John Lackey was beaten up badly in the series opener yesterday, with Michael Wacha now set to toe the rubber for the Cardinals at Coors Field tonight. What kind of MLB odds are on offer?
Betting Cardinals vs. Rockies
The Cardinals find themselves favored once again tonight despite getting shellacked yesterday, and it's because they have the clear-cut edge on the pitching side of things. Wacha and company are listed in the -120 to -125 range to get the victory; if you want to get the best possible number, Bookmaker currently has the line at -120.
Obviously the Rockies are therefore the underdogs, with sportsbooks showing them at approximately +110. We see another high total for tonight's game at Coors, as the O/U is trading at 10 runs right now.
Colorado Rockies (De La Rosa)
It was a great night at the plate for the Rockies, as they made life a living hell for John Lackey. Colorado scored five runs in the first innings and went on to tally six more on their way to the 11-3 victory in the opener. David Hale, making his first MLB start of the season, ended up on the winning side of the decision.
It'll now be left-hander Jorge De La Rosa's turn to take the mound. He's 2-2 with a 6.15 ERA and 1.60 WHIP on the year, which are downright terrible numbers. His control has been shaky and he hasn't been pitching deep into games, and now he has to come to terms with one of the most disciplined teams in baseball.
De La Rosa naturally has struggled at home this season, although for the most part he's actually been pretty good at Coors throughout his career. So far in 2015, he owns a 8.44 ERA over five starts at Coors Field.
St. Louis Cardinals (Wacha)
It was a rough night for the MLB odds favored Cardinals, as they never really had a chance after getting into such a big hole early on. Lackey was a mess and they couldn't recover. An injury to outfielder Matt Holliday only added insult to injury in the blowout loss
The good news is St. Louis has a great shot of bouncing back immediately with a win in game two of the series, as Michael Wacha has been excellent for the club so far this season. He's rocking a 8-1 record, 2.18 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, which are some of the best numbers you're going to find in all of baseball. Wacha hasn't been overwhelming hitters (just 47 strikeouts over 70 and 1/3 innings), but he's been incredibly efficient and has looked in control in almost all of his starts thus far.
Tonight's matchup is as hard as it's going to get for Wacha, so this will be the biggest test. Pitching at Coors tends to bring the worst out of a pitcher, but the young righty hasn't looked daunted in 2015 and certainly has the ability to shut down this Colorado team.
The Rockies jumped all over Lackey early, and that essentially put the game out of reach within the first couple of innings. We expect Wacha to fare better tonight, a big reason why we think St. Louis is the right side.
Losing Holliday to injury is a blow, but the Cardinals still have pop without him, and they have a couple of lefty-killers as well, notably Jhonny Peralta, who should be licking his chops at this upcoming matchup with De La Rosa. The powerful shortstop has been seeing the ball well and should do damage against the southpaw this evening.
In simple terms, we trust Wacha a lot more than De La Rosa at this juncture, and so we don't mind laying a little chalk. We're adding St. Louis to our MLB picks for this very busy Tuesday night of MLB action.
MLB Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -120