Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers - 8/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (65-47) at Colorado Rockies (55-56)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 8, 2016 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)
C Hamels (12-3) (2.89) vs. Tyler Anderson (4-3) (3.25)
The Line: Colorado Rockies +116 / Texas Rangers -126 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers look to stall the momentum of the surging Colorado Rockies as the two sides meet up in Denver on Monday night.
The Rangers made the biggest splash at this year’s trade deadline as they went out and acquired both Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy to add to an already impressive roster indicating they are all in this season and they have just as a good a shot as any to win the World Series. Texas will turn to their ace here as Cole Hamels gets the ball and while Coors Field is never a circle on the calendar, especially with the way the Rockies have been hitting the ball of late, but Hamels is a true professional and in contention for the AL Cy Young award this season and a strong outing here for he and the Rangers could set them up nicely for a strong set. Tyler Anderson will counter for the Rockies and while he has but four wins on the season he has a very sound 3.25 ERA and could outduel Hamels tonight.
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The Rockies meanwhile have been on a surge over the last couple of weeks as they have gone from a National League afterthought to a potential wild card team as they are now just four games back of the second spot and could be a tough out if they qualify. Colorado doesn’t have a very imposing rotation though and are out matched here against the Rangers who have just as many power bats as the Rockies and are much better in other facets as well which is in part to why they are favoured in this one to start the series.
The Rangers are 8-1 in their last nine series openers in which Hamels gets the start, 4-1 in his last five interleague starts, and 27-7 in their last 34 starts while the Rockies are 7-2 in their last nine home games, 5-2 in their last seven home games against a lefty, and 4-1 in their last five against a lefty. Texas is the better team here and should have no trouble as Hamels gets them out a nice start and they don’t look back.