Detroit Tigers vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/3/14
Colorado Rockies (44-66) at Detroit Tigers (60-47)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Jorge De La Rosa (L) (11-6) (4.312) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) (7-5) (3.574)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -186 / Colorado Rockies +176 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSDT
The Tigers look to pad their AL Central lead at the expense of the reeling Rockies in Sunday’s series finale.
The Colorado Rockies are 4-11 in the second half of the season and 17-38 overall on the road this year. In last night’s game starting pitcher Tyler Matzek was battered allowing eight runs on ten hits in just four innings of work, creating an impossible deficit to overcome. The offense struggled as well for most of the game, but after tacking on three runs in a meaningless 9th the Rockies finished the day with five runs on eight hits. The absence of star sluggers Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki in the lineup definitely explains a lack of production at the plate of late, but the team hasn’t been nearly as effective on the road all season as their offensive rankings are the product of some lopsided performances at Coor’s Field early in the season. The Rockies will look to exit Detroit on a high note as they send veteran lefty Jorge De La Rosa to the mound on Sunday afternoon. De La Rosa is well-noted for his success in Denver over the years, but on the road this season he has an ERA of 5.28 across 11 starts. For the season the lefty has a WHIP of 1.28 and ERA of 4.20 to go along with an 11-6 record.
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The Detroit Tigers broke out the big lumber on Saturday night scoring 11 runs on 16 hits in a punishing rout. Every starter recorded at least one hit in the 11-5 win as Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez all hit home runs as well. Rick Porcello picked up the win in the process to move to 13-5 on the year. Despite two easy wins over the Rockies this weekend the Tigers are just 7-9 out of the All-Star break. Luckily it’s not really much of an issue as they still hold a five game cushion in the AL Central over the 2nd place Royals and the Tigers bolstered their staff with ace David Price while the Royals failed to make any moves. Detroit will look to further dismiss the visiting Rockies on Sunday as Anibal Sanchez takes the mound in hopes of forgetting the month of July. Sanchez has been largely effective this year but struggled in July with an ERA of 6.03; in his past three starts the righty has allowed a total of 14 runs on 23 hits over 18.1 innings of work. Combined for the year Sanchez has a WHIP of 1.10 and ERA of 3.57 to go along with a 7-5 record. The Tigers are 29-27 at home on the season.
The Rockies have laid plenty of eggs offensively on the road but after Saturday night’s offensive display I think we see enough combined offense to eclipse the eight run total.