Rogers' 10* Coach's Clinic
Seattle vs. Colorado,
08/03/2015 20:40 EDT,
Score: 8 - 7
Point Spread: +1½/-110 Colorado
Neither the Seattle Mariners or the Colorado Rockies are likely to make it to the post-season and their results of late have reflected that fact. Both sides have won just two of their last seven, but the Rockies are returning home from a seven-game road-swing and I expect them to be pumped up to play in front of the home-town crowd again.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Pitching - The Mariners hand the ball to Felix Hernandez (12-6, 3.02 ERA) who was lit up for seven runs on 12 hits with two homers in 6 2/3 innings of an 8-2 loss against the D'backs his last start. He has has allowed seven or more runs on three occasions this season and a first time visit to Coors Field is not an ideal spot to bounce back from a rough outing. The Rockies will counter with Eddie Butler (3-7, 4.82) who is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two outings since getting recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. This might prove to be a turning point for the 24 year old as Seattle is batting a pathetic .230 away from home for the season.
2. Home Cookin - The Rockies have won seven of their last 10 home at Coors Field and they're 6-1 in their last seven home games against a team with a losing road record.
3. X-Factor - Jose Reyes, who came over to the Rockies as part of the trade that send Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays, is 6-for-12 with a homer in previous meetings with Hernandez.
Selection: This is a play on the Colorado Rockies +1.5 (10*)