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Houston Astros vs. Colorado Rockies - 8/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies at Houston Astros
Date & Time Tuesday August 6, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Minute Maid Park
Houston, TX
The Line
Houston Astros: -1.5 (-105) / Colorado Rockies: 1.5 (-115)
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The Colorado Rockies and the Houston Astros meet in game one of a mini two game interleague set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Tuesday.

The Colorado Rockies will look to build some steam after earning a series victory over San Francisco over the weekend following a 6-2 win in Sunday’s rubber match. Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado each had two hits with a home run and two RBIs with Story adding a double with a pair of walks while Arenado belted a pair of solo home runs. Daniel Murphy went 2 for 4 with an RBI while Charlie Blackmon went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Raimel Tapia went 2 for 4 while Ryan McMahon and Yonathan Daza each had a base hit to finish off Colorado’s offense as a team in the win. Kyle Freeland got the win to improve to 3-9 on the year after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five over five innings of work. German Marquez will start game one and is 10-5 with a 4.68 ERA and 150 strikeouts this season. In his career, Marquez is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA and 14 strikeouts against Houston.

The Houston Astros will look to keep the ball rolling after winning four straight games following a sweep of Seattle with a 3-1 win in Sunday’s series finale. Yordan Alvarez had a double and an RBI while Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick each had an RBI as well to finish off Houston’s scoring as a team in the win. Alex Bregman went 2 for 4 with a double while Jake Marisnick added a base hit as well to cap off the Astros’ offense as a team in the victory. Justin Verlander got the win to improve to 15-4 on the year after allowing one run on three hits while striking out ten over six innings of work. Roberto Osuna closed out the 9th for his 25th save of the season. Zack Greinke will start game one and is 10-4 with a 2.90 ERA and 135 strikeouts this season. In his career, Greinke is 13-7 with a 3.68 ERA and 207 strikeouts against Colorado.

Colorado is 3-10 in their last 13 road games and 8-21 in their last 29 games overall while the under is 7-0-1 in their last 8 games overall. Houston is 55-26 in their last 81 games overall and 43-14 in their last 57 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Colorado is 2-10 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Houston.

I’ve said before that I think adding Greinke makes the Astros the team to beat the rest of the way, as you’ve got three ace pitchers in Verlander, Cole and now Greinke in that starting rotation. As far as this game goes, the plus money with Colorado is tempting given that the Rockies are picking up some momentum and Marquez has allowed just two runs in each of his last two starts on the road, but the problem is that those wins have mostly been coming at home. Houston at home is a tough team to beat with a stacked lineup from top to bottom, and adding Greinke to the mix only strengthens that team. I’ll side with Houston to draw first blood on Tuesday and to cut down the heavy juice, I’ll side with Houston on the RL.

Houston Astros: -1.5 (-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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