Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs Free Pick 05/02/18


The pitching matchup for the middle game of the series Tuesday night saw Jon Gray take the hill for the Rockies: he was scheduled to be opposed by Chicago's Kyle Hendricks. Yu Darvish once again struggled and he failed to go five innings. It was Arenado's sixth homer, but he wasn't finished.

A 359-foot shot with an exit velocity of 95.4 miles per hour, Bryant's homer just cleared the wall in left field. It was Arenado's 13th multihomer game of his career, and his five RBIs lifted his season total to 19.

"We have a lot of power, one through nine, really", Arenado said. "I guess it was kind of a special day". "I think we can throw the ball better and give us an opportunity to score first and go from there". "So that felt good".

The Colorado Rockies had dropped three straight games before Tuesday night, thanks largely in part to a lack of offensive firepower. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the previous two times were May 4, 1996 when Eric Young and Ellis Burks did it vs. Florida; and May 10, 2014 when Blackmon and Corey Dickerson pulled off the feat at Cincinnati. Chicago in a single season was in 1997 by both Dante Bichette and Larry Walker.

The Cubs played a two-game set against the Redbirds, splitting the two games. Darvish was sharp in this one, yielding just three hits and two walks while recording eight strikeouts.

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Yankees 4, Astros 0 • Luis Severino pitched a five-hit shutout, with 10 strikeouts, for his first career complete game and Giancarlo Stanton homered twice to boost visiting NY. As a team the Rockies hit a dreadful.222 which is their lowest team batting average in the franchise's 25 years in Denver. "All signs are good", manager Bud Black said. Trevor (Story) did too. In his career, Darvish is 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts against Colorado.

Of course, it was Wrigley Field in Chicago where baseballs leave the atmosphere in a hurry, but seeing the Rockies get home run production from other players other than named Charlie Blackmon was a welcomed sight.

The Cubs produced only three hits off Anderson, though two of them were moonshots. Anthony Rizzo's solo home run accounted for the lone run for the Cubs, while Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber each had base hits to round out the offense for the Cubbies in the loss, as Chicago put up just three hits as a team in the loss.

Tyler Anderson takes the mound for his seventh start of the season for the Rockies despite leaving his last outing early with shortness of breath and dizziness.

Athletics 3, Mariners 2 • James Paxton struck out a major league-high 16 in seven innings, but the Seattle bullpen blew a late lead at home.