The Colorado Rockies look to continue their good fortunes in Seattle, but last night was anything but good for them. The Mariners took them to the shed and laid a beating on them, as they swallowed a 10-4 loss on Tuesday night.
It’s been smooth sailing for the Rockies over the season long picture thus far, though. It has been a long time since the Rockies were playing in any kind of contention at the top. With the loss last night to the Mariners, the Rockies are 33-21 and have the second most wins in baseball.
Colorado are in a peculiar position at the moment. They could easily go off the rails for a couple of weeks and become a non-threat. Conversely, the Rockies could keep it up and be the Indians of 2017. In some ways, this may be more of a surprise than the Indians surge to the top a year ago, if the Rockies can make it happen. Helping aid them, has been their play on the road which has been quite strong. Despite the loss last night, the Rockies are still 18-8 playing on the road. They also dropped the first game of this series, 6-5.
The Rockies resurgence is in due in large part to Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, and veteran Mark Reynolds. Reynolds is having the best season of his lengthy 12-year career. There’s a long way to go, but he has never finished with a BA above .300.
Last season was his best, a .282, and in 2017 he owns a .313 batting average. The Rockies will look to take a game off the Mariners tonight after dropping the previous two. Head below to get our free Rockies vs. Mariners pick at The Sports Geek.
Colorado Rockies vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Antonio Senzatela (7-1, 3.19 ERA) vs. James Paxton (3-0, 1.43 ERA)
The question on everyone’s mind is whether the Rockies are going to keep it up. They don’t have many believers, or have some of the brand names on other clubs, but the Kansas City Royals didn’t need brand names to win a World Series. A healthy Blackmon and Arenado should propel this team into the dog days of summer.
Antonio Senzatela will get the call for the Rockies, and he’s done a relatively good job with the Rockies. He owns a 7-1 record with a 3.19 ERA, including a 1.15 WHIP. Sanzatela is a rookie, who has the potential to bloom into a weapon in Colorado.
He put forth the best effort of his career in his last outing against the St. Louis Cardinals. They managed just 5 hits and no runs across 8 innings. Between his opponent, James Paxton, and himself, they’ve combined for a record of 10-1. Paxton with a perfect record of 3-0. Other than one bad start for Paxton this season, he’s been a flawless pitcher on the hump.
Paxton has held his own in his five-year career, with his ERA staying under 4.00 the last four years. He is playing like a guy who wants his name to be known. Paxton certainly deserves a look at for the All-Star Game, with a 1.43 ERA and 0.98, he’s more than earned the opportunity. After allowing 5 runs, he bounced back in his last two starts with just 1 run surrendered in 12.1 innings. Last night was the first Seattle game to go OVER the total in eight games. I think the scoring should settle down with Senzatela and Paxton in the spotlight. The UNDER is the pick for Wednesday on the diamond.
PICK: UNDER 8 (-110)