Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/14
Chicago Cubs (46-62) at Colorado Rockies (44-66)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)
Travis Wood (L) (7-9) (5.102) vs. Brett Anderson (L) (1-3) (3.124)
The Line: Colorado Rockies / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI+, ROOT-RM
The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies begin a three-game series at Coors Field on Tuesday.
The Cubs have actually won five of their last seven games but remain 16 games below a .500 record. The Cubs offense has had a lot of success lately, producing four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Cubs have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo has an eight-game hitting streak and Starlin Castro has seven hits in his last three games. The Cubs have an ERA of 3.82, which is 18th in all of baseball. Starting is Travis Wood, who is 7-9 with a 5.10 ERA and has 108 strikeouts in 127 innings. Wood is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five career games against the Rockies.
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The Rockies have lost seven of their last eight games and are 23 games below a .500 record. While everyone is quick to point to the Rockies league worse ERA, it’s actually been their offense that has scored three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Rockies have lost 10 straight when scoring less than four runs. Justin Morneau has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and Wilin Rosario has a hit in seven of his last 10 games. The Rockies have an ERA of 4.94. Taking the mound is Brett Anderson, who is 1-3 with a 3.12 ERA and has 27 strikeouts in 40.1 innings. This will be Anderson’s second career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 5-1 in their last 6 games following an off day and 6-1 in Woods last 7 road starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Rockies are 2-5 in their last 7 games following an off day and 7-19 in their last 26 during game 1 of a series. The Cubs are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in Colorado.
Both teams going nowhere fast, but the Cubs have been playing with some heart lately and Wood has been solid on the road against garbage teams. Give me the Cubs for the plus money once again.