Did you know that the Astros and Rockies were NL West rivals for one year? That was 1993, then the next year the league split both leagues into three divisions and Houston shifted to the NL Central before eventually moving to the AL West. The Astros vs Rockies game is scheduled for Tuesday, the first one in three years, and it’s a good pitching matchup with Houston a road favorite at the latest MLB Odds.
How to Bet Astros vs Rockies MLB Odds & TV Info
- When: Tuesday, 8:40 PM ET
- Where: Coors Field, Denver
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Gerrit Cole/Tyler Anderson
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: TuneIn
- MLB Odds: Houston Astros -160 / Colorado Rockies +135 (Total 10)
Why Bet on Houston?The AL West-leading Astros started the second half of the season by taking two of three at the Angels, although Houston was pounded on Sunday 14-5. Houston had not allowed double-digit runs since a 13-12, 10-inning win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series and gave up its most runs since a 14-6 defeat at Detroit on July 29, 2016. Lance McCullers Jr. became the first Astros pitcher to walk five or more in consecutive starts since Erik Bedard in July 2013. Ah, well, the good thing about baseball is you get right back out there.Houston remains without star shortstop Carlos Correa (back), but he has resumed baseball activities following a setback in his recovery, manager AJ Hinch said. Correa will need to reel off a few days in a row of workouts with no problems before the Astros consider a rehab assignment plan. Correa seems unlikely to return before the end of the month at this point.It’s All-Star and Cy Young candidate Gerrit Cole (10-2, 2.52) on the mound here. Cole picked up the win last time out in a 9-1 romp over the Tigers, allowing one run on three hits and four walks over 5.2 innings while striking out eight. The right-hander wasn’t at his sharpest after being reinstated from the bereavement list earlier in the day, but the Astros’ offense gave Cole more than enough run support to offset his control issues. He’s now walked multiple batters in eight straight outings, a somewhat worrying trend.Cole set a club record for the most strikeouts prior to the All-Star break by whiffing 177 batters in 128 1/3 innings in 20 starts. He averaged 12.4 strikeouts, 5.68 hits and only 3.16 walks per nine innings in the first half. Cole, Charlie Morton (11-2) and McCullers Jr. (10-4) became the second trio in franchise history to post double-digit victories prior to the All-Star Game. Astros starting pitchers have posted 21 double-digit strikeout games, the most in the Majors and the second-most in a single season in franchise history.
Why Bet on Colorado?The Rockies are right in the mix in the NL West but probably need to add pitching help to have a realistic shot at the division. Colorado opened the second half taking two of three in Arizona but lost the finale Sunday 6-1 to snap the Rockies’ seven-game winning streak. Zack Greinke dominated the Colorado lineup. Ian Desmond went 1-for-3 with a homer. The homer broke up Greinke’s no-hitter in the fifth inning and was the only offense the Rockies could procure on the afternoon. It’s the 19th round-tripper for Desmond in 2018, and his slugging percentage is now up to .468.Colorado had briefly moved past the Diamondbacks for second in the division by winning the first two games of the series 11-10 and 6-5. The Rockies left Arizona a half-game behind the Diamondbacks and two behind the Dodgers.Over the weekend, the Rockies place Rockies placed 2B DJ LeMahieu on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Obliques are notoriously tough injuries to handicap, and for players to overcome, so there exists no timetable for his return at this point. Garrett Hampson was promoted to take his place.Four Rockies (Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Desmond, Trevor Story) players have hit 18 or more home runs this season, the most in the Major Leagues and the most in franchise history prior to the All-Star break. The last team to accomplish the feat was the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies.It’s lefty Tyler Anderson (6-3, 3.72) here. In his last four starts, Anderson has posted a 0.96 ERA, a .147 batting average against and 31 strikeouts to eight walks in 28 innings pitched. His fastball and cutter have been sharp, and they set up his changeup. Anderson ranks 15th in the NL in ERA (3.72) and tied for 13th with 108 strikeouts. He is 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA over his past four starts and 3-2 with a 2.19 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in eight starts since June 7.Anderson is 2-3 with a 3.94 ERA (59.1 IP, 26 ER) in 10 starts at home this season. Over 30 career appearances, 29 starts at Coors Field is 10-8 with a 3.58 ERA (178.2 IP, 71 ER), 53 walks and 167 strikeouts. Anderson will be making his first career start against the Astros, his sixth career Interleague start (1-3, 4.84 ERA). He has made two Interleague starts this season, going 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA (11.0 IP, 6 ER).
Latest MLB Betting Trends
- Astros are 5-1 in Cole’s last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record
- Astros are 8-2 in Cole’s last 10 road starts
- Rockies are 5-0 in their last 5 home games
- Rockies are 7-1 in their last 8 overall
- Houston is 7-14 ATS in its last 21 games
- Houston is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 9 games
- Colorado is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Colorado’s last 9 games at home