Ruffolo's Rockies/A's Best Bet

Oakland Athletics (19-30) vs Colorado Rockies (15-31)

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 9:40 pm

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I’m on the Rockies here. I get why you’d shy away from Colorado as the Rockies are just 6-19 on the road this season. However, Aaron Brooks has made just one major league start since 2019 and while 3 runs in 7 innings against the Astros is respectable, I don’t trust this Oakland offense to back Brooks up. The A’s have 8 straight and have scored 3 runs or less in six of those. Granted, all of those were on the road and the A’s finally come back home, but the Rockies have been on the road and more often than not over the last couple of weeks have been far more competitive than Oakland has been. Cal Quantrill starts for Colorado here, and Quantrill has gone 6+ innings with 1 run or less allowed in 5 of his last 6 starts and has completely turned his season around. Even with five innings of six run ball against the Astros sandwiched in the middle, Quantrill has a 2.21 ERA in that six start stretch and the Rockies are 4-2 as a team in those six outings. My concern with Quantrill in his move to Colorado was pitching in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors. But in a pitcher-friendly ballpark against an A’s team that can’t hit their way out of a wet paper bag, I think Quantrill can deliver another solid start and get himself and the Rockies a rare road win. Give me Colorado.

Chris’s Pick Colorado Rockies: +115

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