MLB Betting Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds – Friday, July 26, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Friday, July 26, 2019 at 6:40 PM EST
Where: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio
Moneyline: Cincinnati Reds -125
Betting Total: 8.5 Runs
The Colorado Rockies will travel to Cincinnati and Great American Ballpark Friday to take on the Cincinnati Reds in a weekend series.
This is the last leg of the Rockies’ 10 game road trip.
The moneyline on this game is Cincinnati -125.
Rockies Looking to Get Back on Track
The Colorado Rockies come into play with a 48-55 record, good for last place in the National League West. The Rockies were picked at the beginning of the season by many as a Wild Card team at worst and a division winner at best. They have severely underachieved this season, and have lost nine of their last 11 games.
They are trying to build on the momentum from their come-from-behind 8-7 win on Thursday against the Washington Nationals. Colorado will send German Marquez to the mound to kick things off against the Reds. Marquez is 9-5 on the season with a 4.99 ERA.
He has struck out 133 hitters in 137 innings pitched. Marquez allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings in his last outing against the New York Yankees on Sunday. He has faced the Reds one other time in his career, earning a win after giving up one run on five hits in seven innings in 2018.
Charlie Blackmon paces the Rockies’ attack with a .319 batting average. He comes into the game Friday riding a six-game hitting streak. The power, as usual, is being handled by third baseman Nolan Arenado. Arenado has hit 22 home runs and driven in 76 runs on the season.
Reds Remain an Enigma
The Cincinnati Reds come into play with a 46-54 record despite having the sixth-best run differential in the National League. Their pitching has carried them thus far this season. To put it in context, the Reds’ run differential of +35 is eight runs better than the first place St. Louis Cardinals.
The Reds will send all-star right-hander Luis Castillo to the mound to face Colorado. Castillo has been brilliant this season. He is 9-3 with a 2.36 ERA. He has struck out 138 hitters in 118 innings pitched. His 2.36 ERA is good for second in the National League.
In his last outing, Castillo allowed one run on five hits in six innings against St. Louis Saturday, earning a no-decision. He has faced Colorado once in his career and struggled, allowing four runs, including two home runs, on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings in 2017 at Coors Field.
Shortstop Jose Iglesias continues to pace the Reds’ attack with a .282 batting average. Third baseman Eugenio Suarez has hit 27 home runs and driven in 67 runs on the season. First baseman Joey Votto has been hot over his last seven games, collecting 10 hits and seven RBI.
These two teams may have similar records, but their mindsets are completely different. The Rockies are 18.5 games out of first place, while the Reds are just eight and thinking about making a run to compete for the National League Central.
The Reds have the advantage in starting pitching Friday for sure and that is the reason they should be the pick in this one.