Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/7/14
Chicago White Sox (2-3) at Colorado Rockies (3-3)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)
Felipe Paulino (R) (0-0) (1.689) vs. Jordan Lyles (R) (1-0) (7.200)
The Line: Colorado Rockies -129 / Chicago White Sox +119 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, ROOT-RM
The Chicago White Sox look to rebound from a shaky 3-3 start to the season when they begin a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.
The White Sox have lost three of their last four games and a lot of those issues can be blamed on the pitching. Chicago has allowed 22 runs in its last four games, which includes 12 in the 2-1 series loss to the Kansas City Royals. One White Sox pitcher who hasn’t allowed much Felipe Paulino, who gave the Sox 5.1 innings and allowed just 2 runs while striking out 6 batters in a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins. Paulino has only started eight games since 2012, but he looked sharp in his first start and looks like he could be an X-factor for the White Sox this season. Paulino has started four career games against the Rockies and is 0-1 with an ERA of 4.88.
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The Rockies drop to 3-4 on the season, but are coming off a 2-1 series win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. One positive sign for the Rockies heading into this series is that their offense has produced 24 runs in their last three games. Michael Cuddyer and Charlie Blackmon have combined for 26 hits and 13 RBI. While the offense has found its rhythm, Jordan Lyles hopes to find his after allowing four runs in five innings in his first start. Lyles was 4-6 at home last season with a 6.60 ERA, and is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in one career start against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 2-9 in their last 11 interleague road games and 9-26 in their last 35 overall. The Rockies are 6-20 in their last 26 interleague home games and 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite. The White Sox are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado.
While Paulino didn’t give up many runs in his first start, he did allow seven hits. With the way Colorado has hit the ball in its last three games, you have to like the Rockies to get the win at home. I also look for Lyles to bounce back with a strong performance.
Take The Rockies.