Oakland Athletics (33-25) vs. Colorado Rockies (23-34)
June 5, 2021 9:10 pm EDT
The Line: Colorado Rockies +105 / Oakland Athletics -115; Over/Under: -11.5
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The Oakland Athletics and the Colorado Rockies meet Saturday in MLB action from Coors Field. This will be the second installment in a three-game weekend set between these teams. In the series opener Friday, the A’s took a four-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Oakland managed a series win over the Mariners this week, posting Ws on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the Friday opener versus Colorado, the A’s posted six runs in the first three innings on the way to a 9-5 win. Starter Frankie Montas went 5.0 innings with three earned on six hits.
For the Saturday game two, Oakland will send Cole Irvin to the hill for the start. Over his 63.1 innings of work this year, Irvin has 67 hits, 30 runs (29 earned), seven homers allowed, 11 walks, 45 strikeouts and a 4.12 ERA.
Over on the Rockies’ side, they played well versus the Rangers this week, winning all three games for a sweep. In the Friday opener against the A’s, Colorado couldn’t make up the gap from an early hole. Starting pitcher Jon Gray managed just 2.1 innings with five earned on four hits.
For the Saturday starting role, the Rockies are sending out Kyle Freeland. Across 8.0 innings in two starts this year so far, Freeland has nine hits, four earned runs, seven walks, six strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA.
The A’s are 40-14 in their last 54 road games versus a lefty starter and 11-5 in their last 16 in game two of a series. Oakland is 63-30 in their last 93 versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30 and the under is 4-1 in their last five versus a lefty starter.
Meanwhile, the Rockies are 6-0 in their last six at home versus a left-handed starter and 5-2 in their last seven overall versus a lefty starter. Colorado is 1-4 in their last five Saturday games and the under is 4-1 in their last five in game two of a series.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Colorado, but probably staying away. Freeland missed nearly two months of the season due to a left shoulder strain and has gone just 4.0 innings in each of his two starts back so far. As for Irvin, he had a nice start to the year but has coughed up 13 earned on 24 hits over his last three starts. This one could turn into quite the high-scoring affair, and I think the Rockies have a slight edge there.