MLB Picks: Rockies vs. Giants Friday & Saturday Predictions

Jeff Grant

Friday, April 11, 2014 12:11 PM GMT

The Colorado Rockies have really struggled on the road the last two years, which provides the San Francisco Giants great MLB betting value in front of a sold out ballpark Friday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the pro baseball odds for this National League West affair at AT&T Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET.

 

Road woes
Colorado has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it looks to build off a 10-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox as -164 home favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 10.

The Rockies have gone 29-52 on the road the last two seasons, and they dropped three of four in Miami to open up the 2014 campaign.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 9-26 as underdogs of +150 to +175 when playing away from Coors Field.

 

Packing a punch
San Francisco enters the series opener as the NL leader in home runs, which has played a big part in the squad producing a 6-4 record in its first 10 games of the season.

The Giants have also been getting tremendous production out of leadoff hitter Angel Pagan, who has reached base safely in every game and has produced a hit in 6 of 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 24-13 as home favorites of -150 to -175 since 2012.

 

De La Rosa
Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 8.31 ERA) has gotten exactly 13 outs in  each of his first two outings, as he comes off a no decision effort in a 9-4 home victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks last Saturday.

The left-hander has garnered a 14-8 record and 3.94 ERA in 41 career games (25 starts) in April, including a 2-3 mark and 4.18 ERA in 2013.

In nine lifetime appearances (eight starts) at this ballpark, De La Rosa has gone 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA.

 

Bumgarner
Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (1-0, 1.74 ERA) struck out 10 batters in picking up a 7-2 road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, but he’s surrendered 14 hits in 10.1 combined innings in his first two trips to the mound. 

The left-hander went 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA in 13 home games in 2013, with opposing hitters batting .197 against him. 

In four outings versus the Rockies a season ago, Bumgarner finished with an even 2-2 record and 5.16 ERA.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won five of Bumgarner’s last six home starts in this rivalry. 

MLB Pick:  San Francisco Giants -170

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Early Look at Saturday’s pitching matchup

Colorado left-hander Brett Anderson (0-2, 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to make his third appearance of the season, as he’s allowed nine runs (six earned) and 15 hits over 12 combined frames. 

Anderson has gone 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in two career road starts against the Giants. 

San Francisco is expected to counter with Matt Cain, who served up three home runs in a 6-2 road defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. 

Cain finished with a 4-8 record and 4.70 ERA in 17 home outings in 2013.