Houston Astros vs. Colorado Rockies
The Houston Astros and the Colorado Rockies meet for the rubber match of their three game series as they meet again on Sunday at Minute Maid Park. The Rockies are -125 favorites over the Astros with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Houston Astros dropped game one of their season opening series to the Rockies but on Saturday they played well in all areas and got the win and evened the series. Jordan Schafer had a home run and two RBI’s, Chris Johnson had two hits and drove in two runs, and J.D. Matinez has two hits and three RBI’s while scoring a run including hitting a two run homer as the Astros banged out 10 hits and scored seven runs in the win. Lucas Harrell had a nice game allowing three hits and striking out four over seven shutout innings to earn the win and while the bullpen allowed four hits and three runs the lead Houston built was too big to overcome at that point. For Sunday’s game Houston goes with Bud Norris who went 6-11 last season with a 3.77 ERA allowing 177 hits and 78 earned runs while striking out 176 over 186 innings of work. Norris didn’t get a win over the final month of last season but he just didn’t pitch well enough to earn one but earlier he took some tough no decisions where he simply didn’t get any run support.
The Colorado Rockies fell behind early in Saturday’s game and while they avoided the big inning against them they allowed runs in all but two innings taking their first loss of the year. Jamie Moyer failed in his bid to get a win as he allowed five hits and four runs striking out just two over five innings taking the loss. Michael Cuddyer had two hits including a home run, Troy Tulowitzki had a hit, a RBI, and scored a run, and Carlos Gonzalez had a hit as the Rockies scored just three times off of seven hits. For Sunday’s game Colorado goes with Juan Nicasio who was 4-4 a year ago in 13 starts with a 4.14 ERA allowing 73 hits and 33 runs while striking out 58 over 71.2 innings of work. The Rockies starting pitching staff appears to be thin so if Nicasio can step up it could be a difference maker.
Houston is 9-24 in their last 33 game three of a series, 2-5 in their last seven home games, and 0-4 in Norris’ last four starts. Colorado is 9-5 in their last 14 games against the N.L. Central, 10-4 in their last 14 games as a road favorite, and 0-4 in Nicasio’s last four road starts. Colorado is 6-3 in the last nine meetings of these two.
With two unreliable pitchers going and getting a home dog the pick is a pure value play and nothing more getting a price on the home team.
Houston Astros +115 Colorado Rockies