Pick 'Over' in Rockies vs. Giants Late MLB Game

Willie Bee

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:06 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 2:06 PM GMT

San Francisco is a pronounced favorite on the MLB odds to end a 3-game losing skid Tuesday night against the Rockies. Can the Giants win and gain ground on the Dodgers?

The San Francisco Giants are once again in a bit of a tailspin, and one can almost sense desperation starting to set in with the final month of the season just a few days away.

San Francisco remains very much in the National Lleague playoff race but drags a 3-game losing streak into Tuesday's tilt against the Colorado Rockies. The final game on tonight's MLB betting card (10:15 PM ET) pits a pair of southpaws on the hill, Jorge De La Rosa and Madison Bumgarner. The Giants are drawing chalk in the -180s for the clash, SBR's live MLB odds also showing a 6.5 run total among the wagering options.

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Game 1 Loss Leaves Bochy Seeing Red
Bruce Bochy was not a happy man Sunday evening when the Giants headed home from a road trip with a 3-3 split after stops in Chicago and Washington. San Francisco appeared to have a fourth win in its pocket against Washington Nationals in that series finale, but saw a 5-run lead evaporate in an embarrassing 14-6 loss instead.

Bochy isn't any happier after Monday's 3-2 loss to the Rockies in the first game back home. His frustration eventually boiled over in the eighth, and Bochy was granted an early exit by home plate umpire Doug Eddings. We'll have to wait and see if there's any carryover from that ejection in Game 2.

Colorado has been a source of frustration for the Giants all season, winning eight of the 12 matchups so far and five of seven in San Francisco. The Giants were 83-43 at AT&T Park vs. the Rockies before the 2014 MLB betting schedule got underway, and had won six straight home series against them before being swept by Colorado the last time Walt Weiss' club was in town.

 

Hurlers Collide For 2nd Time In 2014
De La Rosa is seeing the Giants for a fifth time this year, one of the previous four a short outing in a suspended game at Coors Field and Colorado 2-1 in the other three. The 10-year veteran has strung together back-to-back wins after beginning August with a pair of losses. The Rockies have lost De La Rosa's last four road starts, his most recent win away from Denver coming on June 29 in Milwaukee.

Madison Bumgarner is also facing the Rockies for a fifth time in 2014, the Giants losing his last three assignments following a win over De La Rosa and Colorado on April 11. The 25-year-old is pitching well this month, recording a 2.03 ERA and 36 strikeouts over four starts (31 IP), but the Giants have only managed to split those contests.

In their earlier matchup back in April, neither De La Rosa nor Bumgarner proved to be much of a mystery to the batters. The Giants would prevail as -160 home favorites, 6-5, Bumgarner allowing four of Colorado's runs and giving up nine hits in six frames. De La Rosa suffered one really bad inning, five of the six runs he allowed coming plateward in that frame, four on Bumgarner's grand slam. Bumgarner also had a sac fly to give him 5 RBI on the evening.

 

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
Denver native Cory Blaser should have the plate for Game 2, his first dish duty at AT&T Park in more than two years. Eight of Blaser's last 11 games behind the mask never reached the total, leaving him 7-12-4 (O/U/P) this campaign.

Clear and cool is the forecast tonight in The City by the Bay. The thermometer should be in the mid-60s at first pitch, and possibly drop into the upper-50s by the end of the match. The weatherman is also calling for a 10-15 mph west wind to make it feel even cooler, and possibly give balls headed to center a little extra boost.

Bumgarner has pitched better on the road than at home, while De La Rosa has been hit harder on the road than at Coors Field. Sounds like an easy MLB pick on the high side of the total.
Free MLB pick: Rockies-Giants Over 6.5
Season: 107-111 (-4.75)

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