A six-game homestand didn’t go well for the Colorado Rockies and now they’re in the early stages of a 10-game road trip that began yesterday at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. The Rockies are in last place in the NL West as are the Red Sox in the AL East, but Boston is in a much better spot after beating the Yankees two out of three over the weekend.
Today for the middle of a three-gamer the Rockies will hand the ball to Chase Anderson who has a 2.25 ERA in 32.0 innings of work this year. Boston will go with Kutter Crawford who has made 12 appearances, only four of those starts and has a 3.68 ERA in his 36.2 innings this year.
Let’s take a look at the odds for Colorado and Boston.
Rockies vs. Red Sox odds, run line and total
Rockies vs. Red Sox prediction and pick
The Rockies keep losing games and it’s because of how rough the pitching staff has been this season. Chase Anderson, who the club acquired from Tampa Bay earlier this year has been a bright spot, but I don't expect it to keep up. Anderson has a 4.96 FIP and has already allowed five home runs in his five starts with Colorado. Only two of those long balls actually were at Coors Field, the rest were on the road including two in his last start against the Giants.
As a whole the Rockies pitching staff is 24th in ERA in June and have allowed the fourth most hits (92). The Red Sox are right ahead of them with the third most hits allowed and a 4.18 ERA. Crawford has made two starts this month, both Boston losses and he only worked three innings in each. It appears that the Red Sox are still working on stretching him out, but they shouldn’t go too far.
Crawford has been very good as a reliever, but as a starter he has a career 6.09 ERA and allows an .843 OPS. I don’t have faith in either starting pitcher, so I’ll take the over in this one.
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