San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/25/14
Colorado Rockies (52-77) at San Francisco Giants (68-61)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
Tyler Matzek (L) (2-8) (5.306) vs. Jake Peavy (R) (3-12) (4.481)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -170 / Colorado Rockies +160 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, CSBy
The San Francisco Giants host the Colorado Rockies for a four game series at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
The Colorado Rockies are coming off a series win at home over the Marlins over the weekend after winning 7-4 in Sunday’s series finale. Christian Bergman earned his first win allowing four runs on nine hits over 6.1 innings as the Rockies bats were lively in backing him. The Rockies managed 14 hits on the afternoon as Nolan Arenado and Mike McKenry each homered, Drew Stubbs had three hits and an RBI and D.J. La Mahieu had two hits and two RBI’s. The Rockies finished up their home stand 6-3, but can’t be excited to hit the road where they own the worst road record in baseball at 18-44.
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Tyler Matzek takes the mound for the Rockies on Monday looking to generate any kind of positive momentum in what’s been a rough rookie campaign. The 23 year old lefty Matzek enters this game with a WHIP of 1.52 and ERA of 5.38 while posting a 2-9 record. Matzek has yet to face the Giants this year but has struggled in road contests going winless with an ERA of 6.23 across eight total appearances (seven starts).
The San Francisco Giants dropped two of three to the Nationals over the weekend to finish their road trip 3-3. The Giants likely won’t manage to pass the Dodgers in the NL West where they sit five games back currently, but for the time being the Giants lay claim to the second Wild Card spot with the Braves sitting a game back and Pirates sitting 1.5 games back. In Sunday’s 14-6 loss, the Giants pitchers were abused as starter Ryan Vogelsong allowed three runs on four hits over 5.2 innings, Jeremy Affeldt allowed four runs on five hits without retiring a batter and Juan Gutierrez allowed five runs on four hits in 1.1 innings of work. The Giants bats were strong accumulating six runs on 12 hits as Gregor Blanco and Travis Ishikawa each homered and Brandon Crawford had three hits.
Jake Peavy makes the start for the home side to open up Monday’s series. Peavy has won each of his last two starts against the Cubs and White Sox, pitching seven innings each time. For the season combined in both leagues Peavy has a WHIP of 1.39 and ERA of 4.48 while posting a 3-12 record. Peavy’s first home start against the Dodgers wasn’t memorable but his latest home start against the White Sox he was sharp allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings of work.
The Rockies are just dreadful on the road and don’t give themselves a great chance of changing that with Matzek getting the start.