The first half of the MLB season gave us a solid insight into how things might play out this year, at least in the regular season. That being said, there are still a ton of questions to be answered over the next couple of months. There are some preseason favorites who need to kick it up a notch if they want to be part of the playoffs picture, while the Wild Card races in both leagues look as though they are going to go all the way down to the wire. While it is still too early to definitively call, the only question that looks to be fully answered is in regards to the winner of the NL West.
The LA Dodgers appear to be in an unassailable position right now, especially when you consider that no other team in the division really looks set to make a serious run. The San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies will continue their series on Tuesday night, with the Rockies desperately trying to stay in the playoff picture. Colorado is favored by 1 ½, with the run total set at a rather lofty 14.
Giants vs Rockies MLB Odds & Expert Analysis
- When: Tuesday, July 16 at 8:40 PM EST
- Where: Coors Field, Denver
- Starting Pitchers: Pomeranz vs. Lambert
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Colorado Rockies -130 (Total 14.5)
Why bet on the San Francisco Giants?
From out of absolutely nowhere, the San Francisco Giants have suddenly come to life, hammering home runs at a stunning rate while winning 8 of their last 10 games. Included among those wins was a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, including a 19-2 win in the opener.
The Giants have left themselves with a lot to do after a rocky first half of the season, but their current run, which includes 3 straight wins, has them sitting just 2 games out of second in the NL West, although they are still on the bottom of the division. That means that they are also just 3 games out of the Wild Card. The Giants have now won 7 of their last 8 road games and are 26-15 ATS as a road dog. It will be Drew Pomeranz (2-9, 6.42 ERA) who gets the start.
- Runs: 4.38
- Hits: 7.88
- Walks: 3.02
- Strike Outs: 8.62
- Runs: 4.86
- Hits: 8.74
- Walks: 3.13
- Strike Outs: 8.63
Why bet on the Colorado Rockies?
The race for the NL West division may appear to be over, with the LA Dodgers opening up a massive lead, but the battle for Wild Card spots remains incredibly tight. The Rockies are just 2 games back of the final spot, but they are also in a bit of a tailspin right now, going just 2-8 in their last 10 games.
Colorado is now 2 games below .500 at 46-48, although they do still have a winning record at home, going 26-22 in those games. They may have lost back to back games to the Giants on Monday and be in a 4-7 hole in the season series, but they are still 15-5 SU in their last 20 home games versus San Francisco. It will be Peter Lamber (2-1, 6.67 ERA) who gets the start here.
- Runs: 5.48
- Hits: 9.38
- Walks: 2.93
- Strike Outs: 9.50
- Runs: 5.71
- Hits: 9.73
- Walks: 3.38
- Strike Outs: 8.10
Giants vs Rockies MLB Betting Trends
- Rockies are 80-67 against the money line against left-handed starters over the last 3 seasons
- Giants are 45-49 against the money line in all games this season
- Giants are 7-4 against Colorado this season
- Pomeranz is 2-1 when starting against Colorado with an ERA of 2.45 and a WHIP of 1.045
- Giants are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of San Francisco’s last 10 games this season
- Rockies are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Colorado’s last 20 games against San Francisco
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Giants vs Rockies
The bloated ERA’s of both starting pitchers suggests that we might be in for some fireworks here, which could play in favor of the suddenly hot Giants. I am taking them ATS in this one, and they might even steal another win.
Score: San Francisco Giants 8 – Colorado Rockies 7