It’s time to rejoice as the 2022 MLB season is a full-go with the lockout now behind us. With baseball being back in our lives, now is the time to place some wagers on teams for the upcoming season.
For the Colorado Rockies, they’ll be looking to build upon last season’s 74-87 record and fourth-place finish in the NL West.
Losing has become a common theme for the Rockies in recent years, and it’s tough to envision a scenario where it isn’t more of the same in 2022. While the likes of Charlie Blackmon, Brendan Rodgers, C.J. Cron, and Elias Diaz are still in Colorado, Trevor Story is now a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Even though the Rockies aren’t considered contenders in the NL, they went ahead and surprisingly signed Kris Bryant to a megadeal to give them a much-needed boost to their lineup.
Given the current state of the organization, how well will the Rockies perform in 2022?
Rockies Top Betting Odds 2022
Colorado Rockies MLB betting odds are current as of Thursday, March 24, at FOX Bet Sportsbook.
- World Series Winners (+12000)
- Win National League pennant (+6000)
- Win National League West title: (+6600)
- 2022 Win Total Over/Under: 69.5 (-110)
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the Rockies are near the bottom in World Series odds. Only three teams are being given a worse chance to win the World Series this season, and just two teams have worse odds to secure the National League pennant.
Amid the uncertainty surrounding the Rockies, it doesn’t help that they play in a competitive division like the NL West that features the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and San Diego Padres. With expectations certainly low on Colorado, the Over/Under for their win total in 2022 is set at 69.5.
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As someone who doesn’t like to burn money, I wouldn’t suggest you wager on the Rockies to win the National League, let alone the World Series. I also wouldn’t place any bets on Colorado to emerge from the NL West as it would take a miracle for them to escape their own division.
However, I am intrigued on betting the Rockies to hit the Over on their win total, even if it’s by a slim margin.
Rockies Futures Bets 2022
Rockies OVER 69.5 Wins (-110) at FOX Bet Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Despite the struggles that the Rockies will likely endure in 2022, I can see a situation where they finish with around 70-72 wins, which would be enough to hit the Over on their projected win total. Being able to play in a hitter-friendly park like Coors Field tends to lead to some surprising wins for the Rockies, as evidenced by their 74 wins in 2021.
Over the past 10 full seasons that Colorado has played, they’ve achieved 70+ wins in seven of them. And throughout the team’s 29-year history, the Rockies have won fewer than 70 games only seven times when a full season was played.
The addition of Bryant to the lineup certainly helps as the former MVP should inject a jolt of life into Colorado’s mediocre roster. You can argue that this Rockies squad is one of the worst in franchise history, but there’s a chance they still exceed expectations.
The Rockies have won at least 42 home games in every full season since 2016. If we can get 40-ish home victories from Colorado in 2022, all we need for them to do is win 30 games on the road to reach their win total and cash our MLB bet of the day.
Divisional Trifecta (NL West): LA/SF/COL (+2000) at Betway
WAGER: 0.25 Units
On Betway, they have a futures tab labeled “Divisional Trifecta," where you can choose the top-three teams from each division in the order you think they’ll finish. While the NL West is going to be a tough division to win, the Rockies could find themselves sneaking into the third spot.
The Dodgers added Freddie Freeman to an already imposing lineup, making them the favorites to win the division. The Giants led all of MLB in wins last season with 107, and shouldn’t go overlooked as they continue to find ways to win games with a well-balanced roster.
Fernando Tatis Jr. is going to miss a decent amount of time for the Padres, though, and San Diego has uncertainty surrounding their bullpen entering the season.
You can place a bet on the Dodgers to finish first in the NL West, the Giants to finish second, and the Rockies to place in third at +2000 odds on Betway. With the addition of Bryant, this is something I’d throw a couple of dollars at just for fun.
Rockies Player Prop Bets 2022
German Marquez OVER 180.5 Total Strikeouts (-110) at Betway
WAGER: 1 Unit
It goes without saying that German Marquez is the Rockies’ best starting pitcher entering the 2022 season. Marquez has earned 11+ wins in four of his six seasons in Colorado, and he’s coming off a year where he won 12 of his 32 starts.
The 27-year-old pitcher tossed 180 innings in 2021 and it marked the first time he’s thrown 180+ innings since 2018. 2018 was a remarkable season for Marquez, when he recorded a career-best 230 strikeouts and a phenomenal 12.5% swinging strike percentage.
While it’s tough to expect 230 strikeouts from Marquez again, we only need him to get 181 in 2022. The good news is that Marquez’s swinging strike percentage has remained at or above 12% since 2018. The not-so-good news is that he hasn’t had more than 176 strikeouts since then.
As long as Marquez remains healthy, though, I could envision him fanning 185-ish batters this season.
Kris Bryant UNDER 90.5 Total RBIs (-110) at Betway
WAGER: 1 Unit
It was slightly surprising to see the Rockies elect to sign Bryant to an expensive deal in free agency, especially after they chose not to sign Nolan Arenado before last season. Nevertheless, Bryant now becomes the best hitter on the Rockies entering the season, which has his projected numbers skyrocketing.
Getting an opportunity to hit at Coors Field should boost Bryant’s production, but it’s hard to imagine him exceeding 91+ RBIs. Bryant has eclipsed this mark just twice in his career, back in 2015 and 2016, the first two years of his career.
While Bryant should be effective at Coors Field, the lineup around him doesn’t exactly bode confidence. There’s no guarantee that RBIs are going to be easy to come by for Bryant as I have him pegged at somewhere in the 81-85 RBI range in 2022.