The Houston Astros (22-28) and Colorado Rockies (20-29) will close out a four-game National League series on Thursday night at Coors Field in Denver, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:40 ET
Houston Astros at Colorado Rockies
Houston has dropped a season-high five consecutive games, dropping a 13-5 lopsided loss on the road to Colorado on Wednesday night. The Astros have now dropped six consecutive games in the Mile High City, going 26-40 all-time at Coors Field. “It seems like here the runs don’t stop,” commented Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez. “It’s an offensive battle when you’re here.” Houston is 1-3 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season.
Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris (5-1, 3.34 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 6-3 road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, with the club still winning five of his last six starts. The right-hander is 4-0 with an MLB-best 1.17 ERA in five May starts, which makes him a solid candidate to be named the National League Pitcher of the Month with a solid effort here. Norris hasn’t recorded a decision in two career starts versus the Rockies, allowing seven runs (six earned) and 10 hits over 12 innings (4.50 ERA).
Colorado has won the first three games of this series due to the offense scoring 29 combined runs, as the team was led by outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on Wednesday. He went 4 for 5 on the night and registered his first-career three home run game. “All I’ve been doing is trying to put good swings on the ball,” stated Gonzalez after the game. Colorado is still just 9-18 in May, while posting a 3-5 mark at home with a money line of -100 to -125.
Rockies starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (2-3, 5.31 ERA) has dropped consecutive starts in allowing 12 runs (eight earned) and 17 hits over 11 combined innings against the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds. The right-hander has compiled an 0-2 record and 9.92 ERA in three home starts, as opposing hitters are batting .352 against him in that situation. In two career games versus the Astros, Guthrie is 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA, including a 5-3 road win on April 6.
Bettors will likely back the Rockies due to their 5-2 mark in their last seven games, while the Astros are 2-7 in Norris’ last nine road starts versus losing teams.
Pick: Colorado Rockies -111
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