Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago White Sox
The Colorado Rockies return home as they face their second Chicago team in two days as they host the Chicago White Sox. The Rockies are -125 favorites over the White Sox with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Colorado Rockies had a makeup game in Chicago against the Cubs on Monday so what would have been an off day turned to a loss as the Rockies continue to chase the leaders in the National League West. Colorado comes in losing two in a row, going 6-4 in their last 10 games, and five and a half games back in the standings. As a team Colorado is hitting .253 led by Seth Smith at .310, Todd Helton at .304, Carlos Gonzalez at .283, and Troy Tulowitzki at .276. As a team the Rockies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.07 with the starters at 4.14 and the bullpen at 3.90. For game one against the White Sox Colorado starts Jason Hammel who has had a rough go of it of late with a 6.23 ERA over his last three starts. For the season Hammel has allowed 94 hits and 43 earned runs while striking out 51 in 93.2 innings of work.
The Chicago White Sox may have yet to play their best baseball this season but even so they are very much in the thick of things in the American League Central. The White Sox are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 19-21 on the road this year, and four and a half games back behind Detroit in the division. As a team Chicago is hitting .254 led by Paul Konerko at .324, A.J. Pierzynski at .296, and Alexei Ramirez at .284. As a team the White Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 3.89 with the starters at 3.87 and the bullpen at 3.94. For game one at Coors Field Chicago starts Gavin Floyd who has been getting rocked of late with a 6.16 ERA in his last three starts. For the season Floyd has allowed 89 hits and 45 earned runs while striking out 69 in 94 innings of work.
Colorado is 7-1 in their last eight interleague games against a team with a losing record, 5-2 in their last seven game one of a series, and 1-4 in Hammel’s last five starts against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 10-1 in their last 11 interleague games against a right handed starter, 2-5 in their last seven games following an off day, and 1-4 in Floyd’s last five starts.
Floyd hasn’t been very good of late but few have been worse than Hammels and remain at the Major League level, The Sox should get the bats going here. I’m taking the White Sox plus 105.
Chicago White Sox +105 Colorado Rockies