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MLB Betting Picks – Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs

Written by:
Phil Simon
Published on:
Jun/04/2019

Picking themselves up off the mat, the Colorado Rockies have surged up the NL standings on the strength of an eight-game winning streak.


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They are still well behind the Dodgers in the West, but the Rox have crept into the Wild Card picture, which is where they were last season. The Rockies and Chicago Cubs will square off for the first time since that playoff encounter ended with Colorado posting a 2-1 victory.

By losing six of seven games, the Cubs ceded first place in the NL Central. They ended the slide with a much-needed win Monday over the Angels in a makeup contest. Kyle Hendricks gets the nod for the Cubs and will be opposed by Jeff Hoffman.

Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs

Date and Time: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 8:05 p.m. ET

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Probable Pitchers: Jeff Hoffman vs. Kyle Hendricks

Opening MLB Odds: Cubs -190, Rockies +163, O/U 9

Rockies at Cubs TV Coverage: Local

Odds Analysis

Break up the Rockies. The hottest team in baseball is trying to make a race out of the NL West. Unfortunately, the Dodgers just keep winning. A woeful 3-12 start had folks calling for Bud Black’s head. Staying the course, the Rockies have climbed out of their slump in a big way with eight consecutive wins. Their rampage was fueled by an impressive mix of hitting and pitching, which usually happens when a club rips off that many wins. Colorado scored at least four runs in all eight wins and is averaging 7.0 runs per game in the stretch.

While the Rox are trending up, the Cubs are going the other way. They dropped three in a row to the Cardinals over the weekend and were 2-8 in their previous 10 games before taking down the Halos, 8-1, on Monday. They haven’t won two straight games since May 21-22 and the Cubs have dropped four of five series with a tie since earlier last month.

Probable Pitchers

We’ll have to put an asterisk next to the ERA of Jeff Hoffman ( 1-1, 7.20 ERA ) since all three of his starts have taken place at Coors Field. He’s getting an extended audition to stick in the rotation after some issues with other hurlers, and looks to build off his best outing of the season. Hoffman allowed seven hits and three earned over 5.0 innings to beat Arizona for his first win of the campaign.

He’s had a cup of coffee with the big league club over the past few seasons and he is familiar with Wrigley Field. Back in June of 2017, Hoffman gave up one run and four hits with eight strikeouts to beat the Cubs 9-1. Over his 40 game career, Hoffman has a respectable 4.00 ERA on the road compared to 7.39 at Coors Field.

The Cubs got what they needed from Kyle Hendricks ( 5-4, 3.09 ERA ) in his last outing. The righty ended a three-game slide with 8.0 innings of one-run, four-hit ball against Astros. He went 4-0 with a 1.81 ERA in six May starts, going at least 8.0 innings and not allowing more than one earned run on four occasions.

Hendricks has enjoyed success at home this season, too. He’s allowed just five earned runs with 32 strikeouts over 35 innings while going 2-1 with a 1.29 in five starts. Hendricks was the losing pitcher in last year’s Wild Card game and could have a little added incentive to shut down the Rockies and stop their winning streak.

Player to Watch

Nolan Arenado has been one of the best players in the game over the past several seasons and he’s absolutely crushing the baseball during Colorado’s winning streak. Do the two go hand in hand or is it just a coincidence? Anyway, Arenado’s been scorching hot and takes a 13-game hitting streak into Wrigley on Tuesday. He hit his 16th homer for one of his two hits Sunday and is hitting a robust .481 with 17 RBIs during the streak. Overall Arenado is second in the NL with a .345 average and 52 RBIs. The Rockies are scoring 6.7 runs per game while winning 21 of their last 34 games.

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The Rockies did plenty of damage during a 10-game homestand that included matchups against the pitiful Orioles and Blue Jays. Out of the comforts of Coors Field and facing a quality starter in Hendricks, I expect them to have a more difficult time. And winning eight games in a row is about the limit. I have to go with the home team in this one now that they have a success in their return to Wrigley.

MLB Score Prediction: Cubs 5, Rockies 3

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