Houston Astros vs Colorado Rockies Prediction, 8/19/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Colorado Rockies
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Location: Coors Field in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (-150) Rockies (+139)
Charlie Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies (13-9, 2nd in NL West) host the Houston Astros (12-10, 2nd in AL West) at Coors Field on Wednesday. The Astros open this matchup at -150 while the Rockies are coming in at +139. The total has been set at 12.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Framber Valdez and Ryan Castellani.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
8/18/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Knee Expected to be out until at least Aug 19
8/17/2020 Chris Devenski RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/16/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/16/2020 Jose Urquidy SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 27
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
8/7/2020 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
Key Colorado Rockies Injuries
8/17/2020 Chris Owings 2B Hamstring Probable for Aug 18
8/17/2020 Carlos Estevez RP Hand Probable for Aug 18
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
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 12-10 overall record this season. Valdez (9-10 career win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 4.47 while he has gone up against 577 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. His earned run average is 4.12 (60 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.449. He has conceded 116 base hits (8.0 hits per 9 innings) and has 74 walks. Valdez has taken the hill for 131 innings and is sitting with 126 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.53 and they have given up 89 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the bullpen and they've struck out 91 hitters and walked 53 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.5 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 3.59. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 171 base hits and 82 earned runs. They have allowed 23 home runs this season, ranking them 27th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 99 batters and struck out 193. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.32.
As a team Houston is hitting .237, good for 17th in the league. The Astros hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Alex Bregman is hitting .267 with an on-base percentage of .376. He has 23 hits this season in 86 at bats with 14 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .500 and an OPS+ of 135. Jose Altuve is hitting .176 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .242. He has totaled 16 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 91 at bats. His OPS+ is 45 while his slugging percentage is at .297. The Astros have 181 hits, including 42 doubles and 25 home runs. Houston has walked 91 times so far this season and they have struck out 174 times as a unit. They have left 159 men on base and have a team OPS of .726. They score 5.05 runs per contest and have scored a total of 111 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Castellani has allowed 2 base knocks while totaling 10 K's in 8 frames. He has given up 1 ER while earning a WHIP of 0.610 and a FIP of 3.8. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.33 and he has gone up against 32 hitters so far. Castellani (0-0 record) has a 1.10 ERA while surrendering 2.2 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.76 and they have given up 71 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .233 against the Rockies bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 67 batters and walked 25 opposing hitters. As a team, Colorado allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.5 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.92. The Rockies pitchers as a team have surrendered 183 base knocks and 85 earned runs this season. They have given up 20 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Colorado as a staff has walked 55 hitters and struck out 162 batters. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 3.79.
As a team, they are batting .272, good for 1st in the league. The Rockies hold a .446 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. Charlie Blackmon comes into this matchup batting .437 with an OBP of .479. He has 38 hits this year along with 22 RBI in 87 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .644 with an OPS+ of 187. Nolan Arenado is hitting .232 this season and he has an OBP of .283. He has collected 19 hits in 82 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 91 and a slugging percentage of .476. The Rockies as a unit have 205 base hits, including 33 doubles and 28 homers. Colorado has walked 70 times this year and they have struck out on 176 occasions. They have had 146 men left on base and have an OPS of .778. They have scored 5.45 runs per game and totaled 120 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Rockies MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rockies (+139)
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