Through two games of this season series, the Chicago Cubs (4-3) and Colorado Rockies (5-2) have gotten out to an even start. The Cubbies picked up a win in the mountains on Thursday before a five-run fourth inning propelled Colorado to a 6-5 decision Friday.
Dating back to 2019, Chicago has come out on the right side of four of the teams’ last seven encounters. In this one, however, the Cubs will have to see how their starter gets back on the horse in a return to the big leagues.
First pitch from Coors Field is slated for 8:10 p.m.
Impressive Import Makes Presence Known Early for Cubs
If the early going is any indication, the North Siders’ $85 million investment in right fielder Seiya Suzuki will be well worth the cash. Through the team’s seven outings, the former Hiroshima Toyo Carp star has belted a team-leading three home runs. His 10 RBIs are the second-most in the NL.
Including two doubles, backstop WiIlson Contreras had three of the Cubs’ 13 knocks and left fielder Ian Happ added another hit Friday night. The pairing has the two best averages at the dish for Chicago.
Since winning their first two games against Milwaukee to get underway, the Cubs have alternated three triumphs and defeats. They’ll hope this trend holds serve.
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Mountain Air a Boon for Colorado
The Rockies kicked their campaign off by taking two of three from one of the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers, who are in a select group of clubs most likely to forge deep into the postseason. Colorado has stayed on the wave, winning five of six.
Former Cub Kris Bryant is batting .379 and each Elias Diaz, Jose Iglesias, Connor Joe have carried big bats so far, as well. C.J. Cron paces the crew with three homers and seven RBIs.
Antonio Senzatela will want to rein things in some on the mound after giving up nine hits his last time out. The righty hurler will be making his 100th career start. He has a career 4.83 ERA and a 36-35 record.
Rockies Primed to Continue Roll
Oddsmakers tout Colorado as -138 favorites, with the total set at 12 runs. The higher altitude is well-known for providing an offensive edge. In the past two contests alone, the teams have combined for 17 extra base hits, including three long balls.
The Cubs have struck for at least five runs on four occasions and twice in a row against the Rockies. But, Mark Leiter Jr. is making his first major league start since Sep. 27, 2017. It will simply be a matter of whether he’s able to settle in.
I’m not too confident in that. Plus, Senzatela boasts a 24-12 career mark at home. Look for him to be in charge in front of a friendly audience.
I’m willing to bet that his team will cover -1.5 (+136).
Betting Pick: Colorado Rockies -1.5
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