Cincinnati Reds (18-33) at Colorado Rockies (26-24)
|Date & Time||Friday May 25, 2018, 8:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Rockies -170 / Cincinnati Reds +160 --- Over/Under: 11
Up in the rare air of Coors Field on Friday, the Cincinnati Reds will take on the Colorado Rockies as they open up their weekend MLB series.
Cincinnati just finished up against the Pirates. The Reds lost on Wednesday but took the other two games 7-2 and 5-4.
Taking the hill for the Reds on Friday will be Sal Romano. In his 49.2 innings and 2-5 record this year, Romano has a 5.62 ERA with 34 Ks and 25 BBs.
Scooter Gennett leads the way in hitting for the Reds this year with 59 hits, 26 runs, nine homers and 34 RBI. Jose Pedraza is also playing fairly well on 49 hits, 27 runs and 11 RBI.
Over on the Rockies’ side, they played the Dodgers this week. Colorado won the first game but dropped the next two to lose the series.
Jon Gray will be toeing the mound for the Rockies on Friday. In 55.2 innings and a 4-6 record this year, Gray has a 5.34 ERA with 63 Ks and 13 BBs.
Nolan Arenado is the leading Rockies hitter this season on his 53 hits, 25 runs and 26 RBI. Charlie Blackmon is second for Colorado with 45 hits, 37 runs, 12 homers and 23 RBI.
The Reds are 7-2 in their last nine versus the National League West and 6-2 in their last eight road games. Cincinnati is also 3-7 in their last 10 Friday games and 1-4 in Romano’s last five road starts.
Meanwhile, the Rockies are 4-0 in their last four games following an off day and 5-1 in their last six in game one of a series. Colorado is also 1-4 in their last five overall and 1-4 in their last five home games.
Romano had a nice run going for a while there but has struggled with 13 earned over 7.1 innings in his last two starts. The same could be said about Gray, who has given up 11 earned over his last 9.0 innings over two starts. I’m going to go with the Rockies here, but this game could get ugly on both sides. An over doesn’t seem out of the question.