June 1 Odds: Bet Rockies as Slight Dogs for Interleague Matinee at Mariners

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:20 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 31, 2017 10:20 PM UTC

The Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners conclude a home-and-home interleague series at Safeco Field on Thursday (3:40 p.m. ET). Read on as to why this capper likes the underdog Rox.

MLB Season Record: 16-12 (one game pending)

Colorado Rockies At Seattle Mariners (-128, 8.5)

The Rockies and Mariners close a four-game home-and-home interleague series on Thursday afternoon in Seattle. Because it’s played in the American League park, Colorado adds the designated hitter.

Are there any two ballparks in the majors more different than the Rockies’ Coors Field and Mariners’ Safeco Field? The ball carries a ton at Coors Field because of the thin air at altitude. Meanwhile, the air is usually heavy in the Seattle area because of the humidity and Safeco is quite cavernous. For example, on ESPN’s Park Factor statistic, Coors Field ranks No. 2 with a mark of 1.291 runs. A rate higher than 1.000 favors the hitter. Safeco, meanwhile, ranks 21st in home run factor at 0.903.

The Mariners did take the first two games of this home-and-home at Coors Field by scores of 6-5 on Monday and 10-4 on Tuesday. Colorado’s pitching staff has largely overachieved this season but might be showing some cracks. The Rockies are down to 14th in team ERA as of Wednesday. At home that ERA is 5.04, while on the road it’s No. 1 in baseball at 3.26.

Colorado had its first winning month of May since the 2010 team went 16-12. It’s also the first time in franchise history that the Rockies had a winning April and May in the same season. Center fielder Charlie Blackmon was named NL Player of the Week on Monday. He’s having an MVP-caliber season, entering Wednesday hitting .327 with 13 homers and 46 RBIs.

Blackmon leads the majors in triples (8), RBIs, total bases (138) is tied for first in extra-base hits (32). He’s also No. 1 in RBIs with runners on base (40), RBIs with runners in scoring position (37) and with RISP and two outs (20). Blackmon is +800 on MLB odds at BetOnline to win the NL MVP. He is on track to become just the seventh leadoff hitter with at least 90 RBIs in a season.


Thursday’s Probable Pitchers

The Rockies have gotten terrific production from their rookie pitchers this season and one of them is on the mound Thursday in lefty Kyle Freeland (5-3, 3.43). He had a two-start winning streak snapped Saturday vs. St. Louis, allowing three runs and eight hits over six innings.

Freeland has given up more than three earned in a start just once all season. He ranks first in the National League with a 61.9 ground-ball percentage. This will be Freeland’s first career start vs. Seattle. He did pitch an interleague road game on May 16 at the Twins and won it, giving up three runs and five hits over six innings.

Veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo (2-5, 5.76) goes for Seattle. He hast lost two straight. Gallardo walked a season-high six and threw a season-high 112 pitches Friday in Boston, giving up three runs and seven hits in 5.1 innings.

This is Gallardo’s 12th career appearance and 11th start vs. the Rockies. He is 0-5 with a 5.70 ERA (38 ER, 60.0 IP) with 52 strikeouts and 18 walks. Carlos Gonzalez hammers Gallardo in his career, going 8-for-19 with two doubles and a homer. Blackmon is 1-for-6. Nolan Arenado is 1-for-3 with a homer. It’s not clear whom the Rockies will use at DH. It was rookie Pat Valaika on Wednesday night.

I’m leaning the Rockies here for my MLB pick in the getaway game. Freeland is 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA on the road this year, and the Mariners batters don’t know him. Gallardo is 1-2 with a 7.00 ERA in five home starts, and plenty of Rockies know him.  

Free MLB Pick: Rockies +116Best Line Offered: BetDSI

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