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San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies Free Pick - 9/9/13

Colorado Rockies (66-77) at San Francisco Giants (64-78)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)

Jhoulys Chacin (R) (13-8) (3.165) vs. Tim Lincecum (R) (9-13) (4.500)

The Line: San Francisco Giants -125 / Colorado Rockies +115 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Rocky Mountain, CSN-Bay

The Colorado Rockies visit AT&T Park to square off with the San Francisco Giants.

I don't know if it's true or not, but the Rockies appear as if the long season has taken a toll on them. Colorado has dropped seven of eleven after a 5-2 loss at San Diego on Sunday, with both the bats and arms coming up short in the defeats. Roy Oswalt fell to 0-5 with all five runs given up on four hits and a pair of free passes allowed over 3.1 innings pitched. That proved to be too much for the offense to combat on just six hits, with Michael Cuddyer and Jordan Pacheco driving in runs. The Rockies are scheduled to send Jhoulys Chacin to the bump Monday to face the Giants. Chacin has been one of the steadiest members of the Rockies rotation with a 13-8 record and 3.16 ERA.

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San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies Free Pick - 9/9/13

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The Giants have been formiddable over the last several years, but 2013 hasn't been one of them. Runs have been difficult to come by and the pitching hasn't been up to their normal high standards where a couple of runs stood a better than average chance of being enough to win. It was Sunday behind a solid performance on the mound from Madison Bumgarner, who tossed a four hit shut out through six innings, while striking out nine, which got him nothing more then a no decision. SF had plenty of base runners on nine hits and four bases on balls, with Hector Sanchez and Angel Pagan driving in runs. San Francisco turns to former Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum for Monday's bout with Colorado. Lincecum has gone 3-0 the last three trips to the mound, where he has posted a 4.24 ERA.

Nether team makes be want to run to the betting window and plunk down a chunk of cash. Both are risky so I'll back the team with the guy on the mound who has been steadier...

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