Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/7/14
Chicago Cubs (48-63) at Colorado Rockies (44-68)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 3:10 pm (Coors Field)
Kyle Hendricks (R) (2-1) (2.051) vs. Yohan Flande (L) (0-3) (6.077)
The Line: Colorado Rockies -117 / Chicago Cubs +107 --- Over/Under: 11 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies will play a rubber game on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.
The Cubs have won four of their last six games and are 16 games below a .500 record. The Cubs are getting the job done offensively lately, producing four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. Of course, that’s an area the Cubs have struggled in all season. Anthony Rizzo has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and Starlin Castro has 10 hits in his last five games. Pitching wise, the Cubs have an ERA of 3.81, which is 21st in the league. Kyle Hendricks takes the hill, and he’s 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 26.1 innings. This is Hendricks’ first career game against the Rockies.
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The Rockies snapped a five-game losing streak with Wednesday’s win and are 23 games below a .500 record. As usual, pitching continues to haunt the Rockies as they’ve allowed four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. The Rockies have an ERA of 4.94, which is dead last in the majors and they’ve lost 11 of their last 14 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Justin Morneau has four hits in this series and Nolan Arenado has three RBIs in this series. Starting is Yohan Flande, who is 0-3 with a 5.72 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. Flande is 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in two career games against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 14-37 in their last 51 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Rockies are 14-40 in their last 54 games as an underdog and 0-5 in Flande's last 5 starts.
You're really playing with your money if you try and cap this game. It's a complete tossup and will come down to which team sucks the least. To make me feel a little better, I'll go ahead and take the team that gives me more bang for my buck.