Colorado Rockies (56-97) vs. Chicago Cubs (80-74)
As MLB season nears its conclusion, attention turns to one of the Chicago Cubs’ most pivotal matchups as they host Colorado Rockies – set for Saturday, September 23, 2023, and beginning at 2:20 PM ET at Wrigley Field – when hosting Colorado. With 56-97 win/loss record and 80-74 standing in mind respectively for both teams involved – there will likely be plenty of MLB betting picks for enthusiasts to consider in this encounter.
The Colorado Rockies have had an unsatisfactory season on both ends. At bat, their offense has struggled mightily; posting only a batting average of.249 and amassing only 146 home runs to compete. Furthermore, their pitchers have registered an alarming 5.62 ERA with 1.53 WHIP figures which compounds their issues further.
Chicago Cubs fans are currently enjoying a much stronger season. Their bats have been more reliable, leading them to an impressive team batting average of.255 and total of 185 homers hit this year. Meanwhile, their pitching staff has excelled; evidenced by a 4.11 ERA and 1.28 WHIP mark.
Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 2:20 PM ET|
Chris Flexen (1-8, 7.19 ERA) vs. Marcus Stroman (10-8, 3.76 ERA)
Chris Flexen of the Rockies’ starting pitching staff has had an inauspicious season, posting a record of 1-8 and an ERA of 7.19. As such, Flexen has not provided needed stability to their rotation; pitching 91.1 innings this year with 122 hits allowed, 70 strikeouts against 34 walks allowed, and 23 homers surrendered in his 91.1 innings pitched this year alone – his weaknesses will certainly play into how bettors pick their selections for this matchup.
In contrast, Marcus Stroman, who will start for the Cubs, has had a strong season with a 10-8 record and a 3.76 ERA. The right-hander has thrown for 131.2 innings, allowing just 111 hits while striking out 115 and walking 51. Giving up only 8 home runs this season, Stroman is known for his ability to keep the ball in the park—a stark contrast to his counterpart Flexen.
MLB Odds/Point Spread: Chicago Cubs -192, Total Odds: 9
The current betting odds are favoring the Chicago Cubs with a Moneyline of -192 and a spread of -1.5. The total for the game has been set at 9 runs. Given the pitching matchups and recent performance of both teams, the Cubs are the apparent favorites to win. However, the Rockies’ +1.5 spread at -120 could be a tempting pick for those believing in an upset.
Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
The Rockies have had a difficult stretch recently, going 0-5 straight up in their last five games. Despite their overall poor performance, they are 4-2 SU in their last six matchups against the Cubs. On the road, however, Colorado has been downright miserable with an 0-8 SU record in their last eight away games. The total has gone UNDER in 8 of their last 11 games, which aligns with the poor offensive display from the Rockies.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Cubs haven’t been in top form lately either, with a 2-7 SU record in their last nine games. Despite their recent struggles, the Cubs have shown a tendency for low-scoring games, with the total going UNDER in 8 of their last 8 games against Colorado and 14 of their last 19 games at home.
Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs 9/23/23 Betting Picks
Given the current form and the starting pitching matchup, the Cubs are the better pick in this game. However, with both teams struggling to put up wins recently, the UNDER on a total of 9 runs could be a safer bet, particularly with Stroman’s solid ERA and the Rockies’ offensive struggles.
When looking for the best live betting websites, consider this matchup carefully. The Cubs, despite their recent form, are clearly the better team in this contest. For those interested in prop bets, consider wagering on the Cubs’ pitcher Marcus Stroman to have over 5 strikeouts, given his season performance.
Free Pick and Prediction: Chicago Cubs 5, Colorado Rockies 2