MLB Free Picks: Look for Offense When the Rockies Face the Giants

Willie Bee

Monday, June 26, 2017 12:54 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 26, 2017 12:54 PM UTC

Something has to give tonight when a pair of teams on 5-game losing streaks collide in San Francisco where the Giants are favored on the MLB odds against the Colorado Rockies.

Colorado Rockies vs. San Fransisco Giants

Are the wheels beginning to fall off the bus that has so far carried the Colorado Rockies to a exceed expectations? If so, perhaps paying a visit to the San Francisco Giants will help as the clubs prepare to begin a series that finds both teams on 5-game losing skids heading into Monday’s series opener.

Jeff Samardzija (2-9, 4.74) delivers the first pitch at 10:08 PM (ET) in San Francisco, Colorado’s German Marquez (5-3, 3.92) opposing him and BetOnline favoring the Giants on a -133 money line. After opening 7½, most shops are showing 8 for tonight’s total.

Rockies Have Beaten Samardzija 3 Times This Season

Colorado’s 5-game skid was punctuated by a sweep in Los Angeles at the hands of the red-hot Dodgers over the weekend. The streak started at home last week against Arizona and the Rockies dropped the games by a combined 48-15. Marquez opened that series against the Diamondbacks with six strong innings though he didn’t figure into the decision that went to the Rocks by a 4-3 count. He’s facing the Giants for the first time in 2017, and his only experience against them was a rough outing last year in this park (4.1 IP, 6 ER).

Samardzija was on the mound last week in Atlanta when San Francisco’s losing streak began, though he wasn’t really to blame for the 11-inning, 5-3 setback with seven frames and three runs allowed. He has been complicit in three losses to the Rockies this year, allowing 19 runs in 18.1 innings, one of those defeats at home, when he was charged with all four Colorado runs in a 4-3 decision. Several Rockies have feasted on the old Notre Damer, including Nolan Arenado who has raked for a .462 average (12-26).

Rivalry Info, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Part of Colorado’s early success, and conversely, part of San Francisco’s early struggles, can be found in the season series to date. The Rockies have won 10 of the 11 matchups so far as the clubs face each other for the fourth time in 2017, and second get-together at AT&T Park. All seven games played in Denver have gone to Colorado, along with three of the four mid-April meetings in San Francisco when the ‘under’ also cashed three times. The results up to now already guarantee the Rockies will win a season series against the Giants for the third time in four years.

Clear skies, temps in the low-60s and a brisk 15-18 mph westerly wind (out to center) greet the start of the contest. I can’t help but play the ‘over’ for my free baseball pick.

MLB Free Pick: Rockies-Giants Over 7½ (-110) Best Lines Available: at 5Dimes

Season: 37-44 (-7.49)

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