Colorado Rockies (34-35) at Texas Rangers (27-44)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 16, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers -102 / Colorado Rockies -108 --- Over/Under: 10.5
The Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers meet Saturday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Colorado Rockies look for another victory to get back to a .500 record. The Rockies have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Colorado Rockies have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Nolan Arenado leads the Rockies with 74 hits and 40 RBI while Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story have combined for 144 hits and 84 RBI. Kyle Freeland gets the ball, and he is 6-6 with a 3.68 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. This will be Freeland’s first career game against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers could use a feel good victory here in order to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Rangers have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Texas Rangers have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 71 hits and 30 RBI while Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar have combined for 122 hits and 79 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 5.65 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. Minor is 3-2 with a 5.73 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.
The Rockies are 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games, 4-0 in Freelands last 4 interleague starts and 5-2 in Freelands last 7 starts. The Rangers are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 2 of a series, 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 1-5 in Minors last 6 starts. The Rockies are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
Both of these pitchers have been hit very hard this season and have allowed a combined 22 homers. Freeland has allowed three or more runs in six of his last 10 starts and Minor has allowed three or more runs in nine of his last 10 starts while giving up a .281 batting average. The over is quite high, but given the way both pitchers allow the long ball and the fact the Rockies have caught fire offensively, we should see double-digit runs in this contest. Give me the over to avoid having the pick a side in this matchup.