Athletics at Rockies Betting Preview: Athletics (+110), Rockies (-120)
The A’s were held to four runs or fewer for the 12th time in their past 18 games Tuesday night when they lost their series opener to the Rockies, 3-1. Oakland fell to 3-4 on an eight-game trip that ends Wednesday afternoon.
The A’s have tried three different third basemen — Tommy La Stella, Chad Pinder and Vimael Machin — since Matt Chapman’s season-ending hip injury on Sept. 6. While the trio have hit adequately (11-for-42, .262), their run production has been un-Chapman-like (one homer, two RBIs).
Veteran right-hander Mike Fiers (5-2, 5.06 ERA) gets the ball in the series finale. He’s gone 3-1 in five road starts to date, but he found Coors Field to be a house of horrors in his only previous start there. Granted, that was eight years ago, but surely he remembers: eight runs on nine hits in two innings.
If the Rockies sneak into the playoffs this season, no doubt they’ll look back on their success against the Athletics as being critical. They clinched the season series from the American League West leader Tuesday night with a third straight win in the four-game series, snapping an overall two-game losing streak.
Colorado scored in single figures for the 26th consecutive time in Tuesday’s win. While it used to be that the Rockies had to outslug an opponent — especially at home — in order to win, that’s no longer the case. They have won nine times since Aug. 24, scoring five or fewer runs on five of those occasions.
Right-hander German Marquez (2-5, 4.35 ERA) will start Wednesday, and he is winless in his past seven outings. He has pitched well in his last two starts (four runs on 11 hits in 14 innings) without getting a decision. He has dominated the A’s in his career, winning both his starts while allowing just three runs and striking out 16 in 13 2/3 innings.
Athletics at Rockies Betting Pick for September 16, 2020
You don’t get to the top of a division that features the Houston Astros by allowing one bad effort to linger. That’s been one of the keys to Oakland’s success this season. The A’s have responded to their previous six losses not only with five wins, but five wins by a total score of 36-7. Sometimes, it’s really just as simple as that.
Athletics at Rockies Betting Pick: Athletics 6, Rockies 4
Athletics at Rockies Best Bet for September 16, 2020
Both teams experienced a rarity at Coors Field on Tuesday night — an opportunity to rest their bullpens. Two dependable starters with fresh relievers on call would seem to add up to another low-scoring affair between a pair of teams struggling on offense.
Athletics at Rockies Best Bet: UNDER 12 total runs (-110)
–Field Level Media