St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 7/2/2021

St. Louis Cardinals (40-41) vs. Colorado Rockies (34-47)
July 2, 2021 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Colorado Rockies +106 / St. Louis Cardinals -116; Over/Under: 12
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies meet in MLB action from Coors Field on Friday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to rebound from a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Rockies on Thursday. Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 4 with a solo home run while Paul DeJong went 2 for 4 with an RBI as well in the losing effort for the Cardinals. Tommy Edman added a triple and Tyler O’Neill went 2 for 4 with a double to round out St. Louis’ offense as the Cards had just seven hits as a team in the loss. Adam Wainwright went eight innings, allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Geovanny Gallegos took the loss in relief to fall to 5-2 on the year as a result. Johan Oviedo will start here and is 0-4 with a 5.23 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. This will be Oviedo’s first career start against Colorado.

The Colorado Rockies will be out to build on their walk-off win over the Cardinals from Thursday night. All of Colorado’s scoring came via the long ball, as Elias Diaz went 3 for 4 with the three-run walk-off homer as well as a double while Brendan Rodgers added a two-run shot as well to finish off Colorado’s scoring. Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson each had a base hit to cap off the Rockies’ offense in the victory with Colorado mustering up seven hits as a team. Antonio Senzatela gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out five over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Daniel Bard got the win in relief to improve to 4-4 on the year. Chi Chi Gonzalez will start here and is 2-5 with a 5.81 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gonzalez is 1-2 with an 8.16 ERA and 7 strikeouts against St. Louis.

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St. Louis is 7-3 in their last 10 games as a road favorite and 6-15 in their last 21 games against a team with a right-handed starter while the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 Friday games. Colorado is 6-1 in their last 7 games as a home underdog and 15-3 in their last 18 home games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.

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I get the case that could be made for the under here as it’s not always a good idea to give up a bunch of runs simply because the game is at Coors Field where the air is thin and the ball tends to fly rather easily. However, this pitching matchup screams over as Oviedo’s been torched for 11 runs in his last two starts and Chi Chi Gonzalez is far from a reliable starter in his own right. Give me the over in this spot.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:
Over 12
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Chris Ruffolo

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