Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants
First place visits second place in the national League West as the Colorado Rockies host the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are -145 favorites over the Rockies with an over/under run total set at 7.5
The Colorado Rockies have led the National League West for the better part of the season this year but recent struggles have them moving in the wrong direction and currently in second place. The Rockies are a game and a half behind the Giants in the standings as they are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 9-10 at home this season, and have lost their last two games. As a team Colorado is hitting .238 with Todd Helton hitting .315, Jonathan Herrera hitting .282, and Seth Smith hitting .278. As a team the Rockies pitching staff has an ERA of 3.91 with the starters at 4.04 and the bullpen at 3.67. For game one against the Giants Colorado starts Clayton Mortenson who has been working out the the bullpen and starting this season. For the season Mortenson has allowed six hits and one earned run while striking out seven in 16.1 innings of work.
The San Francisco Giants have been quietly playing well as after starting the season slow they are back in first place in the NL West. The Giants are 12-12 on the road this season and 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. As a team San Francisco is hitting just .236 with Aaron Rowand leading the team at .262, Freddy Sanchez at .259, and Buster Posey at .256. As a team the Giants pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.31 with the starters at 3.37 and the bullpen at 3.19. For game one against the Rockies San Francisco starts Tim Lincecum who had his start rained out on Sunday in Chicago. For the season Lincecum has allowed 39 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 66 in 55.1 innings of work.
Colorado is 2-5 in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 1-5 in their last six against the NL West, and 2-7 in their last nine games. San Francisco is 7-1 in their last eight games overall, 5-1 in their last six games against a right handed starter, and 7-1 in their last eight games against a team with a winning record. San Francisco has won six of the last seven meetings of these two.
Both of these pitchers are on top of their games so the play here for me is on the under. Take the under 7.5 runs here.