Division foes continue their clash in Denver on Tuesday, and we’re looking for ways to make the MLB odds work for us when the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies collide.
San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – 08:40 PM EDT at Coors Field
Will the thin air in Denver turn Tuesday’s tilt between San Francisco and Colorado into a home run derby, or will the humidor work in the pitchers’ favor? Let’s look inside the matchup between the NL West Division rivals and come up with a winning free MLB pick for the second game of the series between the Giants and Rockies.
San Francisco grabbed the 7-6 dubya in the series opener as -160 chalk at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review). As far as entertainment value goes, it was a great game with seven lead changes or ties; as far as the Rockies are concerned, the game stunk as the Giants won their 11th-straight in the rivalry and Colorado tumbled into the NL West basement with the loss.
The Series So Far
Listed as your probable pitchers for the second matchup in this 3-game set are Alex Cobb (2-1, 3.98) of the Giants and Chad Kuhl (3-1, 2.88) for the Rockies. This is a rematch of the series finale between the two teams last week in San Francisco, and the Giants are priced -160 or so with an 11½-run total favoring the ‘under.’
It was a little like watching two boxers exchange blows on Monday when the Giants and Rockies battled it out. San Francisco catcher Curt Casali socked two home runs and drove in four, and Mike Yastrzemski clubbed the winning solo shot in the ninth for the Giants, the clout coming off Colorado closer Daniel Bard who blew his 2nd-straight save opportunity.
The teams met last week in San Francisco where the Giants had their brooms ready for a 3-game dusting. San Francisco outscored the Rockies 24-8 in that series, all three of the contests going ‘over’ the totals courtesy of San Francisco sluggers who belted seven extra-base knocks among the 33 hits the Giants collected off Colorado pitchers.
The Giants have now won eight of their last 10 in Denver, with totals running 6-4 O/U in those contests. San Francisco increased its dominance over Colorado to 35-17 with the victory, that span stretching back to the start of the 2019 campaign.
Cobb and Kuhl Mound Rematch
Cobb had it going on and Kuhl did not when the two right-handers matched up a little more than a week ago at Oracle Park. Using 85 pitches to get one out into the sixth, Cobb surrendered just one run on three hits while striking out six to cash as pronounced -205 chalk – and higher – at the top-rated sportsbooks.
Prior to beating the Rockies, Cobb’s previous three assignments all ended up being San Francisco losses. It was during the string of defeats that Cobb spent some time on the shelf due to a Grade 1 abductor strain, and this will be his first time on the hill at Coors Field since he won an interleague matchup in 2013 while pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Kuhl struck out eight Giants last week, but also surrendered seven hits and needed 101 pitches to get two outs into the fifth. The University of Delaware product entered that contest with a sub-2.00 ERA before being charged with five runs in his 4.2 IP of work, and Kuhl has been solid in his two starts at Coors Field this season (2-0, 13.1 IP, 3 ER).
San Francisco got some good news on the injury front with the versatile Tommy La Stella making his season debut on Monday following offseason Achilles surgery. The Giants are also without reliever Jake McGee due to a back injury. A bad back is the reason Kris Bryant remains absent from the Rockies’ lineup.
The Umpire, The Weather, and The Pick
This umpire crew was over in Los Angeles for the Dodgers-Phillies series this past weekend, and it’s chief Paul Emmel’s turn again to call balls and strikes. Emmel’s plate assignments in 2022 have gone 2-4-1 O/U/P on the betting odds, and Tuesday night will be his time at the Coors Field dish since September 2017.
The low-70s, partly cloudy skies, and a light northerly breeze (in from center) is what the weatherman is calling for at first pitch. My forecast for Coors Field tonight is a free baseball pick on continued dominance by San Francisco with just enough runs to send the final past the scoreboard target.
MLB Pick: Over 11½ (+102) at Heritage Sports
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