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Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, 6/6/19 2:20 PM ET Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, TV: Chicago (NBCSH), Colorado (ATT SportsNet-RM) Radio: Chicago (670 The Score), Colorado (KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM)
Yesterday’s matchup ending 9-8 in the Cubs’ favor, the two clubs are set to go again at 2:20 PM ET at Wrigley. This will be the last matchup of the three game series, the Cubs currently leading 2 games to none. There were 21 hits in yesterday’s contest, 11 belonging to the Rockies and 10 for the Cubs.
Jose Quintana will get the nod for the Cubs today. He’s currently 4-4 on the season with an ERA of 3.78 and 62 Ks. Due to a rain delay, his last start was shortened. He went 4 innings giving up 4 hits and 2 runs to the Cardinals, walking 1 and recording 6 strikeouts.
The right-handed Peter Lambert will be making his MLB debut for the Rockies. This callup will allow Jon Gray extra time to recover from his blister. Over 11 starts in triple A, Lambert is 2-2 with an ERA of 5.07. He was the Rockies’ second round draft pick in 2015.
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. J. Quintana , (R), SP
The Cubs come into tonight’s game having won their last 3. Most of their winning (and losing) on the year has been streaky. David Bote had a monster game yesterday, recording 7 RBIs and 1 homer. He went 4-4 on the day. Contreras and Rizzo were responsible for the other two RBIs.
There’s obviously no history to go off of for the Cubs matching up with Peter Lambert, but the Cubs are hitting .259 off of righties on the year. They’re hitting .252 with an OBP of .346 in day games on the year. They actually have a worse BA (.249) at home than on the road (.262) on the year.
With Quintana’s last start getting cut short, we can look to the start before that for an indication of where he’s at. He went 5.1 innings against the Reds on May 26th, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) and 12 hits. Quintana has limited some of the Rockies big bats in the past, but Trevor Story is hitting .600 off the left-hander through 5 ABs.
1. R. Tapia , LF (L)
2. T. Story , SS (R)
3. N. Arenado , 3B (R)
4. D. Murphy , 1B (L)
5. I. Desmond , CF (R)
6. D. Dahl , RF (L)
7. B. Rodgers , 2B (R)
8. C. Iannetta , C (R)
9. P. Lambert , SP (R)
Despite yesterday’s loss, the Rockies are still 7-3 in their last 10 games. Dahl recorded 3 hits yesterday, driving in 3 of the Rockies’ 8 runs. Arenado drove 2 in with one hit on the day. Despite putting up 8 runs, when your pitching gives up 9, it’s hard to win a game.
The Rockies lineup stacks up pretty well against the Cubs’ left-hander. Arenado has taken Quintana deep twice through just 9 ABs. Ian Desmond is hitting an even .500 off of him, and Trevor Story has posted 3 hits in 5 ABs. Tomorrow will be Daniel Murphy and Brendan Rodgers first time matching up against the left-hander.
With the numbers Lambert has been putting up in triple-A, it seems a little premature for him to get the nod against this tough Cubs lineup. Giving up an ERA of 5.07 in the minors usually doesn’t translate well to the majors, so it’s difficult to see exactly what the Rockies hope to accomplish here. That being said, this Cubs lineup generally struggles against pitchers they haven’t seen before.
Cubs vs. Rockies Betting Odds
The line is currently set at Cubs -138 Rockies +118 after opening at Cubs -135 Rockies +115. The line is moving ever-so-slightly to favor the already-favored Cubs, and I see them taking this game for the sweep. Despite Quintana’s less than satisfactory recent starts, I think Lambert will get smacked around in his MLB debut. There currently is no over/under set.
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