Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants Free Preview 05/20/18

The Colorado Rockies are ready to face their division rival San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The matchup starts at 4:05 p.m. ET and you can catch the game on ATRM and NSBA.

Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Colorado (+100) as the underdog to San Francisco (-110). Bettors can gamble on the game’s total with odds sitting at -110 for over 8 runs and -110 for under 8. Runline odds sit at -210 for taking the Rockies +1.5 runs and +175 for the Giants -1.5.

The Rockies are 25-21 SU and have gone 25-20 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 6.2 units for moneyline gamblers over the early portions of the year and 6.9 units ATS. The Giants, on the other hand, are 23-24 SU and 27-19 ATS. They’ve gained 1.4 units for moneyline bettors and 5.5 units ATS.

Giants games have an over/under record of 23-21-2 so far in 2018. The Rockies have been a decent under bet with a total record of 16-26-3.

Tyler Anderson will get the nod for the visiting Rockies. The left-handed Anderson is 3-1 with a 4.30 ERA and 43 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Giants this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 9.00 ERA across four innings).

The Giants are putting the ball in the hands of lefty Ty Blach (3-4, 4.05 ERA), who has 26 punchouts and 17 walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.43. Blach made three starts against the Rockies in 2017, compiling a 1-1 record with a 3.80 ERA and 15 strikeouts.

Colorado’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.21 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 8.31 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.54, along with a K/9 of 9.71.

Rockies hitters have slashed .230/.307/.395 on their way to 4.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.7 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Charlie Blackmon have led Colorado’s hitters. Arenado is slashing .322/.412/.566 with eight home runs, 24 RBIs and 24 runs scored, while Blackmon (.269/.374/.538) is up to 12 homers, 23 RBIs and 35 runs scored.

Arenado enjoyed hitting against left-handed pitchers on the road in 2017, maintaining a slash line of .408/.477/.803 across 86 such plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of .309/.373/.586).

In the home-team dugout, San Francisco’s pitching staff has given up 4.7 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 4.48 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.07 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 8.4 K/9. In 26 divisional games, Giants starters have an ERA of 3.98 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.82.

San Francisco’s hitters have produced 4.1 runs per outing, including 3.5 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team has hit .284/.325/.437 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Giants’ offense has been led by first baseman Brandon Belt and catcher Buster Posey. Belt is hitting .308/.408/.577 with 10 home runs, 26 RBIs and 26 runs scored, and Posey’s line sits at .307/.380/.421 with 43 hits, 15 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .241/.355/.469, Belt did not do very well against left-handed pitching at home in 2017, slashing .179/.276/.299 over 76 such plate appearances.

The Rockies have lost 6.7e-16 units and are 12-7 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in five of those games, as opposed to 12 that’ve gone under against lefties. On the other hand, the Giants have netted 6.0 units and are 13-6 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has cashed in 12 of those games, compared to seven that’ve gone under.

Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Giants, ATS Winner – Rockies, O/U – OVER

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Betting Trends

The under has hit in four of Colorado’s last seven games.

Colorado has recorded 20.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.2 over its last five.

Each team has hit 12 home runs over its last 10 outings.


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