Colorado Rockies vs Houston Astros Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/17/2020
Game: Colorado Rockies vs Houston Astros
Date: Monday, August 17, 2020
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Rockies (+146) Astros (-158)
Minute Maid Park is the site where Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros (10-10, 3rd in AL West) will play the Colorado Rockies (12-8, 2nd in NL West) on Monday. The Rockies open this matchup at +146 while the Astros are coming in at -158. The O/U is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers are Kyle Freeland and Brandon Bielak.
Key Colorado Rockies Injuries
8/16/2020 Chris Owings 2B Hamstring Probable for Aug 16
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 Aug 16
8/16/2020 Jose Urquidy SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
8/15/2020 Aledmys Diaz DH Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
8/15/2020 Michael Brantley DH Quadriceps 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 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/8/2020 Chris Devenski RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
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 12-8 overall record this season. Freeland (33-29 career win-loss record) sits with a FIP of 4.55 and he has faced 2,103 hitters in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.06 (220 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.389. He has given up 498 base hits (9.2 hits per 9 innings) and has 179 free passes. Freeland has taken the hill for 487 innings and has accumulated 372 strikeouts in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.91 and they have given up 68 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .239 against the bullpen and they've struck out 64 hitters and walked 19 batters. As a team, Colorado allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99. The Rockies pitchers collectively have given up 170 base hits and 79 earned runs. They have allowed 18 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. Colorado as a pitching staff has walked 47 batters and struck out 147. They have walked 2.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 3.76.
As a team Colorado is hitting .275, good for 1st in the league. The Rockies hold a .449 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.5 hits per game. Daniel Murphy is hitting .333 with an on-base percentage of .365. He has 20 hits this season in 60 at bats with 13 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .517 and an OPS+ of 125. Trevor Story is hitting .321 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .396. He has totaled 26 hits and he has driven in 12 men in 81 at bats. His OPS+ is 157 while his slugging percentage is at .617. The Rockies have 189 hits, including 30 doubles and 26 home runs. Colorado has walked 62 times so far this season and they have struck out 162 times as a unit. They have left 135 men on base and have a team OPS of .781. They score 5.45 runs per contest and have scored a total of 109 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Bielak (2-0 mark) has a 1.79 earned run average and has surrendered 7.2 hits per nine innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.57 and he has faced 62 opposing hitters. Bielak has surrendered 12 hits while he has accumulated 11 punchouts in 15 frames. He has given up 3 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.258 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.0. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.80 and they have given up 87 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 83 batters and walked 49 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.8. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 165 base knocks and 79 earned runs this season. They have given up 22 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 88 hitters and struck out 174 batters. They give up a walk 4.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.39.
As a team, they are batting .238, good for 17th in the league. The Astros hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Carlos Correa comes into this matchup batting .310 with an OBP of .402. He has 22 hits this year along with 9 RBI in 71 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .451 with an OPS+ of 132. Josh Reddick is hitting .296 this season and he has an OBP of .367. He has collected 21 hits in 71 at bats while driving in 7 runs. He has an OPS+ of 121 and a slugging percentage of .451. The Astros as a unit have 167 base hits, including 40 doubles and 24 homers. Houston has walked 88 times this year and they have struck out on 159 occasions. They have had 146 men left on base and have an OPS of .740. They have scored 5.3 runs per game and totaled 106 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rockies/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rockies (+146)
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