Cool & Damp Weather Leads to 'Under' Play in Giants-Rockies Clash

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Willie Bee

Friday, April 21, 2017 2:14 PM GMT

Friday, Apr. 21, 2017 2:14 PM GMT

After renewing their rivalry last weekend in San Francisco, the Giants and Rockies go at it again in Denver this weekend and we've got a free baseball pick for their series opener Friday night.

MLB Season Record: 4-12 (-8.58)

I don't know about you, but the NL West looks a bit upside down with San Francisco in the cellar, Colorado on top and the Los Angeles Dodgers -- favored to kick butt and take names in the division on MLB futures odds -- stuck halfway between them. Maybe that begins to change a little this weekend when the Giants visit the Rockies.

First pitch in Game 1 of the set Friday is scheduled for 8:40 PM (ET) at Coors Field, Johnny Cueto and Tyler Chatwood the initial mound duel. The Giants are light -115 chalk at Bookmaker with a 10½-run total that favors the 'under.'

This series continues a short 5-game roadie for the Giants that started in Kansas City, where San Francisco split a pair with a loss Wednesday as slight favorites on the MLB odds behind Madison Bumgarner. Colorado is returning home after a 4-2 swing through Los Angeles and San Francisco, beating Bumgarner to begin the trip and losing to Clayton Kershaw to end it.

 

Both Hurlers Coming Off Wins Vs. Opposition Last Week

Cueto has lived up to the early chalk he and the Giants were burdened with, winning each of his three starts that all went 'over' the totals. The husky Dominican did get roughed up a bit in his season debut, but responded with a pair of 7-inning, 2-run efforts in his follow-up assignments, the most recent the only game San Francisco won from Colorado last week. Cueto was solid in his only start at Coors last year (6 IP, 1 ER) and has won his last four trips to Denver while compiling a 2.25 ERA.

Chatwood took the loss in his first two starts, the long ball contributing to those defeats at Milwaukee and home against San Diego. He bounced back with his first career complete-game shutout Saturday at AT&T Park, quieting the Giants on two hits in the 105-pitch matinee gem. The former second-round pick out of Redlands, Calif., has enjoyed decent success against the Giants over the years but owns a 4.90 career ERA at Coors Field in 33 starts and four relief outings.

 

Series Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Tonight marks the 400th meeting between the teams and 187th at Coors Field, where the Rockies are 102-84 vs. the Giants since the park opened in 1995. Last week's long set in San Francisco marked the first time in four years Colorado had won a 4-game series at AT&T, three of the recent four staying 'under' the totals, and the Rockies took five of nine in Denver a year ago when the 'under' also cashed five times.

There is a shot at some rain in the area Friday, but it's supposed to taper off and leave cloudy, chilly conditions by first pitch (44º, 5-8 mph east breeze, right to left). That's not quite as cold as I am, and you're still advised to fade my free baseball pick which is on the 'under.'

Free MLB Pick: 'Under' 10.5Best Line Offered: BookMaker

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