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Major League Baseball Odds, Free Pick San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies

Thursday afternoon baseball and we will see the San Francisco Giants take on the Colorado Rockies in game 3 of their 3 game series from Coors Field in Colorado. First pitch is scheduled for a 3:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.  

Current Odds

San Francisco     -105
Colorado            -115

Over/ Under: 9.5 U -120

Analysis: Offensively the Giants are a bit average as they come in ranked 12th in the league in scoring (4.17 rpg) and 21st in hitting (.245) They are, however, one of the top power teams in the league, ranking 4th in homers with 54. Leading the homer barrage is Michael Morse, who has 10 of them, while also leading them in RBI's with 28. Angel Pagan leads the team in BA (.321) while Hunter Pence leads the team in both hits (52) and runs scored (31). Pitching has not been an issue for this team as they come in ranked 4th in ERA (3.21) and 4th in WHIP (1.20). Taking the mound for the Giants is Tim Hudson, who missed his last start due to a hip strain. Tim is 4-2 on the year, with a 2.09 ERA and an 0.81 WHIP. Tim Has struggled in this park, going 0-2 with a 7.41 ERA in 6 career starts here.

The Rockies come in with the best offense in baseball, ranking 1st in scoring (5.52 rpg), 1st in hitting (.299) and 1st in homers (63). It also helps their offensive numbers that they play in Coors Field, where they have hit .340 and have scored 7.23 rpg this year so far. Troy Tulowitzki is tied for the team lead in hits (56), while leading them in BA (.389). He really is having an outstanding year overall as he leads the Rockies in runs scored (44), Homers (13) and RBIs (35). Well on his way to a possible NL MVP year, if he can stay healthy. The Pitching has been below average as they rank 21st in ERA (4.09), 17th in WHIP (1.32) and 29th in Ks (288). Jorge De La Rosa gets the ball today and he comes in with a 5-3 mark and a 4.14 ERA on the year. Jorge is 9-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 21 appearances (18 starts) vs the Giants in his career.     

Pick:  I will be taking the Under in this one. Last night Matt Cain slowed down the Rockie Offense and I expect Tim Hudson tom be able to do the same. Tim is reborn and pitching just as good as ever as he comes in with a 2.09 ERA and an 0.81 WHIP overall, including a 1.93 ERA and an 0.86 WHIP in his last 3 starts. He has struggled in this park, but right now comes in with a 1.53 ERA on the road this year, with his 4 road starts averaging just 5 rpg so far. Jorge De La Rosa is also pitching well as we head into this game, as he has a 1.70 ERA in his last 5 starts and he also has a 2.82 ERA in his 4 home starts this year and that includes allowing just 1 ER in 5 innings of work in a home star vs the Giants earlier in the year. I expect him to have similar success in this one, while Tim Hudson also has good success vs a tough Rockies lineup that just can't go on scoring 8.71 rpg vs righties at home. I say 7 or 8 runs tops here.   

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