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Colorado Rockies vs. Oakland Athletics - 7/28/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (61-43) at Colorado Rockies (54-47)
Date & Time Saturday July 28, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Colorado Rockies -125 / Oakland Athletics +105 --- Over/Under: 12
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MLB | Oakland Athletics (61-43) at Colorado Rockies (54-47)
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The Oakland A’s and the Colorado Rockies square off in game two of their three game interleague set from Coors Field in MLB action on Saturday.

The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after dropping game one on Friday by a final score of 3-1. Jed Lowrie accounted for the lone Oakland RBI in the loss while adding a double while Matt Chapman and Jonathan Lucroy each went 2 for 4 with a double as well. Marcus Semien matched that 2 for 4 output at the plate, while Mark Canha and starting pitcher Sean Manaea added a base hit respectively in the defeat. Speaking of Manaea, he took the loss, falling to 9-7 this season after giving up all three runs on nine hits while striking out five over five innings of work. Brett Anderson will start game two and is 2-2 with a 5.46 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA and 19 strikeouts against Colorado.

The Colorado Rockies will look to keep their momentum going after starting the series on the right foot with their victory on Friday. Nolan Arenado went 2 for 4 with a solo home run while Ian Desmond and Garrett Hampson each had an RBI to cap off Colorado’s scoring in the win. Carlos Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a double and Charlie Blackmon added a pair of two-baggers of his own while Noel Cuevas chipped in a base knock in the victory as well. Kyle Freeland got the win to improve to 9-6 this season after tossing six shutout innings, giving up just five hits while striking out five. Adam Ottavino closed out the 9th for his 4th save of the season. Antonio Senzatela will start game two and is 3-3 with a 5.55 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Senzatela’s first career start against Oakland.

Oakland is 21-6 in their last 27 games overall and 4-0 in Anderson’s last 4 starts while the under is 5-1 in Anderson’s last 6 road starts. Colorado is 1-4 in Senzatela’s last 5 starts and 17-5 in their last 22 games overall while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 home games. Oakland is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Colorado.

Oakland burned me on Friday, but I like their chances to bounce back here. Anderson has been solid, with Oakland winning each of his last three starts since re-joining the rotation. Senzatela on the other hand has been rocked, allowing a total of ten runs in 11.1 innings in his last two starts. The A’s were held down on Friday, but I expect them to get to Senzatela here and even the series up with a win and doing so at plus money doesn’t hurt either.

Oakland +105

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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