The hard times continued for the Colorado Rockies in 2022, as their .420 winning percentage was the lowest in the last four seasons. Colorado hasn’t managed a winning percentage above .460 since last making the playoffs in 2017 and 2018.
The outlook may not be much better this year, as the team made no significant moves in the offseason. Hiring Hensley Meulens, who was the hitting coach of three World Series champion teams in San Francisco, for the same position in Colorado, was probably the premier headline of the offseason.
Colorado appears set on meandering through the 2023 campaign while hoping that a few of its top prospects blossom in the next few seasons. The Rockies had 14 minor league All-Stars in 2022, tied with Tampa Bay for the most in MiLB.
So while the present time appears to be bleak in Colorado, there may be hope for the future, and we could see one of the centerpieces of the youth movement make a splash this season. Shortstop Ezequiel Tovar will have his opportunity to nail down the shortstop job and show off his all-around skills.
Otherwise, the Rockies will be hoping that Kris Bryant stays healthy and C.J. Cron recaptures his first-half form of last season. Brendan Rodgers may be lost for the year with a shoulder injury, though.
Ryan McMahon can provide some respectable power, and we may witness the final season of longtime signature player Charlie Blackmon in 2023.
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Rockies Top Betting Odds 2023
Rockies MLB betting odds are current as of March 10 at 5 p.m. EST from Caesars Sportsbook.
- Win World Series: (+20000)
- Win National League pennant: (+10000)
- Win NL West title: (+15000)
- Win Total: Over 66.0 (+100) | Under 66.0 (-120)
The Rockies rank 28th in World Series odds, 12th to win the National League pennant, and fifth in NL West odds. Their projected season win total ranks 26th in MLB.
Only two teams have lower odds than Colorado (+20000) to win the World Series. There is no realistic route to competing for the NL West (+15000), considering the powerhouse teams at the top of the division.
The one wager to possibly consider is the Rockies getting past the projected win total. For that to happen, though, they will have to hit better on the road, where they averaged an MLB-low 2.99 runs per game and ranked 25th in batting average at .225.
If Bryant plays close to a full season, he will still hit for a good average and power, and Tovar can inject those elements of his game into the offense, too. A more complete season from Cron and quality production from McMahon should pave the way to a few more victories in 2023, even if Rodgers is lost for the season.
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Rockies Futures Bets 2023
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Rockies To Win Over 66.0 Games (+100) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
I don’t see getting past the projected win as much of a stretch, as Bryant is only 31 years old, Tovar can come on strong after some possible initial struggles at the plate, and Cron is capable of recapturing much of his pre-All-Star break form when he hit .298 with 21 home runs.
As SB Nation noted, McMahon overcame a rough start at third defensively with nine of his 17 errors in the first two months and played better the rest of the way. Tovar can further bolster the infield defense, even though Rodgers will be missed as a fielder.
McMahon hit 20 homers last season. Projected leadoff man Yonathan Daza hit .301 with a .282 xBA, and Blackmon was still able to hit .264 with 16 homers while Randal Grichuk hit 19.
Among starting pitchers, German Marquez had an xFIP of 4.02, Kyle Freeland had a 4.53 ERA and Jose Urena was at 5.01. Antonio Senzatela is recovering from a torn ACL.
One pitching positive from last year was 37-year-old closer Daniel Bard having a career year with 34 saves and a 1.79 ERA, but as always, it’s the hitting we will have to count on when wagering on the Rockies.
Rockies Player Prop Bets 2023
Ezequiel Tovar To Win NL Rookie Of The Year (+900) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 0.5 Units
Tovar has the third-best odds to win the award, and his stellar defense can go a long way to him contending for the honor. How much he adjusts to Major League pitching while playing regularly will be the key to him pushing for the award.
The 21-year-old has only played 80 games above High-A ball. But in 66 games at Double-A, Tovar hit .318 with 13 homers and 17 stolen bases, and he does have a favorable home park to further maximize his natural talents.
Very often, when a team believes a young player is ready for an impact, they will have him skip any extensive time at Triple-A. That will be the path for Tovar, an exciting potential star of the future for Colorado, along with outfielder Zac Veen and catcher Drew Romo.
How to Bet Rockies Moneylines
Moneyline bets are a simple way of wagering on MLB games. All you need to do is pick the winner of the game, and you’ll win your bet.
The odds are quite easy to understand, too. For example, if the Rockies are a (-200) favorite, you would have to bet $20 to win $10. If they’re a (+200) underdog, you can win $20 off a $10 bet.
These odds will change every day depending upon the Rockies’ matchup, so there’s always an opportunity for value every step of the way.
How to Bet Rockies Run Line
Run Line betting is another common way to bet on MLB games, and you’re probably already familiar with it. You may know it as how much a team is “picked by" to win.
If the Rockies are 1.5 run favorites over the Pirates, the Run Line would look something like this: Rockies -1.5 (-200) vs Pirates +1.5 (+200).
In this scenario, the Rockies would have to win by more than one run to cash your bet.
How to Bet Rockies Over/Unders
If you’re unsure about the Rockies’ moneyline or run line on a given day, you can still place a bet on the Over/Under — or total — in the matchup.
Sportsbooks will set a line for how many combined runs they project will be scored. From there, you can bet on the Over or Under.
For example, if you believe in the Rockies’ offense and think it’ll be a high-scoring game, then you’ll want to take the Over. However, if it’s supposed to be more of a pitcher’s duel, you should go with the Under.