Bet the Cubs to Take Nightcap in Colorado

Willie Bee

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 12:46 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 9, 2017 12:46 PM UTC

The Cubs and Rockies will be working a little overtime today with a doubleheader in Denver, and it's Chicago carrying road chalk for Game 2 at Coors Field.

It's probably safe to say that nobody expected the first clash between the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies to find the former in third place of the NL Central and the latter leading the NL West. It's also safe to say we were disappointed in the weather on Monday as rain and hail forced the cancellation of the series opener.

The Cubs and Rockies will make that up today with a 2:10 PM (ET) start in Denver, then play their regularly-scheduled Tuesday night affair later, first pitch tentatively slated for 8:40 PM (ET). That's where our focus is, the nightcap, with John Lackey and Kyle Freeland the mound duel. BetOnline has Chicago -130 for the contest and 11 for the total.


Keeping Pitches Down Has Been Key For Rookie Freeland

Chicago is even at 3-3 in Lackey's starts, but bettors are down 2.0 units to the MLB odds when following the veteran righthander. He's coming off a no-decision at Wrigley last week vs. the Phils, tossing five and allowing three runs in a game the Cubs eventually won. One concern right now is his home run frequency, eight long balls served up in his last five starts which isn't a good sign heading to Denver. It's especially troubling considering Lackey's spotted past there; three career starts on this mound have yielded losses for his team each time while the Texan recorded a 9.17 ERA.

Freeland's three career starts at Coors have resulted in two wins for the Rockies while he pitched to a 3.56 ERA. One of those outings was a stinker, but the former first round pick in 2014has otherwise weathered the early storm in his rookie season. The southpaw won't wow you with strikeouts despite a good sinking fastball in the 92-93 mph range. It's the sinking action on that pitch, along with a plus-slider, that has him coaxing batters to hit the ball into the ground. The Mile High City native has so far faced just the AL West, seeing the Dodgers and Padres twice each, as he prepares for his career cherry against the Cubs.


Series Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

The Rockies have held their own against the Cubs since coming aboard in '93, and own a 46-37 advantage at Coors Field since it opened two years later. Colorado won both 3-game series a year ago, with the last five matchups in Denver hopping past the totals with at least 11 runs scored in all of those games.

There remains a threat of rain in the Denver forecast today and tomorrow when the series is supposed to wrap up. and with this being the only planned trip to Colorado for the Cubs this year, the umps will do all they can to get both games in. Temps in the upper-50s and an 8-10 mph southerly breeze (out to center) are expected for the start of Game 2. My free baseball picks are still fade-worthy, and I'm on the visitors this time around.

Free MLB Pick: Cubs -123Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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