Oddsmakers have set the total for August 16th Rangers at Rockies betting at 12. That’s a common number for a game at Coors Field, but this series has been low scoring so far this weekend with Texas winning 3-2 and 6-4 thus far. Despite dropping three in a row, Colorado is a -133 favorite. The Rangers are listed at +122.
Sunday’s meeting would seem to be another low scoring affair, on paper at least. Jon Gray (0-2, 6.41 ERA) has already pitched well vs. the Rangers this season and Kolby Allard (0-0, 1.00 ERA) is coming off a 2-hit performance.
Texas on a Nice Run
There’s good value on the Rangers on Sunday afternoon as they are riding a 4-game win streak. That includes two victories over the Rockies at Coors Field this weekend. The Rangers have scored 9 runs in the two games, much better than the five total scored in dropping two of three to Colorado to begin the season.
Texas pitchers have done a nice job of slowing down Colorado batters this weekend. The Rockies had just two hits on Friday and had only two runs up until the 8th inning on Saturday.
There’s a good chance that pitching mastery continues in August 16th Rangers at Rockies betting with Allard on the bump. The left-hander has allowed just one ER and four total hits in two starts this season (9.0 IP). No Rockies players have more than one AB against the Texas starter as he made one start against Colorado in 2018 as a member of the Braves.
Colorado Offense to Sputter Again?
The Rockies have lost 5 of their last 6 and have fallen out of first place in the NL West. Their offense has struggled this weekend vs. Texas, especially Nolan Arenado who is 0-7. Charlie Blackmon is also just 1-8 and the Rockies haven’t hit a home run despite playing at Coors Field.
Colorado did take two of three from Texas in the first series of the season but still scored just 8 total runs. Blackmon, Trevor Story, and Chris Owings all have hits in their only appearance vs. Allard but that was two years ago.
Gray gets the start for Colorado, trying to regain his confidence. The right-hander was rocked for 8 ER in just 3.1 IP last Monday against Arizona. That game was at Coors Field giving the hitters an advantage, but Gray has allowed 11 ER in his last 9.1 IP at home. Texas batters have hit .326 (14-43) vs. Gray.
August 16th Rangers at Rockies Betting Pick
The total is up there at 12 today and it’s conceivable that Gray could get rattled at Coors Field yet again. The Rangers have gone 3-2 vs. Colorado this season and have good value as +122 underdogs. Allard has been solid for Texas, but the sample size of two starts isn’t much.
Either way, it’s hard to back Colorado at a price of -133, which is actually down from -149. The best play with the Rockies struggling offense is the ‘under.’ The two teams combined for just 13 total runs in the three game series in Texas and have scored only 15 combined in the two meetings at Coors this weekend.
Free Pick: Texas at Colorado ‘under’ 12