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MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies
September 23, 2023
The Colorado Rockies will square off against the Chicago Cubs in game two of their three-game series. Can the Cubs make a final push for the playoffs or will the Rockies mess up their plans?
Date: Game 2 on September 23, 2023 at 2:20 PM ET
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Colorado Rockies Betting Preview
The Rockies continue to show their struggles as the season is nearing a close. They had bad losses against the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants recently, which will likely show up again as they have been playing bad baseball.
Their performance at the plate is good, flaunting an impressive .249 batting average and a robust slugging percentage of .400. This allows them to stay competitive against less formidable pitching teams.
In contrast, their opponents maintain a batting average of .286, and their own ERA sits at 5.62. To stand out, they would require a pitching miracle to create a noticeable separation, which appears unlikely.
Their reliable knack for getting runners on base remains steady, as evidenced by a commendable on-base percentage of .311. Unfortunately, they do not outperform the Cubs in any significant aspect on paper.
Chicago Cubs Betting Preview
The Cubs are within a handful of games for a wild card spot, but have not been playing well enough to close that gap. They must win every game from here on out to have the best chance at the playoffs.
The team currently boasts a batting average of .255 and a slugging percentage of .421, which is quite promising. While they hold an advantage over the Rockies, maintaining consistency is crucial for their victory.
Defensively, they have effectively held opposing teams to a respectable .245 batting average and upheld a solid ERA of 4.11, surpassing the Rockies in this regard. They cannot afford any off-days on the mound, a scenario unlikely in this specific matchup.
Moreover, their on-base percentage shines at .330, suggesting more opportunities to get runners on base compared to the Rockies. While offense remains crucial, a strong pitching performance always strengthens their prospects.
Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick
MyBookie's most recent odds indicate that the Chicago Cubs hold a moderate advantage in game two. After examining market analysis, it becomes evident that there is a 73.6 percent likelihood of the Cubs emerging victorious in this matchup.
Colorado Rockies: +170
Chicago Cubs: -205
The Rockies are one of the worst teams in the league for good reason, they are terrible on the mound. While their offense can spike at teams in their favor, it will likely not happen in this case. Look for the Cubs to add another much needed victory and improve their chances at the playoffs.
Spooky Express Pick: Take the Chicago Cubs to Win at -205
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