Athletics vs Rockies Prediction - MLB Picks 7/29/23
Colorado Rockies (40-63) vs Oakland Athletics (29-76)
Game Info: Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 8:10 pm (Coors Field)
Chris Flexen (0-4) (7.71) vs Paul Blackburn (1-2) (5.06)
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The Oakland Athletics will play the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 of their series on Saturday night at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Oakland won Game 1 on Friday night by a score of 8-5, which was only their second win in their last seven games. Colorado had a little bit of momentum after the All-Star break, but that has slipped away in the last three games.
The Oakland Athletics are 29-76 this season and they have lost 13 of their last 17 games. Prior to winning the first game in this series, Oakland lost both games in their mini series against the Giants. Oakland has been very poor on the offensive side this season and they have scored three runs or fewer in six of their last ten games. The Oakland pitching staff has a 5.86 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP, and a .268 opponent batting average this year. The Athletics offense has scored 376 runs with a .222 batting average and a .301 on base percentage. Brent Rooker is batting .244 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI’s for the Athletics. The projected starting pitcher for Oakland is Paul Blackburn, who is 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP over 48.0 innings pitched this year.
The Colorado Rockies are 40-63 this season and they have lost four of their last five games. Prior to this series, Colorado lost two out of three games in Washington. The Rockies have recently won series against the Yankees and Marlins, while they split a two game set with Houston. Colorado’s bullpen has been a huge issue this season and we saw why in Games 2 and 3 in Washington. The Colorado pitching staff has a 5.49 ERA, a 1.51 WHIP, and a .280 opponent batting average. The Rockies offense has scored 452 runs with a .253 batting average and a .314 on base percentage this year. Elias Diaz is batting .270 with 10 home runs and 48 RBI’s for the Rockies. The projected starting pitcher for Colorado is Chris Flexen, who is 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP over 42.0 innings pitched this season.
Colorado Rockies Team Facts
- The Rockies have lost each of their last five games against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
- The Rockies have covered the run line in seven of their last eight games following a loss.
- The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rockies' last four night games against American League opponents.
Oakland Athletics Team Facts
- The Athletics have won each of their last five night games against NL West opponents that held a losing record.
- The Athletics have covered the run line each of their last nine Saturday night games against teams that held a losing record.
- The Athletics have led after 3 innings in each of their last four night games against the Rockies at Coors Field.
- The Athletics have won the first inning in each of their last three night games against the Rockies.
- The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Athletics' last five Saturday games against National League opponents.
- The Colorado Rockies ranks 30th in the league for opponent batting average this season (.280).
- The Colorado Rockies ranks 29th in the league for ERA this season (5.49).
- The Oakland Athletics ranks 30th in the league for batting average this season (.222).
- The Oakland Athletics ranks 30th in the league for slugging percentage this season (.358).
These two teams have the worst two records in the MLB and their pitching staffs have been a disaster so far this year. The good news for these teams is that someone has to win this game, but it will likely be another high scoring contest. Colorado is starting Chris Flexen, who is being called up from Triple-A for the game. Oakland is starting Paul Blackburn, who has allowed 1, 6, 5, and 1 earned run in his last four starts. I can’t trust either of these two teams, but I am going to go with Colorado to get the win at home.