By Greg Dempson
How many can recall Jason Hammel as a member of the Colorado Rockies? He pitched for the Rockies from 2009 till 2011 posting a record of 14–14. He last pitched at Coors Field as a non member of the Rockies in April of 2015 winning 9–5 allowing 3 earned in 6 innings.
Hammel is 6–0 since the All-Star break allowing 2 or less runs with an ERA of 0.95. In his most recent three starts his ERA is 0.00, WHIP of 0.850 through 20 innings allowing 10 hits, 7 walks vs. 18 strikeouts.
As for De La Rosa, the Rockies are winless in his last three starts plus he/team is also 1–5 in his last six. The Rockies have lost De La Rosa’s last three starts and five of the last six times he has taken the ball.
He allowed 4 runs in 6 innings in his last start. When facing the Cubs, (once in each of the last three years,) he/team have lost 9–8, 4–3 and 3–1, he was charged with the loses in any of those three starts. De La Rosa/team is 3–5 in his eight home starts, ERA of 5.97, WHIP of 1.746. Control has been an issue as he’s walked 25 batters in 40 innings at Coors Field.
· My last selection on the Red Sox/Tigers under in the first 5 innings lost, my Every Edge MLB record is 32–17–1 this season.
Around the Diamonds
· Home plate umpire Alan Porter is 9–4 to the over this season when a leftie faces a rightie as well as 5–2 to the over in NL games this season.
· Since 2010 home plate umpire Alan Porter is 5–1 to the over at Coors Field averaging 14.5 RPG with the over coming in at an 6–2 clip when Porter is calling balls and strikes in Rockies games.
· The two teams are 16–07 to the over in their last 23 played at Coors Field.
· Chicago’s highest run output this season is in day games as they are averaging 5.4 RPG with a record of 37–19 with an over mark of 32–22–02.
· The Rockies are on a streak of 46–28 to the over in day games at Coors Field.
· De La Rosa is 20–08 to the over vs. NL teams scoring 4.8 or more runs per game in his career.
· The Cubs are 20–10 to the over this season in road games vs. an overused bullpen that pitches more than 3.2 innings per game.
Cubs vs Rockies Pick
I have an opinion on this afternoon’s game, and that opinion is to take the Cubs/Rockies over 11.5 runs at –115.
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