Colorado (Chatwood) +165 at Chicago (Lester) O/U 9
This is not the greatest pitching matchup from a Colorado perspective but the plus price is too good to pass up. The red hot and surging Rockies are an outstanding 38-23 including 21-10 on the road. Tyler Chatwood has had some rough patches this season but he’s also notched three consecutive strong starts on the road allowing just three runs over 20 IP. All told, he owns a 2.68 ERA on the highway. Chatwood is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA against the Cubs in his career and he pitched a 7-inning shutout against this lineup last season right here at Wrigley Field. I think Chatwood and the strong Colorado bullpen behind him have a chance to neutralize the Cubs' lineup in tonight’s series opener. On the flip side, veteran lefty Jon Lester takes the mound for Chicago and his current form over his last three starts is mediocre at best with a 4.92 ERA. He's surrendered 9 runs in his last 9.1 innings of work and has allowed at least one home run in each of his last two trips to the mound. Colorado has won four straight games entering tonight’s contest including a dominant two-game home sweep over last year’s AL champions Cleveland by a combined score of 19-4. We have an extremely live dog at a great price worth supporting!