Detroit Tigers vs. Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies and the Detroit Tigers play game two of their series after Friday’s offensive explosion. The Rockies are -155 favorites over the Tigers with an over/under of 8.5 runs.
The Colorado Rockies got a game closer to .500 on Friday as they exploded at the plate for a huge offensive night. Chris Nelson hit a three run home run, Carlos Gonzalez had a home run, four RBI’s, and scored a run on two hits, Charlie Blackmon had four hits and drove in and scored two runs, and Todd Helton and Seth Smith got in on the action with two hits each in a 14 hit 13 run offensive night for the Rockies. Jason Hammel allowed eight hits and six runs over 6.1 innings of work to earn his fourth win of the year. For Saturday’s game Colorado looks for a big effort from Ubaldo Jimenez who they are hoping can return to the form that made him the ace of their staff. For the season Jimenez has allowed 68 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 62 in 72 innings of work and he’s sitting on a 1-7 record.
The Detroit Tigers got the lead early on Friday Night but by the end of the fouth inning they trailed by 10 runs and the game was essentially over. Jhonny Peralta hit a grand slam home run and had two hits, Miguel Cabrera had three hits, and Austin Jackson, Magglio Ordonez, and Victor Martinez each had two hits as the Tigers had 12 hits and six runs on the night. Rick Porcello was bombed on the mound as he allowed eight hits and nine earned runs including walking the pitcher with the bases loaded over three innings of work to take his fifth loss of the season. For Saturday’s rematch Detroit sends Phil Coke to the mound to try and pick up his first win since April 14th. For the season Coke has allowed 62 hits and 26 earned runs while striking 33 in 63.1 innings of work.
Colorado is 8-2 in their last 10 interleague games against a left handed starter, 21-9 in their last 30 interleague games, and 1-7 in Jimenez’s last eight home starts as a favorite. Detroit is 6-2 in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, 13-6 in their last 19 games overall, and 1-5 in Coke’s last six road starts. Detroit is 1-8 in their last nine games in Colorado.
Neither of these pitchers give me much confidence but I didn’t have any on Friday in Hammel and look where that got me though I gave the over in the free pick. I think we see runs again but I also think Jimenez is the better option. I’m taking the Rockies minus the 155 here.
Colorado Rockies -155 Detroit Tigers