It’s still a little early in the game to be talking about divisional races, but even at this stage of the season, it’s becoming clear that we are going to have some very good battles going on. The NL Central is a good deal more competitive than we all thought it would be, as the Chicago Cubs are not off to the best start, making that division tight from top to bottom. The St. Louis Cardinals are in the thick of it, and are just a single game back of the division leading Cubs.
There looks to be another good race shaping up over in the NL West, where the Colorado Rockies are the surprise early leader. A lot of people saw them as a potential dark horse this season, but even at this stage of the year, they look like they might just be a legitimate contender. The Cardinals will head to Colorado this weekend for a big series that could potentially shake up the standings in those respective divisions.
Here’s A Closer Look At The St. Louis Cardinals At Colorado Rockies MLB Betting Odds & TV Info
When: Saturday, May 27 at 9:10 PM EST
Where: Coors Field, Denver
Starting Pitchers: Adam Wainwright Vs Kyle Freeland
TV: FS-M, ROOTRM
Radio: KMOX 1120, KOA 850 AM / 94.1 FM
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -1½ (+140)
Why bet on the St. Louis Cardinals
This will be the second series in this current road trip for the St. Louis Cardinals (23-21), and they will be hoping for better than they got in LA, where they lost 2 of 3 to the Dodgers. On a positive note, you have to like the Cardinals to bounce back on this trip, as they have a better record on the road than they do in their own park. Where the Cardinals have fallen a little flat this season is when they have played team from the West, as they have a 2-4 record against that group so far. While the Cardinals are just 1 game out of first place, they are just 4-6 in their last 10 games, and need to improve if they are to keep pace with a Cubs team that seems to be finding their feet. Adam Wainwright (4-3, 4.81 ERA) will start for the Cards.
Why bet on the Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies (31-18) are proving to be a better team than most people expected, and it looks as though the moves they made to strengthen their team are paying some real dividends. They are, as they have been for a few years now, one of the best offensive teams in the league, but they are now getting the defense and pitching that can make them a contender. Like the Cardinals, Colorado have had more success when playing on the road, but they are still 3-games above .500 at Coors Field. The Rockies are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and are also 7-3 against Central Division opponents this season. Kyle Freeland (5-2, 3.31 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rockies.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Kyle Freeland is 4-1 in his last 6 starts, with a no-decision mixed in there, and he always seems to get good run support from his team. I see more of the same here, and I like the Rockies to win this one.