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Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds Free Pick 8/30/13

Cincinnati Reds (75-59) at Colorado Rockies (63-72)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)

Bronson Arroyo (R) (13-9) (3.415) vs. Jeff Manship (R) (0-4) (6.857)

The Line: Colorado Rockies +125 / Cincinnati Reds -135 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, ROOT-Rocky Mountain

The Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds face off on Friday at Coors Field as they play game one of their series.

The Colorado Rockies have been solid at home this season but it has been their ineptitude on the road that has been their undoing. The Rockies are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 38-28 at home this season, and they are 16 games back in the NL West. AS a team the Rockies are hitting .264 with Michael Cuddyer hitting .322, Troy Tulowitzki hitting .318, and Wilin Rosario hitting .288. As a team the Rockies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.17 with the starters at 4.33 and the bullpen at 3.91. For game one against the Reds the Rockies start Jeff Manship who has lost all four of his starts this season. For the season Manship has allowed 22 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 12 over 21 innings for a 0-4 record and a 6.86 ERA.

Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds Free Pick 8/30/13

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The Cincinnati Reds are right in the thick of the National League Central race as it looks it will be a battle right down to the end of the season. The Reds are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 34-36 on the road this season, and they are 3.5 games back in the National League Central. As a team the Reds are hitting.248 with Joey Votto hitting .312, Shin-Soo Choo hitting .278, Jay Bruce hitting .270, and Brandon Phillips hitting .265. As a team the Reds have an ERA of 3.40 with the starters at 3.32 and the bullpen at 3.57. For game one against the Rockies the Reds start Bronson Arroyo who has won his last four starts. For the season Arroyo has allowed 160 hits and 64 earned runs while striking out 107 over 168.2 innings for a 13-9 record and a 3.42 ERA.

Colorado is 8-2 in their last 10 home games, 1-4 in their last five games following an off day, and 0-4 in Manship’s last four starts. Cincinnati is 4-1 against the National League West, 44-20 against a team with a losing record, and 20-8 in Arroyo’s last 28 starts against the NL West. Cincinnati is 6-2 in the last eight meetings of these two.

Manship just hasn’t been a reliable option and despite how good the Rockies have been at home my play here is on Cincinnati.

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