The hot-hitting Astros shoot for a sweep of the Rockies Thursday afternoon in Denver. Are the Houston bats enough to entice this handicapper into an MLB pick today?
Astros-Rockies Thursday Betting Odds
As of early Thursday morning the best line we could find on Houston and Collin McHugh was the -114 listed at YouWager, while 5Dimes was giving Colorado and fellow righty David Hale +112. Also, many books opened the total on this game as high as 11, then dropped it to 10.5.
Houston has taken the first three games of this four-game, two-city series, following Wednesday's 8-4 decision. The Astros have hit 10 home runs in this series, including four Wednesday night, and lead the Majors with 95 dingers. They've also played six OVERS in a row.
So AL West-leading Houston (39-28) has won four games in a row, while Colorado (28-37) has lost seven of its last eight.
On the injury front the Astros might be without SS Jose Altuve, who's missed recent action with a sore hamstring.
Hale (2-1, 4.56) is 2/4 on quality starts since joining the Rockies rotation a month ago. Last time out he gave up four runs in six innings against Miami, and over his last four starts he's allowed 13 earned runs through 25 2/3 innings. Colorado is 2-2 in Hale's starts, with the totals splitting 2-2.
This will be Hale's first-ever start against Houston.
McHugh (6-3, 5.08) just got bombed by Seattle five days ago for eight runs through three innings, and over his last four starts he's allowed 19 runs through 22 innings; Houston has lost four of its last five starts, and its last four starts have all played OVER.
McHugh last started against Colorado back in 2012, when he was with the Mets.
Astros-Rockies Free Picks
Houston's the hotter team at the moment, and that's good enough for us in this spot, despite McHugh's recent troubles. Also, we could easily see this game getting to 6-5, so we're thinking OVER with our MLB picks.