Rockies Off To Terrific Start
The Colorado Rockies are off to a terrific start in 2020, and their starting pitching has led the way for a change.
Colorado entered Saturday with a record of 10-3, which put them in first place in the National League West.
It’s not only sports betting in the state that has got off to a good start. The Rockies have won six of their previous seven games, and have already won four series so far during the 2020 campaign. Coors Field has once again been great to the Rockies, but their starting pitching and offense have been solid on the road as well.
Colorado entered play on Saturday with a team ERA of just 3.10. That puts them in sixth place among all teams in Major League Baseball, and they have also racked up eight quality starts through their first 13 games.
The Rockies are hitting .268 as a team so far this season, which is the second-best batting average in the league. They have scored 72 runs through their first 13 games, fifth-most in the league.
Charlie Blackmon has been on an absolute tear to start the season, leading the team with a .423 batting average. Blackmon has also driven in 15 runs to lead the way for the offense.
FanDuel Sportsbook Likes Rockies’ Chances
FanDuel Sportsbook has slashed the betting odds for the Colorado Rockies to win the National League West Division with their hot start. The Rockies were expected to be a playoff contender this season, but they are playing much better than expected.
FanDuel currently has the Rockies at +500 to win the NL West, which is behind the Dodgers at -370. The San Diego Padres are third on the list with odds currently set at +600.
The Rockies aren’t given much of a chance to win the National League pennant this season, according to FanDuel, and they are actually below the Padres in that category. FanDuel lists the Rockies at +2000 to win the National League, which puts them 10th on the list of NL teams.
Castellani Makes MLB Debut
Ryan Castellani was set to make his Major League debut for the Rockies on Saturday night against the Seattle Mariners. The Rockies have struggled to develop pitchers over the last few years, but they believe Castellani could be a mainstay in their rotation for years to come.
Castellani was selected by the Rockies in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft and has been in the minor leagues since that time. The right-hander attended Brophy Prep High School in Arizona, before being selected by the Rockies.
MLB Pipeline ranks Castellani as the No. 18 prospect in the organization, but the Rockies hope he can be a solid starting pitcher. The Rockies have been keeping a close eye on Castellani since a strong showing in Spring Training and Summer Camp.
Castellani will take the place of Chi Chi Gonzalez, who was placed on the injured list on Friday. Gonzalez has right biceps tendonitis, and it is unclear how much time he will miss with the injury.
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