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MLB Picks Colorado Rockies vs San Francisco Giants


The Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants will look to break the tie atop the National League West standings tonight as they open a three game set at AT&T Park. First pitch in this evening’s series opener is set for 10:15pm ET. MLB Picks and Odds at 5Dimes have the hosting Giants listed as a -149 money line ($149 wins $100) favorite and the Over/Under set at eight runs (Under favored at -120 odds). The Rockies are drawing +139 odds to even their season series with the Giants at four games apiece.

The 26-21 Giants, who are in a three-way tie with the Rockies and Diamondbacks for the NL West lead, closed out a three game home stand with the Nationals on Wednesday with a 2-1 extra innings loss. San Francisco took the first two games of the series, though, snapping a skid that featured three consecutive losses to the Rockies in Colorado.

The Giants, which had won 10 consecutive games opposite Colorado prior to their recent series at Coors Field, will chase their 18th home win of the season with two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum on the hill.

Lincecum brings a pedestrian 3-3 record and 4.70 ERA to the bump tonight and he is coming off a horrendous outing at Coors Field. The Washington product allowed seven hits and six earned runs over five innings in a 10-2 loss to the Rockies last Saturday.

Prior to the Colorado start, Lincecum allowed just two hits and zero earned runs over seven innings in a 5-1 win against the Braves at AT&T Park.

The Rockies (10-12 road), winners in five of their last six games, will counter Lincecum, just as they did on Saturday, with 23 year old right hander Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood, who is making his fourth start of the season, is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in three starts, but his WHIP is a not so wonderful 1.58.

Chatwood has, in some regard, skirted disaster as he has yielded 21 hits and seven walks in just 17.2 innings pitched. Could his comeuppance come tonight?

Notable Trends: The Giants are 4-1 in their last five games as a home favorite against Colorado with a total between 7.5 and 8 runs (Over was 4-1 in those five games).

MLB Picks Colorado Rockies vs San Francisco Giants:

Colorado Rockies +1.5 (-170), Over 8 (+100), +139 (Moneyline)

San Francisco Giants -1.5 (+150), Under 8 (-120), -149 (Moneyline)

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