The Colorado Rockies are sitting in the cellar of the NL West and don’t have much to look forward to for the rest of the season. But while the season is cooked for Colorado, it’s just starting to heat up for sports bettors that were in on the Rockies’ win total bets before the games got underway this year.
Most sportsbooks had the win total set at 68.5 in spring training. The Rockies are currently at 61 wins with 21 games remaining. Can the Rocks pull off eight wins down the stretch to hit the over?
Rockies on a Roll?
Colorado has been hot lately (by Rockies standards) and has rattled off five wins in the last eight games. It has scored 53 runs in that span for a 6.6 run per game average.
C.J. Cron, the team’s lone bright spot on offense this year, has been leading the way. He has four home runs and 10 RBIs since Sept. 4, and has put together a stellar season with a .266/.323/.490 slash line. He also leads the team in home runs (28) and RBIs (96) this year.
Colorado’s Remaining Schedule
The Rockies would have to have a .380 winning percentage for the rest of the season to knock off eight more wins and hit the Over. They have a .433 winning percentage on the year, so the eight wins should be no problem, right? Not so fast.
On Tuesday, Colorado opens up a five-game set against the Cubs, which is a good way to start. The Cubs have played worse than the Rockies this year, so Colorado will have to make hay while it can. After the Chicago series, things get hairy.
The remainder of the season will be played against divisional foes and finish off with SIX straight on the road against the world-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. In between the Cubs and Dodgers, Colorado will face San Francisco seven times and San Diego thrice.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. The Giants have underperformed this year and will likely be playing some of their prospects to get a glimpse of the future. As for the Dodgers, their season has been wrapped for months, so you’d expect them to take their foot off the gas for the last week of the season to rest up for the playoff run.
As long as Colorado can win the Chicago series (three minimum), they’ll only need five more wins. Is three against the Giants, one against the Padres, and one against the Dodgers too much to ask? We don’t think so.
Prediction: Rockies finish 70-92 to hit the Over.
World Series Odds
You’ll have to wait a while for any Rockies’ futures bets, but now’s the perfect time to pick your horse for the Fall Classic.
|New York Mets||+500||+500||+500||+475|
|New York Yankees||+600||+550||+500||+500|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+1700||+1400||+1500||+1800|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1800||+2200||+2000||+2000|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+2800||+2800||+3000||+3000|