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MLB Betting Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants
September 17, 2023
This matchup features a team in a tightly contested Wild Card race against one of the worst teams in the National League when the San Francisco Giants travel to take on the Colorado Rockies in game four of a four-game series in which the Rockies have won the first three games including a 5-2 win in game three of the series on Saturday. Will the Rockies complete the four-game series sweep at home or will the Giants end their three-game losing streak? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.
The San Francisco Giants enter this game with a record of 75-74 which puts them 15 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1
place in the NL West and 2 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. San Francisco has compiled a record of 5-10 in September and is on a three-game losing streak which includes a 2-5 loss on the road against the Colorado Rockies in game three of the series. One of the runs came in the 2
inning when Patrick Bailey scored off a base hit from Mike Yastrzemski.
Colorado enters this game with the worst record in the National League with a record of 56-92 which puts them 34 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1
place in the NL West and 21 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. The Rockies have compiled a record of 7-8 in September but are on a three-game winning streak which includes Saturday’s 5-2 win at home against the San Francisco Giants in game three of the series. Two of the runs came in the 1
inning when Ezequiel Tovar scored off a double hit by Kris Bryant.
BookMaker has the San Francisco Giants listed as -170 money line favorites on the road against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon in game four of the series. San Francisco has won six of the last ten and has won by an average margin of .6 runs in those matchups while the Rockies have won the previous three matchups in a row by an average margin of 2.67 runs per game in those contests.
San Francisco will have a slight advantage at pitcher on Sunday as the Giants will send Sean Manaea to the mound while the Rockies will send Chris Flexen to the mound for game four of the series. Manaea is 5-6 this season with a 4.80 ERA while recording 115 strikeouts while Flexen is 1-7 on the year with an ERA of 7.22 and has recorded 65 strikeouts.
Sean Manaea is 1-1 with a no-decision in his last three starts this season while allowing a total of four runs while recording eight strikeouts in those matchups with his last start coming at home against the Cleveland Guardians in which Manea allowed one run while recording five strikeouts in a loss.
In his last three starts this season, Chris Flexen is 0-1 with two no-decisions while allowing 13 runs and recording eight strikeouts in those starts with his last start coming at home against the Chicago Cubs in which Flexen allowed three runs and five strikeouts in a no-decision.
San Francisco has been the better team this season, however, Colorado has been the better team most recently in the series, winning the previous three matchups in a row while winning by an average margin of 2.67 runs per game in those contests. I look for this to be a tightly contested game which is why I am taking the run line for the Colorado Rockies at +1.5 for game four of the series on BookMaker.
Spooky Express Pick: Colorado Rockies Run Line +1.5 (-110)
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