Colorado Rockies vs Houston Astros Prediction, 8/18/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado Rockies vs Houston Astros
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Rockies (+172) Astros (-187)
Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros (11-10, 2nd in AL West) play the Colorado Rockies (13-8, 2nd in NL West) at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. The moneyline on this game has the Rockies coming in at +172 and the Astros are at -187. The total opens at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start are Antonio Senzatela and Zack Greinke.
Key Colorado Rockies Injuries
8/16/2020 Carlos Estevez RP Hand Probable for Aug 17
8/16/2020 Chris Owings 2B Hamstring Probable for Aug 17
8/10/2020 Wade Davis RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/7/2020 Chi Chi Gonzalez SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/2/2020 Scott Oberg RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
7/23/2020 Peter Lambert SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Houston Astros Injuries
8/16/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/16/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Knee Probable for Aug 17
8/16/2020 Jose Urquidy SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 27
8/15/2020 Michael Brantley DH Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/15/2020 Aledmys Diaz DH Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/12/2020 Roberto Osuna RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
8/8/2020 Chris Devenski RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
8/8/2020 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/7/2020 Austin Pruitt RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/26/2020 Justin Verlander SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rockies have a 13-8 overall record this season. Senzatela has pitched in 372 frames and has 265 punchouts in his MLB career. His earned run average is 5.25 (217 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.467. He has conceded 407 base hits (9.8 hits per 9 innings) and has had 139 walks. Senzatela (30-22 mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.70 while he has gone up against 1,634 hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.90 and they have given up 71 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .239 against the bullpen and they've struck out 66 hitters and walked 23 batters. As a team, Colorado allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.5 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99. The Rockies pitchers collectively have given up 176 base hits and 83 earned runs. They have allowed 20 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. Colorado as a pitching staff has walked 53 batters and struck out 156. They have walked 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.23 and their FIP as a unit is 3.87.
As a team Colorado is hitting .280, good for 1st in the league. The Rockies hold a .457 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.7 hits per game. Nolan Arenado is hitting .244 with an on-base percentage of .295. He has 19 hits this season in 78 at bats with 14 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .500 and an OPS+ of 101. Charlie Blackmon is hitting .446 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .489. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 22 men in 83 at bats. His OPS+ is 196 while his slugging percentage is at .663. The Rockies have 203 hits, including 33 doubles and 27 home runs. Colorado has walked 65 times so far this season and they have struck out 169 times as a unit. They have left 141 men on base and have a team OPS of .793. They score 5.67 runs per contest and have scored a total of 119 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Greinke (206-123 career mark) holds a 3.35 ERA and has given up 8.3 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.93 and he has gone up against 11,815 batters in his pro baseball career. In his career, Greinke has surrendered 2,680 base knocks while earning 2,640 punchouts in 2,893 frames. He has given up a total of 1,076 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.158 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.65 and they have given up 88 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .217 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 88 batters and walked 52 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 169 base knocks and 81 earned runs this season. They have given up 22 home runs this year, which ranks 26th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 94 hitters and struck out 186 batters. They give up a walk 4.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.32.
As a team, they are batting .237, good for 17th in the league. The Astros hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .184 with an OBP of .253. He has 16 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 87 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .310 with an OPS+ of 51. Alex Bregman is hitting .268 this season and he has an OBP of .381. He has collected 22 hits in 82 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 136 and a slugging percentage of .500. The Astros as a unit have 174 base hits, including 40 doubles and 25 homers. Houston has walked 89 times this year and they have struck out on 168 occasions. They have had 152 men left on base and have an OPS of .732. They have scored 5.19 runs per game and totaled 109 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rockies/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros (-187)
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