The Colorado Rockies managed to edge out the Chicago Cubs last night with a close 6-5 win. They took the lead in the bottom of the 8th on a Ryan McMahon single. The Rockies got in a hole in the 3rd inning, as German Marquez got smacked for 4 runs before 3 outs were recorded. However, Colorado responded quickly and came back with 4 runs of their own.
By the end of the 3rd, we had a 4-4 game and it stayed that way until the 7th inning. They traded a run each before McMahon had the game-winner. Chicago had no answers in the 9th and the Rox enjoyed a 6-5 win over a solid opponent.
It was a good win for the Rockies, and with the Dodgers losing, they were able to put a small dent in the Dodgers’ lead. A very small dent, as the Dodgers go from having an 11-game lead to a 10-game lead in the NL West.
The Dodgers are still in fine form, while the Dodgers need to do some serious catching up. There is still a lot of time to do it, and appears the storm is behind them in 2019. The Rockies opened up with some horrendous play, but the bats are awake and the team as a whole have been playing better.
What it comes down to for the Rockies is pitching. If they get adequate enough pitching, the offense can take care of the rest. Colorado can put runs up in a hurry, but losing games when the offense score 7 on a regular basis is a losing formula.
Marquez pitched well last night despite the 3rd inning, and as a unit the rotation has been stepping it up. Peter Lambert made his Major League Baseball debut against the Cubs at Wrigley Field and he had a standout performance.
Lambert is expected to be a future ace for the Rockies, and he has the opportunity as a rookie to get a head start on his career in Colorado. The 22-year-old will get the call again on Tuesday and it will be against the same Cubs team he saw five days ago. Get our free Cubs vs. Rockies pick below.
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The only way for the Rockies to bring in top pitching talent is either in trades or drafting well. No free agent wants to go to Denver and pitch in the atmosphere. However, Lambert is a top pitching prospect in the Rockies’ system, so they may have struck gold with him. It is too early to say what his career is going to look like, but there are a lot of people high on Lambert. We’ll have to go back to Lambert in a couple of years and see how he is doing.
He showed some of his potential off at Wrigley, shutting the Cubs down for 4 hits and 1-run in 7 innings. The Rockies didn’t baby Lambert at all, letting him go 7 innings before going to the bullpen. If he is feeling it again tonight, don’t expect Bud Black to want to take him out of the game. There are likely going to be growing pains for Lambert, though, so a bad or excellent start isn’t the best barometer for his future at this point.
There has been more pain for Quintana of late than anything. The Cubs’ lefty has gotten hit for an ERA of 5.40 and 1.44 in his previous three outings. Going on the road has been a dicey situation for Quintana in 2019 as well. Note that he holds a 5.02 ERA and 1.47 WHIP on the road this year. He took a 3-1 loss against Lambert and the Rockies in his most recent appearance.
Quintana went 7 innings and allowed all of the Rockies’ runs in that contest. He didn’t surrender a long ball, but at Coors Field that is likely to change. I don’t feel too comfortable laying -135 on Quintana on the road in this environment. The Rockies’ offense have flown all the way up to 3rd in the majors with 5.32 runs scored per game. At home they have notched 6.29 runs a game. There appears to be some value on the Rockies to win their second in a row over the Cubs on Tuesday.