MLB Odds: Rockies’ horror road show
By: Jimmy Sirody
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The Colorado Rockies are a dismal 25-40 away from Coors Field.
The Colorado Rockies
begin what will likely be their most important road trip of the season Monday night at San Francisco. It's been a Rockies' horror show on the road this season for Jim Tracy's crew. Colorado is 25-40 away from the friendly confines of Coors Field, the worst record by far of any playoff contender.
The Rockies' next six games come against the two teams ahead of them in the National League West standings. They aren't likely to catch San Diego, barring another magical September run, but they trail San Francisco by just three-games in the wild-card chase.
Colorado has won seven of its last 10 against the Giants, but it has come up short in nine of 13 at AT&T Park.
San Francisco has won 10 of its last 14 at home against winning teams and 11 of 15 versus clubs with a road winning percentage of less than .400, despite dropping two straight to Arizona last weekend.
San Diego looks to stretch its lead in the NL West standings when it travels to Arizona on Monday for a three-game series with a suddenly spunky Diamonbacks team that has gone 11-11 since Aug. 5.
The Padres have won nine of 12 against Arizona, but are just 33-70 at Chase Field.
Cincinnati and St. Louis meet this weekend at Busch Stadium in a battle for the top spot in the NL-Central. Both teams must avoid looking ahead. That is especially true with the Cardinals, who open the week with a three-game series in Houston.
The Astros have been one of the hottest teams in the league recently, winning six of seven prior to Sunday. They have also won 11 of their last 15 at Minute Maid Park and 10 of 14 versus NL-Central foes.
St. Louis has come up short in seven of their last 10 against Houston.
The Reds close out a six-game stand at the Great American Ballpark against Milwaukee, a team they have beaten like a big bass drum. Cincinnati has won four of five versus the Brewers at home and eight of the last nine meetings overall.
Philadelphia, still nipping at the heels of the Atlanta Braves in the East, finishes its West Coast swing at Dodger Stadium. The Phillies have won five of their last six against Los Angeles.
Atlanta begins the week against the New York Mets at Turner Field. The Braves are 52-24 versus the Mets at home and they have won five of the last seven meetings this season. Don't expect many offensive fireworks, as 12 of the last 13 series scuffles have ended on the low side.
The Toronto Blue Jays aren't going to be playing in the postseason, but they will be a major factor in determining the final standings in the AL-East.
The slugging Jays still have six games remaining against the Tampa Bay Rays - beginning Monday at Tropicana Field - six games against the New York Yankees and three showdowns with the Boston Red Sox.
Toronto has won its last four against the Rays, though it hasn't had much luck in St. Pete, dropping 21 of 26.
New York returns to the Bronx for its next 10 games, starting with a series against Oakland. The A's pitching staff has been the best in baseball this month, turning in a quality start in 19 of the past 20 games.
The Yankees have dominated against Oakland, winning 19 of 26 overall and eight of nine at home.