Astros vs Rockies Prediction MLB Experts Picks 7/5

Astros vs Rockies Prediction MLB Experts Picks 7/5

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MLB Predictions: Astros vs. Rockies 

Introduction

In an exciting MLB matchup on July 5, 2023, the Houston Astros will face off against the Colorado Rockies at Minute Maid Park. With both teams looking to secure a victory, baseball fans are in for an action-packed game. In this comprehensive preview, we will analyze the pitching and hitting performances of both teams, evaluate the injury reports, and make a prediction on the outcome of the game.

 

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies come into this game with a disappointing record of 33-54, including a poor away record of 13-30. Their pitching staff has struggled, posting an elevated team ERA of 5.82, which ranks among the highest in the league. Starting pitcher Chase Anderson (0-3, 6.50 ERA) will take the mound for the Rockies. Anderson has struggled with consistency this season, and his high ERA indicates the challenges he has faced.

Offensively, the Rockies have shown some power with 75 home runs on the season. Ryan McMahon leads the team in home runs with 13, providing a consistent threat in the lineup. However, their batting average of .257 is mediocre, and they will need to improve their hitting performance to compete against the formidable Astros pitching staff.

Injury Report

The Rockies will be missing key players such as Ryan Rolison, Daniel Cope, Charlie Blackmon, Matt Carasiti, and Brendan Rodgers. These absences will undoubtedly impact the team's performance.

 

Houston Astros

The Houston Astros enter this game with a solid 48-38 record, including a strong home record of 23-19. Their pitching staff has been more reliable, posting a team ERA of 3.64, indicating their ability to limit opponents' scoring opportunities. J.P. France (3-3, 3.13 ERA) will be the starting pitcher for the Astros. France has been a consistent performer and has shown good command on the mound.

Offensively, the Astros have been potent, hitting 102 home runs this season. Yordan Alvarez leads the team with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs, providing a significant source of power in the lineup. Additionally, the team boasts a batting average of .249, which, although not exceptional, is higher than that of the Rockies.

Injury Report

The Astros will be without the services of Jose Urquidy, Michael Brantley, Framber Valdez, Jeremy Pena, and Jose Altuve due to various injuries. These absences will be a blow to the team, but they have shown resilience in the face of adversity.

 

Prediction

After analyzing both teams' performances, the Houston Astros are favored to win this game. They have a stronger overall record, better pitching staff, and more potent offense. The absence of key players on both sides could impact the final outcome, but the Astros have shown depth in their roster and have overcome similar challenges in the past.

Moreover, considering the pitching performances and the offensive capabilities of both teams, we predict that the total runs scored will go over 9.5. The Astros have a lineup that can generate runs, and the Rockies' struggling pitching staff is likely to allow some scoring opportunities.

Fans looking to make MLB picks for today's game should consider betting on the Houston Astros to win and the total runs going over 9.5.

Don't miss the action and be sure to tune in to the game on ESPN+ to witness this exciting matchup between the Astros and Rockies.

 

Pick: Astros -1.5 and over 9.5 runs

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