Rockies vs. Cubs, Aug. 25
This is sadly a tale of two lost seasons for these teams. The Rockies started the season with little hope of making it to the playoffs after they sold off a good part of their offense. The Cubs had high expectations before a first half of the season lead turned into a total implosion of their opening day roster. The Rockies have been better of late as they are 6-4 in their last 10 and the young Cubs continue to struggle, they are just 3-7 in their last 10. The Rockies are the worst road team in baseball and considering the Dbacks lost over 20 straight road games shows just how bad the Rockies have been. Will the Rockies road-woes continue? Can the Cubs string some positive momentum together and capitalize with some wins against a bad road team?
Colorado: Out of Place
As we touched on, the Rockies are in fact closing in on a Major League record for the worst road record in a single season. Right now, Colorado sits at 14-46 in road games and with little to play for in the season, that record could continue to get worse. Marquez gets the nod in the early game for Colorado and like you should expect, his road woes are glaring. He sits at 3-7 on the road with an ERA that is creeping up into the 5’s. In comparison, Marquez is 8-2 at home where the Rockies are 12-3 in games that he has started in. Marquez has given up the long ball lately; he has allowed a home run in seven of his last ten starts and nine long balls all together. The Rockies are also a sub .500, 9-16 after a day off and with yesterday’s game being postponed this trend falls into play as well. Marquez has allowed his highest number of runs lately, 16 in his last five starts, combine that with a larger number of long balls and it could be a long afternoon for Colorado.
Cubs: Tough Love
The Cubs have just been bad as many expected after they got rid of most of their opening day lineup. The new guys are getting their feet wet, but they are just 4-17 in the month of August. Despite all the losing, the Cubs still hold a record of one game over .500 at home at 32-31 this season. Zack Davies has been a complete mess lately; everyone has been able to hit him extremely well, especially over his last five starts. In his last five, he has allowed 25 runs and an astounding 11 home runs. With sub-par numbers for almost the entire season and a team that is full of young players, the Cubs are 4-11 in games that Davies has started and have lost his last five consecutive starts.
Cubs vs. Rockies Pick
This game has the look and feel of a game that would be played in Colorado but is going to be played in Wrigley. The Rockies might have the worst road record in baseball and while that means they lose a ton of games it does not mean they don’t score a lot of runs in those games. Davies has been awful; a little league team could probably tee off on him right now and the Rockies have been able to score a good number of runs over their last 10 games. Marquez has been terrible on the road and though brief, we have seen some signs of life from this Cub’s offense. There is no way I can trust either side in this game and with both bullpens also being in the bottom half of the league, the runs should come in this one, play the over.