Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs 9/18/22 - MLB Picks & Predictions
The Chicago Cubs host the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 18 for the final game of the season between these two clubs. The Rockies’ 3-1 win Saturday tied up the season series at 3-3 after the Cubs won 2-1 Friday. They split a four-game series at Colorado in April, but you can find out how everyone is doing with our baseball previews.
Colorado is 62-82 overall and 22-48 on the road, but 79-65 overall against the run line and 36-34 against it on the road. Chicago is 62-82 overall as well and 31-42 at home. The Cubs record against the run line is 73-71 overall and 34-39 at home.
Ryan Feltner is the scheduled starter for Colorado. Feltner is 2-8 with a 6.12 earned run average over 75 innings. He has allowed 81 hits, walked 28 and struck out 68. Feltner has lost both of his September starts allowing nine hits, five walks and eight runs in eight innings. He was pulled from his last start after giving up four runs and throwing 70 pitches in just 2.2 innings.
The Cubs have Javier Assad set to take the mound. Assad is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA. He has allowed 20 hits, walked 10 and struck out 18 in 21.1 innings. Assad has started four games and made one relief appearance since joining the big club Aug. 23. Assad earned his first big-league win against the Mets in his last outing by allowing just one run in six innings.
Outfielder Yonathan Daza has been Colorado’s hottest hitter in September with a .452 bating average and a 1.145 OPS. Infielders Alan Trejo and Elehuris Montero aren’t fare behind Daza for the month. Trejo has an OPS of 1.013 for the month, while Montero is at 1.016.
The Cubs have been led by shortstop Nico Hoerner and outfielder Rafael Ortega this month. Hoerner’s OPS for September is .977, while Ortega is at .940. Ortega’s .381 average for the month leads the team. Right fielder Seiya Suzuki is tops on the team with three September home runs while hitting .304 with an .882 OPS.
With double-digit wind in the forecast, and a chance of rain, be sure to check on which way the flags are blowing at Wrigley before making your pick.
Assad has had a sub-3.00 ERA in all three stops this season. Over 14 starts and 71.2 IP in Double-A, he had a 2.51 ERA. He followed that up with seven starts, 36.2 IP and a 2.51 ERA in Triple-A. So, Assad’s success at the major-league level isn’t unexpected. He’ll likely need to be lights out to get the win in this one as the Cubs have struggled to score of late. Chicago has averaged just three runs a game over their last 10. We think the Cubs bats come to live against Feltner and Assad gets his second MLB victory. Final Score Prediction: Chicago Cubs win 6-2.