Rockies-Athletics MLB Picks: Which Team Will Rebound Tonight?

Ross Benjamin

Monday, June 29, 2015 11:22 AM UTC

Monday, Jun. 29, 2015 11:22 AM UTC

Between the Colorado Rockies and the Oakland Athletics, which team will end their current string of losses? This sports handicapper has made up his mind and shares his money line picks here.

Rare Meeting between Rockies and A’s
Oakland opens a home three-game inter-league series with Colorado on Monday at 10:05 PM ET. The A’s will be looking to rebound after being swept in a three game set at home by Kansas City. It was a dose of reality for an Oakland team that entered that series winners of five in a row, and nine of their previous eleven. Colorado takes the field tonight having lost two in a row at the hands of San Francisco. Similar to Oakland they were playing very well prior to that two game slide, and had won five of their previous six.


Starting Pitchers
The Rockies will go with David Hale on the mound tonight. The right-handed hurler has displayed awful form during his previous three starts, posting a sizable 8.04 ERA and 1.85 WHIP. Hale has a very lofty 5.86 ERA in six starts this season, and is allowing one home run per 4.4 innings pitched.

It will be right-hander Kendall Gravemen who gets the start for Oakland on Monday. He’s shown very good form during his previous four starts by compiling an excellent 1.86 ERA in those outings. However, there’s an area of concern regarding Gravemen. He’s struggled in four home starts, evidenced by a large 7.84 ERA, and unimpressive 1.60 WHIP.


Final Analysis
The Rockies have gone 5-0 over the total in their previous five road games, and are 11-2 over during its previous thirteen games overall. They’ve certainly scored their share of runs during that stretch. Unfortunately, they’ve given up more than they amassed. They’re allowing 7.3 runs per game during the last eleven outings.

This looks to be a very favorable spot for Oakland. Prior to running up against arguably the best pitching staff (Kansas City) in the American League during this past weekend, they were hitting at a torrid pace prior to that series. I’m siding with the home money line favorite for one of my MLB picks on Monday. Pinnacle possesses the lowest current money line price pertaining to my wager.

MLB Picks: Play Oakland -152 on the money line at Pinnacle

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