in two runs off a pair of singles in the game. In the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez went deep to ensure a 6-5 win. Eight of Colorado’s games this season have seen nine or more runs scored including the last six while all but three of Chicago’s games have seen at least nine runs. I think one-way or another we’ll get the over 8.5 runs.
Over 8.5 runs