Blue Jays vs Rockies Picks: A Ton Of Runs In The Thin Air Of Denver

Drew Martin

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 5:58 PM GMT

Struggling pitching and talented lineups makes for a high scoring run environment. Read on our exclusive MLB Pick for tonight's game between Blue Jays and Rockies in the Mile High City.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies host the Toronto Blue Jays for the middle game of a three-game series. The Rockies jumped out to the series lead last night coming from behind in the later innings to beat the Jays 9-5. The Blue Jays will look to even up the series behind the left arm of starter J.A. Happ. He will be opposite Rockies starter Eddie Butler who has been awful of late. Both starters have had issues and facing two of the most potent lineups in baseball in the most hitter’s friendly ballpark in the major leagues equals a high scoring run environment.

Eddie Butler was a highly regarded prospect, a former first round draft pick out of Radford University. His potential has not translated to success at the big league level to this point in his career. Recently, Butler has had major issues keeping runners off base. He has given up six runs in each of his last two times out and 27 earned runs his last five games started. In 3 of his last 5 games started he has given up at least nine hits and twice given up double digits in total of hits allowed. Butler throws hard, but his stuff has not translated well to the majors, mainly because his stuff does not have enough movement.

The Blue Jays lineup has been posting a mediocre .731 team OPS over the last week, but playing in Coors Field with the power potential this Jay’s team possesses is a recipe for success. The profile of pitcher the Jays have had previous success with is hard and straight, which exactly what Butler brings to the table.  There are a couple hitters in the lineup heating up of late including Josh Donaldson hitting safely in 16 of his last 17 contests.

JA Happ takes the hill for the Jays, he recorded his third straight victory on Wednesday after allowing two runs and six hits in five innings of a 5-2 victory over Arizona. The 33-year-old saw his pitch count elevate after issuing four walks, giving him 30 on the season, just two shy of his total last year. He is going to have to keep the free passes to a minimum if he is going to have any success tonight in Coors. He will be facing a red hot lineup in Colorado, who has scored 65 runs en route to winning five of their last eight contests and are sporting a team OPS just under 1000 the last week. Nolan Arenado leads the charge registering eight RBIs and seven runs scored during his 10-game hitting streak.

Tonight’s offenses are two of the most talented lineups in baseball with massive power potential. The two starting pitchers have major question marks and the bullpens behind them have been taxed of late. Each bullpen ranks in the bottom half of baseball in reliever WHIP. My MLB Pick for this game would be a wager on the over tonight in Coors. It’s a mile high and a ton of runs in the thin air of Denver with struggling pitching and talented lineups.

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Free MLB Pick:  Over 12½ -115
Best Line Offered:  at Heritage

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