The Chicago Cubs have fallen out of first place in the NL Central as they have been struggling for about two weeks. They look to shake out of it starting Tuesday night as they open a home series against the Colorado Rockies. Chicago is a heavy MLB betting favorite.
How to Bet on Rockies vs Cubs MLB Spread & Game Info
- Where: Wrigley Field
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Jeff Hoffman/Kyle Hendricks
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: Colorado / Chicago
- Opening MLB Lines: Cubs -183, Rockies +173
Why Bet on Colorado?
David Dahl went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the Rockies’ win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. Dahl singled and scored in the first inning before scorching an RBI double in the second to help the Rockies extended their win streak to eight consecutive games and closed out their 10-game homestand with a 9-1 record. The 25-year-old outfielder served as their main offensive catalyst, posting six multi-hit efforts while batting .450 (18-for-40) with six extra-base hits during that span.
Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday. Arenado wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to left field in the opening frame. He also walloped a 432-foot solo homer — his 16th round-tripper of the season — off Blue Jays’ reliever Justin Shafer in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old third baseman has a .345/.395/.638 triple-slash line with 47 runs scored and 52 RBI across 256 plate appearances this season.
The Rockies have recalled infielder Garrett Hampson from Triple-A Albuquerque, and have optioned right-handed pitcher Jesus Tinoco to Triple-A. Hampson, 24, will be making his second stint on the Major League roster this season. He made his first career Opening Day roster and has batted .194 (18-for-93) with 10 runs scored, two doubles, one triple, one home run, six RBI, four walks, 26 strikeouts and one stolen base across 31 games in his first stint with the Rockies this season prior to being optioned on May 12.
It’s Jeff Hoffman (1-1, 7.20) on the mound. He will be making his fourth start of the season, his first on the road. Hoffman earned the win Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six through five innings of work. The win was Hoffman’s first since 2017. The 26-year-old has failed to make a major impact since then, spending most of his time in the minors. Hoffman got the call up again May 24 and had some trouble with location in his last outing, but managed to turn things around Wednesday with pivotal strikeouts to work his way out of jams.
Hoffman is 1-1 with a career 6.17 ERA (11.2 IP, 8 ER) in three games, two starts, vs. the Cubs. He won 9-1 on June 10, 2017 at Wrigley Field. Hoffman has a career mark of 4-5 with a 4.00 ERA (63.0 IP, 28 ER) in 15 games, 10 starts, on the road.
- Runs: 5.47
- Hits: 9.29
- Walks: 3.16
- Strike Outs: 9.36
- Runs: 5.22
- Hits: 9.33
- Walks: 3.53
- Strike Outs: 8.21
Why Bet on Chicago?
On Monday, the Cubs purchased the contract of outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from Triple-A Iowa. CarGo was signed to a minor league contract last Thursday. The 33-year-old hit just .210/.282/.276 in 117 plate appearances with the Indians before they cut him loose on May 22 and he’ll mostly operate as a left-handed bench bat for Chicago. CarGo was a long-time Rockies player and a very good one.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that he’s preparing for the possibility that Ben Zobrist (personal) might not return this season: “I have to think that way, absolutely. I hope that’s not the case. But he’s at the point now where if he chose to come back, it’s going to take him a while to get back up to speed, too. We have to mentally be prepared that we will not have him.” It has been four weeks since Zobrist left the team to deal with a personal family issue, later revealed to be ongoing divorce proceedings from his wife Julianna.
Chicago hit 51 home runs in May, the most in any calendar month in franchise history, surpassing August 2004 and August 2017 (48 homers). The 51 blasts last month eclipse the previous record for May – 44 hit in 2000.
Kyle Hendricks takes the mound for the Cubbies. Hendricks (5-4) picked up the win in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Astros, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over eight innings while striking out seven. The right-hander closed out May the same way he began it, by saving the Cubs’ bullpen. Hendricks has worked at least eight innings in four of his last six starts, posting a 1.81 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 37:5 K:BB in 44.2 innings over that stretch with a 4-0 record.
Hendricks’ win against Houston marked his MLB-best fourth game this season throwing at least 8.0 innings and allowing one or no runs. He will be facing Colorado for the ninth time in his career and fourth time at Wrigley Field. Hendricks has gone 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA (22 ER/48.1 IP) in his first eight starts. He has a 4.82 ERA (10 ER/18.2 IP) in his three starts vs. the Rockies at Wrigley Field.
- Runs: 5.21
- Hits: 8.66
- Walks: 4.29
- Strike Outs: 9.21
- Runs: 4.29
- Hits: 8.40
- Walks: 3.78
- Strike Outs: 8.72
Rockies vs Cubs MLB Betting Trends
- Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Chicago.
- Rockies are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Chicago.
- Under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
- Cubs are 1-4 in Hendricks’ last 5 starts vs. Rockies.
Expert MLB Prediction for Rockies vs Cubs
Cubs 7, Rockies 3