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Giants vs. Rockies Series Preview

MLB Championship Winner Betting Odds

Tied with the Dodgers for the NL West lead heading into Thursday, the Colorado Rockies must continue stepping on the throats of the San Francisco Giants like the rest of the league has through the first 10 weeks of the regular season. The Rockies have dominated the 2017 rivalry winning six of the seven skirmishes with the under cashing four times.

San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies
Dates: Thursday, June 15 – Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Coors Field

It’s been flat out ugly for a proud San Francisco franchise with the team now a season-worst 15 games under .500. Only the Phillies have cost baseball bettors more of their bankroll this season than that of the Giants ( -$1732 ). Over $1K of that deficit has been tallied on the road where the team sits 11 games under the breakeven point.

The Rockies possess the best record in the National League. Unfortunately, so does division rival Los Angeles. With that the case, Bud Black’s squad must continue keeping the pedal to the metal and bounce back from a disappointing end to their road trip that saw them drop two of three in the Steel City.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Thursday, June 15, 2017, 8:40 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Matt Moore vs. Jeff Hoffman

If you’re entertaining the thought of backing Moore in Coors, you got some brass cojones! Moore has been one of the ultimate split guys this season. He’s been as solid as it gets at home where he’s the owner of a 3.07 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, but a major fade on the road where his ERA swells to 7.94 and WHIP to 1.91. It’s safe to say the house will need the Giants badly when you add his 12.34 career ERA at Coors to the mix.

Hoffman has been nothing short of fantastic since taking the spot of an injured Tyler Anderson. He’s 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA and 0.74 WHIP, and enters his fifth outing having allowed just 10 hits and 3 ER over his last 20.1 innings of work. He was roughed up by the Dodgers in his lone home start, but San Fran’s offense pales in comparison to LA’s with it averaging just 3.8 runs per game against righties ( No. 29 ).

Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Friday, June 16, 2017, 8:40 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Jeff Samardzija vs. Antonio Senzatela

“The Shark” has completely turned his season around even though his 2-8 record indicates otherwise. Since getting blitzed for 10 hits and 6 ER at the Mets on May 9, the veteran has produced five quality starts through six tries and went at least seven innings in three of those outings. That said, neither of his two starts have been of quality against the Rockies and he was already rocked for 7 ER through 5.1 innings at Coors this season.

Senzatela’s eight wins are the most on the starting staff, but it looks like the league is getting a better idea of how to handle his stuff. Over his last three starts, the righty has been raked for 18 hits ( 3 HR ) and 11 ER. Still, he’s been pretty darn good at home where he’s the owner of a 6-1 record and 3.18 ERA. Opponents are only batting .238 against him at Coors, and he already owns a pair of wins and quality starts against the Giants this season.

Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Saturday, June 17, 2017, 3:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Matt Cain vs. Kyle Freeland

San Francisco had dropped each of Cain’s previous four starts before beating Minnesota 13-8 in a slugfest his last turn. He only lasted 4.1 innings in that one, and has only produced a quality start once in his last five outings. This will be his first appearance against the Rockies in 2017, but he was shelled for 17 hits and 12 ER in 12.2 innings thrown at them last season.

Freeland has been a quality start machine for Bud Black having churned one out 69.2 percent of the time entering his 14th start of the season. Colorado’s 9-4 with him leading its charge, and the lefty has been competitive at home where he’s pitched to a 3.50 ERA and allowed just 36 hits and 14 ER through 36 innings of work. San Fran averages just 3.3 runs per game against lefties ( No. 28 ), and he’s already thrown seven innings of shutout ball at them this season.

Game 4 Probable Pitchers - Sunday, June 18, 2017, 3:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Ty Blach vs. Tyler Chatwood

Blach’s 4.24 ERA and 1.21 WHIP are tops on the team. He had thrown five straight quality starts up until his last two turns when he was raked for 19 hits and 12 ER by the Brewers and Royals in successive starts. While he’s been tremendous at home ( 3.02 ERA ), he’s been nothing short of a nightmare on the road where his ERA swells to 6.04 and WHIP to 1.45. San Francisco’s split his four road starts with the over 2-0-2 overall.

Chatwood flat out balled in his previous three turns limiting the Padres, Cubs and Pirates to one ER each through 20 combined innings of work. That’s been his “MO” however with the road Chatwood angle once again in full effect. It’s been a much different story for him at home however evidenced by his 7.03 ERA and 16.7 quality start percentage. Colorado has dropped four of his six home starts where opponents have ripped him for a .301 BAA compared to .183 when away from Coors.