Southpaw Chris Rusin Adds Betting Value To Rockies +130 vs. Giants

Ross Benjamin

Friday, May 6, 2016 4:17 PM GMT

Our MLB professional handicapper provides a betting preview on Thursday’s game between Colorado and San Francisco. Go inside to read what he has to say before embarking on any of your MLB picks today.

NL West Rivals Meet by the Bay
The Rockies and Giants will begin a four game series on Thursday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco. These teams played a three game series at Coors Field in Denver during the second week of April, and Colorado won on two of those occasions. Since 2014, Colorado has gone 23-18 against San Francisco, and that includes 11-8 at AT&T Park. Current MLB betting odds at SportsInteraction.com has San Francisco as a -150 money line favorite and the posted total is 7.5.

 

Nice Start on Road for Rockies
Colorado avoided being swept during a three game series at San Diego by coming away with a 2-0 win over the Padres on Wednesday afternoon.  They’re now off to a very respectable 9-6 start during away games in 2016. Unfortunately for the Rockies, they’ve gone just 4-8 at Coors Field thus far. Their pitching has been night and day better in away games as opposed to at hitter friendly Coors Field. Colorado is allowing only 3.3 runs per game on the road, and Rockies pitchers have held opposing batters to a poor .645 OPS in those outings. During their previous seven games which included the last six on the road, Colorado hitters have compiled a stellar .833 OPS.

 

Giants Rebound and Recent High Scoring Affairs
San Francisco went through a 1-8 stretch from 4/13 to 4/21, and since that time they’ve gone 8-4 during their last twelve games. However, they’re coming off a 7-4 loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon. It’s also worth noting, San Francisco is 11-2 over the total during their previous thirteen outings. The Giants are averaging 5.9 runs scored per game and have an impressive .824 OPS during their last seven outings. Over that same seven game stretch, they’ve also allowed 6.1 runs per contest.

 

Starting Pitchers
Southpaw Chris Rusin will be making only his second start of the season this evening for Colorado. Rusin was very sharp in his 2016 debut during 5.0 innings of work at Arizona. He allowed no earned runs on only 1 hit while walking 3 during a 5-2 Rockies win. Rusin made three starts against San Francisco last season, compiling a 3.38 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and tossed one complete game. On a negative note, Rusin allowed 5 home runs in 21 1/3 innings pitched during those outings.

The Giants will turn to veteran right-hander Matt Cain on Thursday. Cain is off to an inauspicious start to 2016, posting a sizable 7.00 ERA and 1.59 WHIP during five starts. One of those starts came against Colorado at Coors Field on 4/14, and he allowed 6 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched during an 11-6 Giants loss.

 

Final Take and Pick
San Francisco will have to overcome playing with no rest following a Eastern Time Zone road game on Wednesday. Although this will be the seventh road game in as many days for Colorado, both of those recently completed series took place on the West Coast. I’m going to have a small lean on the road underdog for one of my Thursday MLB picks.

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Free MLB Pick: Colorado +130
Best Line Offered: at SportsInteraction