Athletics vs Rockies Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/23

Athletics vs Rockies Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/23

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rockies vs. Oakland Athletics

The Colorado Rockies visit the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. Both teams are struggling but looking to gain momentum in this matchup.

Game Overview:

  • Date: May 23, 2024
  • Time: 12:37 PM
  • Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
  • Line: OAK -125
  • Over/Under: 8.5

Team Breakdown:

Colorado Rockies:

The Rockies hold a 15-32 record, including 6-20 on the road. Ryan Feltner will be on the mound, aiming to turn around his season.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Ryan McMahon (8 HR)
  • Batting Average: Elias Diaz (.312 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Ryan McMahon (27 RBI)

Ryan Feltner, the Rockies' starting pitcher, has a 1-4 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 1.49 WHIP over 49.0 innings. His high ERA and WHIP indicate he often allows runners on base, leading to potential scoring opportunities for the Athletics.

Oakland Athletics:

The Athletics come into this game with a 20-30 record, including 11-13 at home. Joey Estes will start for Oakland, looking to find his form.

Key Players:

  • Home Runs: Brent Rooker (11 HR)
  • Batting Average: Abraham Toro (.294 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Brent Rooker (32 RBI)

Joey Estes, the Athletics' starting pitcher, has a 1-1 record, a 9.35 ERA, and a 1.62 WHIP over 8.2 innings. His limited experience and high ERA suggest he might struggle against the Rockies' hitters.

Game Odds:

Team Moneyline Total Run Line
COL (15-32) +105 o8.5 (+110) +1.5 (-215)
OAK (20-30) -125 u8.5 (-130) -1.5 (+170)

Prediction:

In this matchup, we predict that the game will go over the total of 8.5 runs. Here's why:

Both starting pitchers, Ryan Feltner and Joey Estes, have struggled significantly this season. Feltner's 5.69 ERA and Estes' 9.35 ERA indicate that both teams have a strong chance of putting up runs. Additionally, the Rockies' bullpen has been unreliable, with a team ERA of 5.34, suggesting that late-game runs are likely.

The Athletics' offense, led by Brent Rooker and Abraham Toro, has shown the ability to score, especially against weaker pitching. Similarly, the Rockies' lineup, with Elias Diaz and Ryan McMahon, can take advantage of Estes' struggles on the mound.

Given the high ERAs of the starting pitchers and the potential for both teams to capitalize on scoring opportunities, this game is likely to exceed the 8.5 run total.

Pick: Over 8.5 runs (+110)

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