MLB Predictions and Picks: Reds vs. Rockies Baseball Betting Odds
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 9/7/2010
The standings tell us the Cincinnati Reds are the playoff team in waiting while the Colorado Rockies are the outsiders looking in at the playoff picture.
Play on the field has told us something else. The Rockies have looked every bit the part of a team deserving to play in October as they have won four in a row and 11 of 15 to vault themselves back in the playoff discussion. The Reds look more like postseason imposters, losing three of their last four and struggling immensely against teams with a winning record.
Yet it’s the Reds with their playoff fate all but sealed as they are nursing a six-game lead in the NL Central while the Rockies have fought tooth and nail just to climb within 4.5 games of first place San Diego and to get within five games of the Phillies in the Wild Card race.
Both teams maintained their opposite directions in Game 1 of this series when the Rockies pounded the Reds, 10-5, despite spotting Cincinnati a four-run lead.
Game 2 of this crucial four-game series takes place tonight at 8:40 p.m. ET from Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.
MLB Predictions and Picks: Pitching matchup
Johnny Cueto (RHP, 12-4, 3.41 ERA) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (RHP, 7-9, 3.69)
The rookie Chacin has been electric over his last three starts. He has allowed only two earned runs in his last 20 innings and is 2-0 with 19 strikeouts and a 0.90 ERA in his last three starts.
Cueto has been dealing with a death in the family that has kept him away from the team. He last pitched on Sept. 1. Over his last two starts Cueto has been superb, allowing two earned runs in 14 innings of work. The Reds are 2-0 in those games.
Both pitches enter the game pitching as well as they have all season.
Reds vs. Rockies Betting Odds
Colorado is a home favorite listed at -130 with Cincinnati an underdog at +110. The total is 9. Odds are courtesy of Sportsbook.com.
Reds vs. Rockies Betting Trends
Cincinnati is 1-4 in its last five games vs. a right-handed starter
Cincinnati is 0-4 in Cueto’s last four starts vs. a team with a winning record
Colorado is 7-2 in its last nine games vs. a right-handed starter
‘Under’ is 5-1 in the last six meetings between the two teams in Colorado
Cincinnati is 6-20 in its last 26 meetings in Colorado
Cincinnati is 5-18 overall in its last 23 meetings vs. the Rockies.
Reds vs. Rockies Betting Picks and Predictions
As friendly as Coors Field has been to Colorado, it has been downright brutal to the visiting Reds. The Reds are 6-20 in their last 26 games in Colorado, but obviously this is a much difference Cincinnati team than the cellar dwellers from years past who have lost repeatedly to Colorado, especially on the road.
Still, there is somewhat of a mental advantage Colorado has in terms of the ballpark and nowhere was that more evident than Monday when a 4-0 Cincinnati lead vanished in a half an inning.
Colorado is a combined 38-17 in September dating back to the 2008 late-season push that helped land the Rockies in the World Series. Both of those late-season pushes came under Jim Tracy and it is looking like the Rockies dominance in the final month of the season is not just a coincidence.
The Reds may be in place for the playoffs now, but the Rockies are playing like a playoff team. The price of -130 is just too good to pass on Colorado at home.
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