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Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies - 4/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies (5-4) at Chicago Cubs (8-1)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

C Bettis (1-0) (4.38) vs. K Hendricks (1-0) (2.70)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -181 / Colorado Rockies +171 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MLBN, RTRM, CSCh

Early Friday afternoon, we’ve got game one of an intriguing matchup coming between the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Rockies are coming off of a series against the Giants, during which they lost game one but came back to win the final two games by a margin of 21-12. 

Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies - 4/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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As for the Cubs, they just finished up a three-game set against the Reds. Chicago won game one 5-3 and game two 9-2, then on Thursday they finished off the sweep by scoring five runs in the eighth inning on the way to a dominant 8-1 victory.

In Friday’s game one matchup against the Cubs, the Rockies will be trotting out right-hander Chad Bettis. In his two starts this year, Bettis has pitched reasonably well, logging a 1-0 record with 10 strikeouts, six earned runs, a 4.38 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Back on Sunday, Bettis went seven innings and allowed six hits against the Padres. 

The Rockies batting order has been one of the most talked-about in the majors this year. Leading the way is Trevor Story, who has bashed seven homers with 13 RBI, 11 runs and two triples. Nolan Arenado isn’t too far behind, with four homers, 14 RBI, six runs and 11 hits. Carlos Gonzalez and DJ LeMahieu have also played well, combining for 28 hits and 17 RBI thus far.

Over on the Cubs side, they’ll be starting right-hander Kyle Hendricks in Friday’s opener. In his lone start of 2016, Hendricks was great, posting 6.2 innings of work with two runs and five strikeouts. That gives Hendricks a 2.70 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.

The Cubs batting order possesses a lot of raw talent and power, and we’ve seen contributions from lots of different spots in 2016. Dexter Fowler has logged 14 hits with eight runs. Ben Zobrist has nine hits with seven runs, but came up empty (0-for-3; RBI) on Thursday. Power man Anthony Rizzo has managed to collect seven runs and 10 RBI thus far, but has also been prone to slumping in the early-going. Rizzo went 0-for-4 in the Reds finale.

Now let’s focus on some of the current trends heading into this matchup. The Rockies are 5-1 in their last six Friday games, and 4-1 during Bettis’ last five starts during game one of a series.
Chicago is 7-1 in their last eight against the National League West, and 4-1 in Hendricks’ last five starts.

This game--and this whole series--should be must-see TV for any baseball fan. It should be a tight matchup, but I like the Cubs offense and Hendricks’ arm to take an opening victory.

 

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