MLB Bettors Know Rockies on the Road Have No Edge vs. Tigers

Jeff Grant

Friday, August 1, 2014 12:57 PM GMT

Justin Verlander has never lost a regular season home start against a National League opponent, which provides the Detroit Tigers a major edge over the Colorado Rockies Friday.

Rock Bottom
Colorado dropped three of four to the Chicago Cubs in opening up its seven-game road trip, as it managed to score just five runs in the losses over that span, while going under the MLB betting total in three of those affairs.

The Rockies have been unable to capitalize on their starting rotation compiling a NL-best 2.66 ERA since the All-Star break entering Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Cubs, as they continue to be hampered offensively with star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list with a hip injury.

It’s going to be hard to back this club heading in to the weekend when looking over the betting odds for this matchup at Comerica Park, considering it possesses a MLB-worst 17-36 road record.

 

Perfect Time for a Turnaround
AL Central's Detroit has fallen in defeat in five of its last six contests, but it has registered a 99-57 record in interleague play since 2006, which happens to be the second-best mark of its kind during that period of time.

The Tigers are going to be high-priced favorites in just about every game at this ballpark through the rest of the regular season, as they now possess the last three American League Cy Young Award recipients—acquiring Tampa Bay Rays star David Price at the Trade Deadline.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 10-10 as home favorites of -200 to -225, with the 'under' going 14-6 in that situation.

 

Morales
Rockies starting pitcher Franklin Morales (5-5, 5.18 ERA) has put together a 1-1 record and 3.05 ERA in four outings since returning to the rotation, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 7-5 home defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out—surrendering two runs and six hits over four frames.

The left-hander is 2-3 with a 6.20 ERA in 11 road appearances (seven starts), as he’s served up 13 home runs in 45 combined innings.

Morales has compiled a 5.76 interleague ERA over the course of his career, but he’s never faced the Tigers.

 

Verlander
Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (9-9, 4.79 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last four trips to the mound, as he looks to bounce back from a 4-0 setback on the road to the Los Angeles Angels.

The right-hander is 4-5 with a 4.69 ERA in 10 home starts, with opposing hitters batting .298 against him (.254 on the road).

Verlander has produced a remarkable 24-2 record and 2.75 ERA in 31 interleague starts in his career, including a perfect 14-0 mark and 2.14 ERA in 15 home appearances.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Tigers as one of their MLB predictions, as the Rockies have gone 9-21 as road underdogs of +175 to +200 dating back to the 2012 campaign.

Free MLB Pick:  Detroit Tigers at Pinnacle sportbook