MLB Betting Guide: Tuesday 4/19/22
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Rockies Moneyline (+120): 2-Star Rating Out of 5
Well, we got a pitcher's duel last night at Coors -- just like everyone expected in a game with an 11.0-run total. The Colorado Rockies won it to continue their hot start, moving them to 7-3 on the campaign.
We project them to keep rolling tonight.
Freeland posted a respectable 4.44 SIERA last year, and he tamed Coors a bit with a 4.14 xFIP at home. He does it by keeping the ball on the ground, inducing a 48.7% ground-ball rate since the start of 2020. While the Phils have some high-octane bats, two of the most potent -- Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber -- are left-handed. In lefty-lefty matchups in 2021, Freeland permitted just a 22.5% hard-hit rate and 26.2% fly-ball rate.
Gibson is off to a scorching start so far this year, fanning 16 in 11 2/3 innings. He also does a good job preventing fly-balls, but he will have his work cut out for him against a Rockies lineup that leads baseball in wOBA (.358) in the early going. Colorado also boasts the ninth-lowest strikeout rate (20.6%).
Our model gives the underdog Rockies win odds of 51.4%, and we rate taking Colorado on the moneyline as a two-star bet.
Over 8.5 (-104): 3-Star Rating Out of 5
This 8.5-run over/under isn't high enough, according to our numbers.
Archer has always been able to miss bats, but he's allowing more walks and hard contact with each passing year. Since 2019, he's recorded a 10.1% walk rate while giving up a 39.3% hard-hit rate and 42.0% fly-ball rate across 143 frames. Unsurprisingly, he's surrendered an ugly 1.76 dingers per nine in that span.
Hernandez has bounced between the rotation and bullpen in his MLB career. Usually, being a reliever boosts a pitcher's strikeout rate, but Hernandez's strikeout rate is still only 19.8% in 104 2/3 career innings. He's got an 11.0% walk rate for his career and was tagged for four earned runs in 4 1/3 frames in his 2022 season debut.
Neither of these offenses are elite, but our algorithm expects them to produce today. We have Minnesota winning 5.02-4.91. That's 9.93 total runs, and we give the over a 62.1% chance to cash and rate it as a three-star wager.