Rockies vs. Cubs Monday Prediction
Two teams currently headed in opposite directions will open a new series at Wrigley Field on Monday night when the Chicago Cubs host the Colorado Rockies at 7:05 p.m. ET. Will the Cubs stay hot with yet another victory?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, April 30, 2018
7:05 p.m. ET, Wrigley Field
TV: COL (ATTR); CHC (CSNC)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Cubs as a -168 favorite. As of this writing, 75% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cubs to beat the Rockies on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Rockies' Freeland coming off excellent home start
Kyle Freeland allowed just three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over seven scoreless innings for his first win of the season Tuesday against the Padres. Freeland threw 57 of his 90 pitches for strikes in the quality start, just his second of the season in five outings.
While he has yielded at least two walks in each of his five outings, he has started to work down his homer totals. After serving up four bombs in his first two starts over 11 1/3 innings, Freeland has allowed just one homer across the past 15 2/3 innings over his past three outings. Next up is a visit to Wrigley Field and a matchup with Jon Lester on Monday to kick off a two-start week.
Cubs' Lester allows just three runs in seven innings vs. Tribe
Jon Lester surrendered three runs in seven innings and was charged with a loss to the Indians on Wednesday. All three runs came on solo homers -- Brandon Guyer, Francisco Lindor and Edwin Encarnacion all took him deep. Lester allowed four hits total plus two walks while fanning four in the outing. He falls to 2-1 with a 3.29 ERA after five starts. He had allowed just one homer this year prior to today.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rockies are 4-1 in their last five games in Chicago but are just 47-97 in their last 144 road games when facing a left-handed starter.
The Cubs have won five straight games and have won four of their last five games versus a left-handed starter.
The Cubs have won 11 of Lester's last 12 starts on Monday, are 38-17 in his last 55 home outings and have won 39 of his last 58 starts overall. The Rockies, meanwhile, have dropped five of Freeland's last six starts versus a team with a winning record and have won just once in his last six outings against the National League Central.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -168