Great Run Line Value In Anderson & Rockies vs. Rays Tonight

Joe Gavazzi

Monday, July 18, 2016 5:24 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 18, 2016 5:24 PM UTC

The Tampa Bay Rays travel west to face the Colorado Rockies in the first game of this 3-game, early week set.  It is a battle of two teams who have no hope for appearing in the post-season. 

But, while the Colorado Rockies continue to exceed preseason expectations, the Tampa Bay Rays are among the biggest disappointments in MLB. True enough, I do have a BUY sign on the Rays, as their horrific 3-23 recent slide implies they will eventually turn things around. But until they win consecutive games (broke their 7-game slide with a 5-2 home win vs. Baltimore on Sunday), you can only consider looking against them. That is certainly true when considering the Rays’ recent form on the road and the current form of each of these teams’ pitchers.

Tampa Bay has shown fits and starts in this 2016 campaign. Just prior to their recent 3-23 slide, it appeared they had turned things around and would begin to ascend to the level of their top half OPS numbers in both batting and pitching. But, the bottom has clearly fallen out in the last month in what is a lost season for the Rays, who trail Baltimore by 18 ½ games in the AL East and are one of only 4 teams who are playing sub.400 ball.

Among the biggest disappointments has been tonight’s starter, Smyly, who for the season is 2-10 with a 5.47 ERA and has gone 0-6 in his last 9 starts. At one point in the season, the Rays were 16-26 on the road, but they have lost their last 10 times they have suited up as visitor. Now, they must travel to the mile-high altitude of Colorado, a venue they seldom experience.

Again this season, little was expected from the Rockies, who were projected with just 71 wins. But, their current 42-49 record speaks to the fact they have outperformed their detractors. One of the bright lights for Colorado has been today’s starter, T. Anderson, who in 6 starts has a 3.03 ERA. In fact, Anderson has allowed 3 or less runs in each start over his most recent 35 2/3 IP, in which he has a 32/6 K/BB.

Any time we are looking to play the Rockies, we are always looking to lay the runs. Of the 42 Colorado wins, 35 of them have come by 2 or more runs. That includes 17 of 20 when suiting up at Coors Field. I invite you to put the MLB odds in your favor and join me in my MLB betting pick on the Colorado Rockies tonight.

Free MLB Pick:  Rockies -1½ +135
Best Line Offered:  at Heritage

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