#957 Denver Rockiesvs.#958 Cincinnati Reds
Friday, May 5 2017, at 7:10pm EDT
Written by David Hess
Colorado Rockies (25-15 SU, 23-17 RL, 17-23-0 O/U) vs Cincinnati Reds (19-20 SU, 22-17 RL, 22-15-2 O/U)
When: 7:10 PM EDT, Friday, May 19, 2017
Where: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio
Lines: Colorado -105/ Cincinnati -105
The National League West meets the National League Central on Friday evening as the Colorado Rockies battle it out with the Cincinnati Reds in game one of their three-game series from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Rockies are off a doubleheader on Thursday, while the Reds are coming back home off a seven-game road trip. The over is 4-1 the last five games in this series. Pitching Probables: Tyler Anderson vs Lisalverto Bonilla.
The Colorado Rockies are one of the surprise teams in the early part of the season as they are now 10 games over .500 after taking game one of their series against the Twins on the road. Game two was rained out, but the teams will be making that one up on Thursday in a doubleheader. The Rockies have gone a strong 12-5 on the road this year and they currently lead the National League West by two games over the Diamondbacks. The Rockies will always have a good offense, but the reason for their start has been their pitching, which has been far better than the last few years. If that pitching holds up, then this team has a great shot at staying atop the NL West standings this year. Getting the nod for the Rockies in this one will be Tyler Anderson and he has gone 2-4 with a 6.43 ERA in eight starts on the year, including 1-2 with a 7.78 ERA in four starts on the road. Anderson has gone 1-6 with a 5.78 ERA in 11 career starts on the road. This will be his first-ever start against the Reds.
Colorado has been a bit above average on offense this year so far as they come in ranked 10th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.85 rpg, while also ranking 9th in hitting at .261 and 12th in homers with 51. On the mound they have been a bit below average so far as they come in ranked 19th in the league in ERA at 4.31, while also ranking 10th in WHIP at 1.29.
The Cincinnati Reds come home off a seven-game road trip after taking game one of that trip in San Francisco, they have since lost the next five of the trip. They still have a game in Chicago on Thursday afternoon and so their trip could get even worse. The Reds have been a very good offensive team this year, but that offense struggled on the strip as they averaged just 3.17 rpg in the first six games of the trip. The Reds have now gone just 7-10 on the road, while here at home they have gone 12-10 so far, They hope to get their offense back on track and that is a good possibility as Anderson has struggled on the road in his career and the Reds have averaged 5.18 rpg at home so far. Taking the hill for the Reds in this one will be Lisalverto Bonilla and he is 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA in two games one start this year. In his lone start, he allowed three ERs on six hits in 8.0 innings of work in a 3-1 loss to the Giants on the road. Bonilla is now 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA in four career starts and will be facing the Rockies for the first time.
Cincinnati has been a solid offensive team this year so far as they come in ranked 8th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.90 rpg, while also ranking 6th in hitting at .262 and 13th in homers with 49. On the mound, they have been poor so far as they come in ranked 23rd in the league in ERA at 4.41, while also ranking 14th in WHIP at 1.31.
The Rockies come into this game off a doubleheader on Thursday and they could be a bit tired for this game. The Reds are home off a seven-game road trip and they have played well at home, where they have gone 12-10 on the year. The Reds will be sending out Lisalverto Bonilla and he had a strong lone start of the year, despite the fact he lost the game. He is 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA in his career as a starter, while Tyler Anderson has been this year and is 1-6 with a 5.78 ERA in 11 career starts on the road. The Reds have an offense that can take advantage of that and they should be the fresher team here, so I will be on the side of Cincinnati in this one.
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