Reds vs. Rockies - 4/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Rockies (8-6) at Cincinnati Reds (7-7)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm (Great American Ball Park)
C Bettis (2-0) (2.95) vs. R Iglesias (1-1) (3.24)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -137 / Colorado Rockies +127 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds play a rubber game early Wednesday afternoon.
The Colorado Rockies look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Rockies pitching staff has improved during this stretch, allowing four or less runs in four of their last five games. That’s a monster improvement from the beginning of the season when the Colorado Rockies allowed double-digit runs in three of their first five games. Offensively, Carlos Gonzalez leads Colorado with 20 hits, Nolan Arenado has 16 RBI and Trevor Story has eight home runs. Chad Bettis gets the ball, and he’s 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Bettis’ first career game against the Reds.
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The Cincinnati Reds hope to get a game above a .500 record with a nice victory. The Reds are still trying to figure things out offensively, as they’ve scored three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Cincinnati Reds have lost 17 of their last 19 games when scoring less than three runs, including a 2-6 record this season. Eugenio Suarez leads Cincinnati with 16 hits, Jay Bruce has 13 RBI and Brandon Phillips has one home run. Raisel Iglesias takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Iglesias’ first career game against the Rockies.
The Rockies are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 8-3 in Bettis' last 11 starts with 4 days of rest. The Reds are 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a right-handed starter and 0-4 in Iglesias' last 4 starts with 5 days of rest. The Rockies are 37-18 in the last 55 meetings.
Very early games like ths usually favor the home team and Iglesias has been decent to start the season. The Rockies are simply a hit or miss team, as they win when they score a ton of runs or fall flat on their face. The Reds have been a little more consistent. I like the Reds in this contest if forced to pick this toss-up matchup.