Thursday, April 14, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Cain vs. Christian Bergman
The San Francisco Giants visit Coors Field on Thursday to play the Colorado Rockies. The probable starters are Matt Cain for the Giants and Christian Bergman for the Rockies. The opening line for this matchup has San Francisco at -129 and Colorado at +119. The over/under was set at 11. The Giants have a 3-5-0 over/under record and a 5-3-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 63% of the time. The Rockies are 3-4-0 against the run line and have a 4-3-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 43% of the time.
The Giants head into this matchup with a 6-2 record, including 3-1 on the road. Starting pitcher Matt Cain has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.17. He has 3 strikeouts over his 6 innings pitched and he has given up 6 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.76. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 1.52 and they have given up 15 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .176 against the bullpen while being struck out 18 times and walking 8 times this season. As a team, San Francisco has allowed 8.88 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.52 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.21. The Giants pitchers have collectively given up 72 base hits and 26 earned runs. They have allowed 4 home runs this season and they allow 0.5 homers per nine innings as a staff. San Francisco as a pitching staff has walked 22 batters and struck out 61. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 3.33.
As a team, San Francisco is batting .278, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .291 average away from home. The Giants hold a .523 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.62 hits per game. Buster Posey comes into this game hitting .391 and his on-base percentage is at .444. He has 9 hits this season along with 3 runs scored and 5 runs batted in. He's struck out 1 time and has walked 3 times. Matt Duffy is hitting .219 and he has an on-base percentage of .265. He has totaled 7 hits so far while scoring 3 runs and he's driven in 7. He has walked 1 time and has struck out 4 times. The Giants have 77 hits, including 13 doubles and 17 home runs. They've stolen 4 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. San Francisco has walked 25 times this season and they've struck out 40 times as a unit. They've left 44 men on base and have a team OPS of .860. They score 6.25 runs per contest and have scored a total of 50 runs so far this year.
Colorado comes into this matchup with a 1-3 home record and a 3-4 overall mark. With an earned run average of 12.00, Christian Bergman has a 0-1 record and a 2.33 WHIP. He has 2 strikeouts over the 3 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 6 hits. He has allowed 18 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.93. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 8.88 and they have given up 40 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .351 against the Rockies bullpen while being struck out 23 times and walking 7 times this season. As a team, Colorado has allowed 13.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.69 batters per nine. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 7.84. The Rockies pitchers as a team have surrendered 93 base knocks and 54 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 13 home runs this year and they give up 1.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Colorado as a staff has walked 21 hitters and struck out 53. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.84 while their FIP as a staff is 5.49.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .244 average at home. The Rockies hold a .533 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 9.29 hits per contest. Carlos Gonzalez comes into this matchup batting .357 and he has an OBP of .400. He has 10 hits this year along with 5 runs scored and 5 RBI. He's struck out 7 times and has walked on 2 occasions. Nolan Arenado is hitting .222 and he has an OBP of .300. He has collected 6 hits so far while he's scored 3 runs and drove in 5. He has earned a walk 3 times and has punched out 2 times. The Rockies as a unit have 65 base hits, including 14 doubles and 17 homers. They have 3 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 2 times. Colorado as a team has walked 20 times this year and they have struck out 44 times. They've had 43 men left on base and have an OPS of .856. They score 5.29 runs per game and have totaled 37 runs so far this season.
San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 3-5-0 against the over/under so far this season
The San Francisco Giants are 5-3-0 against the run line so far this season
Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
The Colorado Rockies are 4-3-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Colorado Rockies are 3-4-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
San Francisco Giants
04/13/16 C Buster Posey Foot missed last game, probable Wednesday vs. Colorado Rockies
04/01/16 P Matt Cain Arm out indefinitely
04/10/16 P Adam Ottavino Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jairo Diaz Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jason Motte Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jonathan Gray Abdominal Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Tyler Anderson Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Tyler Matzek Personal Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/03/16 2B Daniel Descalso Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Rockies
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