Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros - 8/20/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros - 8/20/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (14-10) at Colorado Rockies (13-11)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 3:10 pm (Coors Field)

Cristian Javier (2-1) (2.91) vs. German Marquez (2-3) (2.25)

The Line: Colorado Rockies -130 / Houston Astros +120 --- Over/Under: 11 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros and the Colorado Rockies meet in MLB action from Coors Field on Thursday night.

The Houston Astros will look to build off of their 13-6 win over the Rockies from Wednesday night. Kyle Tucker led the way, going 4 for 5 with a home run, two triples and four RBIs while Carlos Correa had a home run and three RBIs. Taylor Jones chipped in two RBIs while Martin Maldonado and George Springer each had a solo home run with Springer going 2 for 5 with a double. Abraham Toro and Yuli Gurriel each had an RBI with Gurriel chipping in a double to finish off Houston’s scoring as a team in the win while Jose Altuve went 2 for 5, Josh Reddick added a double and Alex Bregman added a base knock as well to cap off Houston’s offense as the Astros had 20 hits as a team in the win. Framber Valdez got the win after allowing one run on seven hits while striking out five over 7.2 innings of work. Cristian Javier will start here and is 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. This will be Javier’s first career start against Colorado.

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The Colorado Rockies will try to bounce back from their defensive debacle against the Astros from Wednesday. Brendan Rodgers had two RBIs while Drew Butera had a double and an RBI. Raimel Tapia and Chris Owings each had two hits with an RBI and Tony Wolters added an RBI as well to finish off Colorado’s scoring as a team in defeat. Matt Kemp went 2 for 4 at the plate while Charlie Blackmon added a base knock as well to finish off Colorado’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Ryan Castellani ended up with the loss, falling to 0-1 after giving up five runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings of work. German Marquez will start here and is 2-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. In his career, Marquez is 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall and 42-23 in their last 75 games against the NL West while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog. Colorado is 1-6 in their last 7 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 games against the AL West while the over is 13-3 in their last 16 Thursday games. Houston is 14-2 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and the over is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams in Colorado.

No surprise, the over comes in the thin air of Coors Field after the first two games of the set were 2-1 in Houston, but I think the offenses take a break on Thursday. Javier’s been pretty good in his rookie season so far, and Marquez tends to play slightly better at home as it is. I’ll take a shot with the under as my free play for this game, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium play that you can find here.

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