By: Jack O’Keefe
I had a hunch we would be in for a low scoring game with the Rockies coming out on top. We received just that Tuesday night, as the Rockies defeated the A’s 3-1. This win is big, it helps keep the Rockies in postseason contention, and they knocked off a team that will be in the playoffs on the American League side. German Marquez will get the start this afternoon for the Rockies. Mike Fiers gets the ball for the A’s. What can we expect from the Wednesday matinee between these two teams? Read below to find out!
Money Line: OAK +102, COL -122
Run Line: OAK +1.5 (-165), COL -1.5 (+145)
Total: 11.5 (O -110, U -110)
First Pitch: 2:10 PM CST, Coors Field, Denver, CO
Colorado Rockies (22-25)
Antonio Senzatela brought his ace type stuff to the mound on Tuesday night. What seems to be a rarity these days in baseball, Senzatela went the distance against the Athletics, pitching a complete game. It was just the first career complete game in his young career, and it was the first complete game by a Rockies pitcher since German Marquez back in April 2019. It was the first complete game by a Rockies pitcher at home since Jon Gray accomplished that feat back in September 2016. Senzatelaonly allowed one run to come across in the second inning for the Athletics. The A’s were able to generate six hits off the right-hander, but they could not string together any runs. With this fine pitching performance, Senzatela has lowered his ERA to 3.30 on the season. The Rockies did not generate a ton of offense behind Senzatela, but they were able to collect just enough runs to get the win. The longtime backup catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Elias Diaz, smashed a two-run homerun in the fifth inning, to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead. Josh Fuentes added an RBI to his season total with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, giving the Rockies a 3-1 lead. While Fuentes is not an “everyday guy”, he has taken advantage recently when plugged in the lineup. Over the last seven days, he has a .316 batting average, which has helped to serve as a spark plug in the Rockies lineup. This was a “must need” type of victory for the Rockies. The Rockies are only one game behind the San Francisco Giants, a team that currently resides as the eighth seed in the National League postseason seedings. German Marquez gets the start on Wednesday for the Rockies, where he will look to continue his strong September pitching performances. In his previous outing against the Angels, Marquez went seven innings, allowed six hits, two earned runs and struck out five Angels on the way to a Rockies victory. Marquez has struggled at home this season, as is indicative with his 1-3 record and 6.03 ERA. Marquez picked up a win earlier this season against the Athletics, a game he won on the road. The Rockies have a record of 2-3 on games started by Marquez at home this season.
Oakland Athletics (30-19)
It might be a safe assumption to make that the A’s are a little tired perhaps right now. Since last Tuesday, the A’s have played 10 games in a seven-day period. Even the best of teams will have a clunker offensively after enduring so much action in a short period. Tuesday night was the third city in three days that the A’s played in, after going from Arlington to Seattle for a quick twin bill on Monday night. In addition, the Rockies just seem to have their number. The A’s are winless in their last six contests against Colorado, dating back to 2018. I am not looking for excuses for their 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position last night. I do think with all the traveling they have endured; we can toss them a bone here. Tony Kemp got the lone run on the board for the A’s last night on a sacrifice fly in the second inning, which drove in Jake Lamb. Robbie Grossman, Matt Olson and Mark Canha were a combined 0-12 at the plate last night. Anytime your 3-4-5 batters in the lineup are held hitless, you are almost destined to the loser’s circle. Sean Manaea pitched well for the most part last night against the Rockies. He went 5.2 innings, allowed seven hits, three earned runs and struck out seven Rockies on the night. Jake Lamb picked up another hit and walk last night, which is nice to see him coming along (.429 batting average in Oakland). Mike Fiers gets the start for the A’s on Wednesday. Fiers last pitched against the Rangers on Friday, where he went six innings, allowed six hits, four earned runs and struck out five batters. Fiers has been better on the road this season than at home for the A’s. His road ERA on the 2020 campaign stands at 4.23 with a solid 3-1 record as well. The A’s have a record of 7-2 on games started by Fiers this season. They would love for nothing more than to pick up a win over Colorado, and then head back to the bay to recharge the batteries.
Analysis and Prediction:
While I would love to see the A’s bounce back after a loss like they had last night, I am just not confident that will happen. It seems like they are running on fumes right now. The Rockies have not been putting up gaudy numbers offensively lately, even at Coors Field. The total has gone under for four out of the last five games for the Rockies. Taking it one-step further, the Rockies and A’s have seen the under hit in seven out of their last eight contests. I think we are going to see another fairly lowscoring performance this afternoon as well. I am going to go with the U11.5 runs (-110) as my best bet for this afternoon.
Jack’s 2020 MLB picks: (22-16; all picks are one unit) A $100 bettor has a profit of $237