Preview: Rockies at Cubs

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GAME: Colorado Rockies (43-62) at Chicago Cubs (43-61)
DATE/TIME: Thursday, July 31 - 2:20 PM EST
WHERE: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
LINE: 181, -197 TOTAL: 8.5

While their front offices have been working overtime behind the scenes ahead of Thursday's non-waiver trading deadline, the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies have put in extra work at Wrigley Field the past two nights. After playing 26 innings while splitting the past two meetings, the teams with the two worst records in the National League wrap up their four-game set Thursday afternoon. The Rockies won 6-4 in 10 innings Wednesday, giving them a shot at salvaging a split.

The Cubs have made their share of headlines off the field lately, as they continue to deal with an eye toward the future. Chicago acquired left-hander Felix Doubrant from Boston on Wednesday and reportedly is close to moving utility man Emilio Bonifacio ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline. The Rockies have been less eager to make moves and appear poised to hang onto their coveted bullpen arms as well as stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, both of whom have been the subject of trade rumors. 

TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, CSN Chicago

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies LH Pedro Hernandez (NR) vs. Cubs RH Jake Arrieta (5-2, 2.18) 

Hernandez got the call to make a spot start after the Rockies were forced to use scheduled starter Tyler Matzek during Tuesday's 16-inning marathon. The 25-year-old Venezuelan hasn't pitched in the majors since last season with Minnesota, where he went 3-3 with a 6.83 ERA in 14 games (12 starts). Hernandez has endured a rocky campaign at Triple-A Colorado Springs, going 6-6 with a 6.14 ERA in 18 games (16 starts). 

Arrieta has recorded nine straight quality starts yet is in the midst of a four-start winless streak. The 28-year-old has emerged as the Cubs' most consistent starter, but they haven't rewarded him with much support of late and he didn't get a decision last time out despite holding the Cardinals to two runs over six innings. Arrieta has never faced the Rockies.

WALK-OFFS

1. Colorado has won only two of its last 16 road games and is 17-35 away from home, worst in the majors. 

2. The Cubs have allowed at least one run in the first inning in seven of the nine games on their current homestand and have been outscored 14-2 in the opening frame during that stretch.

3. Gonzalez sat out Wednesday as he continues to nurse right ankle and left knee injuries. 

PREDICTION: Cubs 5, Rockies 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Colorado 43-62 L2 27-28 16-34 11-16 5-15 21-22 6-9
Chi. Cubs 43-61 W1 23-26 20-35 14-14 17-30 7-11 5-6

Last Meeting

Colorado Chi. Cubs
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/28/14 COL 1 CHC 4 .200 0 .459 .286 0 .715

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
COL B. Barnes .333 1 1.167
CHC E. Bonifacio .500 2 1.250
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
COL C. Blackmon 0 1 0
CHC E. Bonifacio 0 2 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
COL 4.50 .200 8
CHC 1.00 .286 8
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
COL T. Tulowitzki .340 107 1.035
CHC A. Rizzo .283 108 .912
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
COL T. Tulowitzki 21 71 52
CHC A. Rizzo 25 71 58
Pitching ERA Avg K
COL 5.00 .282 682
CHC 3.91 .238 857

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
-120
8
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu -198 184
-115
8.5
CarbonSports -170 150
-115
8.5
GTBets.eu -196 176
-120
8.5
Top Bet -210 180
-125
8.5
SBO.ag -205 172
-120
8.5
BetDSI -205 180
-125
8.5
Sportsbook
-170
150
-115
8.5
BookMaker.eu -205 180
-125
8.5
Vegas Odds
LVH -200 180
-100
8.5
Mirage -200 170
130
8
Station -210
185
115
8
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Colorado Overall Chi. Cubs
43-62 W/L 43-61
54-51 RL W/L 53-51
52-43-10 O/U 54-45-5
4.70 Runs For 3.86
5.20 Runs Against 4.31
Colorado A/H Chi. Cubs
16-34 W/L 23-26
26-24 RL W/L 24-25
26-18-6 O/U 27-22-0
3.58 Runs For 4.00
4.68 Runs Against 4.18