Online sports gambling handicappers wrote Colorado off last year after a slow start to the sports gambling season but a strong second half put the Rockies in the playoffs. Colorado finished 2009 with an online sports gambling record of 92-70 and in second place, 3 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Colorado was a strong gambling in sports commodity at home with a record of 51-30 and they went over the total in just 72 games last year. The Rockies lost their post season matchup against Philadelphia 3-1.
Colorado emerged as one of the most balanced baseball teams in all of online sports gambling as they finished 6th overall in run production and 10th overall for staff earned run average. Right hand starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is a big reason for the high expectations this year for Colorado.
Last year Jimenez finished with a 15-12 record and a 3.47 earned run average in just his second full season as a regular in the rotation. Jimenez has a career earned run average of 3.80. Right hander Aaron Cook is yet another online sports gambling asset in the Rockies rotation.
Cook last year went 11-6 with a 4.16 earned run average and has a career mark of 63-50 with a 4.16 ERA. Right hand closer Huston Street is another weapon in the Rockies deep pitching staff.
Street proved to be one of the top closers in all of baseball last year with 35 saves in 37 chances and a 4-1 record with a 3.06 earned run average as he struck out 70 batters in 61.2 innings. First baseman Todd Helton leads a lineup that will give opposing pitchers plenty to worry about this year.
Helton hit .325 with 38 doubles and 15 home runs along with 86 runs batted in. He has a career average of .328 and has been a regular with Colorado since 1998. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki led Colorado with 32 homers and hit .297 last year.
Colorado will be a favorite for the playoffs again but will be lacking the surprise element that gave them board value last year.