Houston Astros vs Colorado Rockies Prediction, 4/20/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Colorado Rockies
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Location: Coors Field in Denver, CO
TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-153) Colorado (+143)
Coors Field is the site where Jon Gray and the Colorado Rockies (4-12, 5th in NL West) will take on the Houston Astros (7-8, 4th in AL West) on Tuesday. The Rockies open this contest at +143 while the Astros are priced at -153. The over/under is set at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Lance McCullers Jr and Jon Gray.
As a team, the Houston Astros are knocking in 4.8 runs per game, which has them sitting at 7th in MLB. They have tallied 72 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .320. The Astros have hit 27 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 19 balls out of the park. They have accrued 67 runs batted in as well as 131 base knocks this year, and their batting average is at .253. Houston has a slugging rate of .419 and have been called out on strikes 107 times, while drawing a walk on 46 occasions.
The Astros are sitting with a team earned run average of 4.36 on the season (19th in baseball), and they have rung up 133 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.56 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.25. Astros pitchers have surrendered 18 home runs and also 66 runs (16th in MLB). They have walked 52 players from the other team and their FIP sits at 4.22 as a team so far this year.
Astros relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 17 times as well as having 14 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have a total of 9 holds this year (10th in MLB). The Astros bullpen have compiled a save rate of 50.0% and has entered the game in 14 save situations. They have earned 2 saves on the year and have blown 2 of their 4 chances to get a save. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 31 runners on the year and 32.3% of them ended up crossing the plate. The Astros have sent 49 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign.
McCullers (33-26 career win-loss record) has a FIP of 3.32 while going up against 2,198 batters in the major leagues. He has given up 452 hits (7.8 hits per nine innings) with 207 walks. His earned run average is 3.74 (217 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.262. McCullers has taken the hill for 522 innings and is sitting with 581 punch outs during his MLB career.
The Rockies have a slugging percentage of .385 and they score 4.12 runs per contest (17th in baseball). They have put up 23 doubles, while taking a walk 35 times and putting up 66 runs. Colorado has accounted for 17 home runs on the campaign to go along with 61 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 145 instances (13th in MLB) and have earned a total of 116 base hits. The Colorado Rockies have a team OBP of .270 and a batting average of .221 on the season.
The Rockies hold a team WHIP of 1.486 in addition to having a FIP of 4.59 as a squad on the year. They have a ranking of 27th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 136. The Colorado pitching staff have given up 76 runs this year while having a team ERA of 4.50 (69 earned runs relinquished). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.74 (120 strikeouts vs 69 free passes). They have allowed 17 home runs and they give up 4.96 runs per 9 innings (20th in MLB).
Colorado bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 24.0% out of their 25 inherited runners. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 12 times in high leverage situations and also on 15 occasions with runners on base. With 8 save situations, the Rockies have 2 holds and 4 blown saves. They rank 28th in MLB with a save rate of 33.3%, and they have sent 54 relievers onto the diamond so far this year. Colorado has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 6 save opportunities and they have walked away with 2 saves.
Gray (46-38 career record) has earned a 4.55 earned run average while allowing 9.1 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.09 and he has gone up against 2,977 opposing batters in his career. He has given up 352 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.336 and having a FIP of 3.8. During his pro baseball career, Gray has surrendered 701 base knocks while earning 707 strikeouts in 696 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Colorado (+143)
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