Texas (65-47) at Colorado (55-56)
When: Monday, August 8th 2016
Where: Coors Field, Denver, CO
Time: 8:40 ET | TV: FSN Southwest, ROOT Colorado
The Texas Rangers look to continue their hot play when they start a home-and-home four-game series with the Colorado Rockies on Monday. Texas stumbled out of the gate after the All-Star Break seeing their AL West lead slip to 2.5 games before winning six of their last nine games. They now lead the Seattle Mariners by seven games after winning two of three in Houston over the weekend. The Rockies were eight games below .500 following the Break but have trimmed their deficits in the National League West to eight games after trailing by 16 to begin the second half. They have also trimmed their Wild Card deficit to four games by winning 15 of their last 23. Colorado stumbled a bit over the weekend dropping two of three to the Miami Marlins who hold the NL’s second wild-card spot. Colorado OF David Dahl hit in his 13th consecutive game Sunday, giving him the second-longest streak by a Rockies player to start a career (Juan Pierre, 16-game run in 2000). Rangers RF Carlos Beltran (left quad contusion) was out of the starting lineup Sunday but appeared as a pinch-hitter and is considered day-to-day.
Pitchers: Rangers – Cole Hamels (12-3, 2.89 ERA) | Rockies – Tyler Anderson (4-3, 3.25)
Cole Hamels is one of 180 opposing pitchers who have made at least five career starts at Coors Field and one of only 14 who have a sub-4.00 ERA there (3.94). Hamels is 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break following Wednesday’s loss at Baltimore in which he allowed three runs on four hits and four walks over seven innings. The rough road outing was a rare one for Hamels who is 8-2 with a 1.90 ERA in 12 road starts this season. Hamels split his two starts versus the Rockies last season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and is 4-4 lifetime with a 3.21 ERA against them.
Tyler Anderson will make his 11th start this season and has won four straight decisions after holding the Dodgers to two runs over seven innings last week. Anderson has been very solid at Coors this year posting a 4-1 record and 3.32 ERA while allowing only three home runs in seven home starts.
Texas seems to have turned things around after really slumping right before and after the All-Star Break. Hamels is not intimidated by Coors Field and should have a solid outing. The Rangers hit lefties much better than righties and I expect them to score enough to support Hamels in another road victory.
Pick: Rangers -120