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Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, 6/4/19 8:05 PM ET Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, TV: Chicago (NBCSH), Colorado (ATT SportsNet-RM) Radio: Chicago (670 The Score, WRTO 1200), Colorado (KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM)
Yesterday’s matchup ending 6-3 in the Cubs’ favor, the two clubs are set to go again at 8:05 PM ET at Wrigley. There were 14 hits total in the game yesterday, 8 belonging to the Cubs and 6 for the Rockies. The ever-unpredictable Yu Darvish will get the start for the Cubs. It’ll be the right-handed German Marquez for the Rockies.
Darvish’s last start was among his best of the year, giving up just 1 run and 3 hits. It’s seems reassuring, but Darvish has been anything but streaky on the year. The last time he had a start where he held a team to 1 run and 2 hits, his next time out he gave up 5 runs to the Cardinals.
Marquez is 6-2 on the season with a posted ERA of 3.48. He’s fanned 83 on the year, seven of those coming from his last start against the Blue Jays which resulted in a victory for the right-hander who’s found himself in a leadership role in the Rockies rotation.
1. K. Schwarber , (L), LF
2. K. Bryant , (R), 3B
3. A. Rizzo , (L), 1B
4. J. Baez , (R), SS
5. C. Gonzalez , (L), RF
6. W. Contreras , (R), C
7. J. Heyward , (L), RF
8. A. Russell , (R), 2B
9. Y. Darvish , (R), SP
The Cubs come into tonight’s game having won their last 2. Most of their winning (and losing) on the year has been streaky. Baez and Schwarber each went deep in yesterday’s game, which makes it two dingers in two games for Baez. Let’s take a look at how the Cubs’ lineup has stacked up against Marquez in the past.
Baez has recorded 1 hit off the right-hander in 8 ABs, but that hit was a HR. Bryant is 1-4 against Marquez. Heyward has recorded 2 hits in 3 ABs. Rizzo is 1-2 against him, and Schwarber is 2-5. The struggling Cubs offense has seemed to awaken in the past couple of days, which is a must for any game Darvish gets the nod.
Darvish has been wild and loose thus far on the year. Going into tonight’s matchup, he has 41 BBs. He’s only giving up a .240 BA but still has an ERA of 5.02 on the year, so the free passes have been a killer for him. As stated before, his last start resulting in a win and only giving up 1 hit is promising, but it is far from indicative of how his outing will go tonight.
1. R. Tapia , LF (L)
2. T. Story , SS (R)
3. D. Dahl , RF (L)
4. N. Arenado , 3B (R)
5. D. Murphy , 1B (L)
6. B. Rodgers , 2B (R)
7. I. Desmond , CF (R)
8. T. Wolters , C (L)
9. G. Marquez , SP (R)
Despite last night’s loss, the Rockies are still 8-2 in their last 10 games. Before the loss, they had won their last 8 games. Their offensive production has been astounding, Story and Dahl both hitting .500 or above in the last 7 days. Unfortunately for the Cubs, Darvish has not been able to contain this Rockies lineup, historically.
Arenado is hitting .375 in his career off Darvish with 1 HR. Dahl and Story are both hitting .333 off the right-handed veteran. Chris Ianetta has taken Yu deep once for an average of .250. It’s safe to say Darvish won’t want to give any of these big bats something to hit, so expect to see him put up some more walks tonight.
If the bats are going and Marquez on the mound, I don’t see the Rockies losing this one. He’s allowed just a .167 batting average on the road this year. He’s 3-1 away from Coors on the season and posted a SO/W ratio of 5.71 in the month of May, finishing with 40 Ks in 6 starts.
Cubs vs. Rockies Betting Odds
The line is currently set at Cubs -115 Rockies -105 after opening at Cubs -105 Rockies -115. The line is moving in a way to favor the Cubs, but I just don’t see them coming out with a victory today. It’ll likely be the Rockies today as Darvish is sure to give up some runs early and the Cubs’ pen has been anything but great on the year. The over/under is set at 7.5 right now. If you can hit while it’s at 7.5, I’d take the over.
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