Bobby Dalton is 2-0 in the NBA Playoffs with a pair of Game 1 winners, including last night’s big upset with Portland.
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Free Pick Wednesday – 971/972 UNDER 12.5 Houston Astros (Valdez) at Colorado Rockies (Castellani) 7:40 PM CT
Coor’s Field brings very high totals but Framber Valdez has been an appealing option on the mound for the Astros. He filled a vital role for Houston last season as a spot starter and long reliever and so far in 2020 has a 1.90 ERA in nearly 24 innings. His strikeout-to-walk numbers are excellent and he has kept the ball in the ballpark while featuring a great groundball rate. The Rockies have cooled off from a hot start to the season with losses in five of the last six games and have scored just 18 runs over the past five games combined. In two games in Houston Colorado managed only two combined runs and over 20 innings these teams combined for just six total runs the past two days. Colorado has positive splits vs. left-handers but overall the Rockies have just a .677 team OPS in the past six games. After a slow start the Astros have climbed back to AL contention but it has been with pitching, not with the star-studded offense. Houston has won six straight games, including the past four by a single run. The Astros have allowed only seven runs combined in those six games, winning each of the past four games despite only scoring a total of nine runs. On the season Houston has a team OPS of only .657 vs. right-handers and they have hit more home runs vs. lefties this season despite 279 fewer at bats. Ryan Castellani is making his third MLB start and he is an unlikely candidate to be in the rotation after a rough season at AAA in 2019. That was a short injury-riddled campaign however and the 2014 2nd round pick has high-ceiling stuff. So far in 2020 his ERA is 1.04 with a 10.4 K/9. He has been very fortunate so far as that isn’t a sustainable pace but he could still provide an effective start against a Houston lineup that shockingly has a worse team wOBA than the Royals and Giants. The ‘under’ is 13-9-1 in Rockies games this season and the move to Denver has brought a four-run swing from yesterday’s game that finished 2-1 in 11 innings with no runs scored until the 10th inning. Both teams have great bullpen numbers in the past handful of games including a 0.59 ERA for Houston and the great starting efforts so far in this series leaves most top relief options available today.