The Colorado Rockies smacked the Cincinnati Red around, and then held on to avoid a collapse in the bottom of the 9th. The Reds cut the lead to 9-6 from 9-3 and had the tying run at the plate, but Scott Schebler failed to keep the rally going. He was struck down with runners at 2nd and 3rd and the Rockies were able to grab a 9-6 win on the road. It was a good win for the Rockies after getting trounced by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers swept the Rockies, winning by at least 3 runs in each game. This was on the heels of a loss against the San Francisco Giants, so they were on a four-game slide before meeting the Reds. The Rockies are still only 0.5 games back of 1st behind the Diamondbacks, but there are going to be a lot of changes before the end of the season. We’ll see if it holds up.
If you recall, the Rockies started the 2017 season hot. They looked like at least a wildcard team, but the Cubs took the final spot in the National League. The Diamondbacks and Cubs finished ahead of the Rockies. Colorado managed a respectable record of 87-75. It’s been up and down for them thus far in 2018, and a prediction for it to continue isn’t outlandish. They’ll likely compete and show flashes of reaching the postseason, but ultimately come short in the end. The Rockies will look for back-to-back wins over the 21-40 Reds. Don’t expect much from the Reds, as they search for their third win in the last nine games. Head below for our free Rockies vs. Reds pick.
Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick
Jon Gray (5-6, 5.68 ERA) vs. Sal Romano (3-6, 6.00 ERA)
The Rockies can score, problem being, pretty well everyone can score against the Rockies. That situation exacerbates itself when they are playing at Coors Field in Denver. The back-end of the bullpen has always posed issues in Colorado. It’s tough to attract pitchers to want to come and play here with the hittable conditions.
Jon Gray has been with the Rockies his entire career, so he hasn’t had much of a choice. Gray enters Wednesday with an ERA of 5.68. He started the year out of control, and then he stabilized a bit, but now it’s back to getting lit up worse than a Christmas tree. In his last 18 innings pitched, he has allowed 19 runs. In the last three starts for Gray, he owns a 9.00 ERA, 2.15 WHIP, and .420 OBA. It goes without saying that’s ugly. He stated that he is going to change his mental approach to break out of the slump, but he may need a trip to the minors if things don’t get better for him against the Reds. The Reds are hitting .283 against Gray in 60 at-bats.
If only there was a pitcher colder than Gray. Oh wait, Sal Romano is pitching worse than Gray. Romano enters with an abysmal ERA of 9.39 in his last three starts, which includes a horrible outing against Colorado, where he allowed 5 runs in 5.1 innings. It wasn’t exactly the air that got to Romano, he allowed 4 walks and 1 long ball, so his control was off all game long. The Rockies have hammered Romano in his career as well. They are hitting .387 against him in 31 at-bats. The Rockies’ bullpen is 27th with an ERA of 5.05, and the Reds are 19th with an ERA of 4.07 out of the bullpen. The OVER is 5-0 in the Reds last five games and 6-0 for the Rockies. The total of 8.5 looks a shade too low for me, thus a play on the OVER looks appropriate in Cincinnati.