Oakland Athletics (60-43) at Colorado Rockies (54-47)
|Date & Time||Friday July 27, 2018, 8:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Rockies -119 / Oakland Athletics +109 --- Over/Under: 11
Up in the rare air of Coors Field on Friday, the Oakland Athletics will be visiting the Colorado Rockies to kick off their MLB series.
The A’s are coming off a set against the Rangers. Oakland took the first three games 15-3, 13-10 and 6-5, then on Thursday the A’s complete the sweep with a 7-6 victory.
Taking the mound for the A’s on Friday will be Sean Manaea. Across his 130.1 innings and 9-6 record this year, Manaea has a 3.38 ERA with 88 Ks and 24 BBs.
Leading the A’s in hitting going into the Rangers finale was Jed Lowrie, with 107 hits, 47 runs, 17 homers and 65 RBI. On Thursday, Lowrie had a hit and a run.
As for the Rockies, they played the Astros in a two-game set this week. Colorado lost the first game 8-2 but came back for the split with a 3-2 win on Wednesday.
Colorado is sending out Kyle Freeland for the start Friday. Over his 120.2 innings and 8-6 mark this year, Freeland has a 3.28 ERA with 95 Ks and 41 BBs.
Colorado has three players tied for the team’s hit lead this year, with Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado each sitting on 111 knocks. Those three players have also combined for 65 home runs so far.
The A’s are 7-2 in their last nine in game one of a series and 1-4 in their last five Friday games. Oakland is also 7-1 in Manaea’s last eight starts and 5-2 in his last seven road starts.
Meanwhile, the Rockies are 6-0 in their last six Friday games and 6-1 in their last seven home games. Colorado is 4-0 in Freeland’s last four starts and 6-1 in his last seven home starts.
Overall, Manaea has been pretty sharp lately, as he’s got seven quality starts in his last eight outings, racking up a 4-0 record during that time. As for Freeland, he had a nice run going for a while but was a little shaky his last time up with 5.0 innings and four earned in Arizona. I’m going to give Manaea and the A’s a slight advantage here (but it should be a tight game), and the under might be a good play as well.