Rockies vs. Giants Odds and Preview

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants Betting preview July 5th,2016

The San Francisco Giants are the MLB betting favorites to defeat the Colorado Rockies again and continue their dominance of the National League West division. Here are the odds for people who want to bet on baseball on tonight’s game:

Rockies +1½ (-115) 7 (-115) +210
Giants -1½ (-105) 7 (-105) -230

Last night the Giants beat the Rockies 3-1 with two homeruns from Buster Posey and Angel Pagan (oxymoron much?). Posey tied the game one run apiece in the second inning with his 10th homer of the season – a department in which he leads his team along with Brandon Belt. In the third, Pagan followed-up a single from Ruben Tejada with his very one homerun, in the process driving his 15th run in the last 13 games. Colorado lost its sixth game in a row and dropped to eight games below .500. Additionally, the Rockies have scored only three runs and struck out 49 times (including eight on Monday) as they lost the first four games of their current road trip.

Leftie Madison Bumgarner will start tonight for the Giants. This will be Bumgarner’s 18th start of the 2016 season. Bumgarner has allowed only three earned runs in 13 1/3 innings in two starts against the Rockies this year. In his last start – a win versus the Oakland Athletics – he was charged with four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings and allowed two home runs, but did not walk a batter and struck out four. San Francisco is 12-4 with Bumgarner pitching. Colorado will start Tyler Chatwood for the first time since the right-handed pitcher injured his back on June 18th. Chatwood is 5-0 on the road with a 1.25 ERA, which bodes well for the Rockies’ MLB betting chances.

San Francisco entered Monday with 16 blown save opportunities, one fewer than the Cincinnati Reds. Manager Bruce Bochy will rely on Sergio Romo to keep than number from going up. Romo is back from the disabled list after recovering from a right flexor strain. On the other hand, 2nd baseman Joe Panik will be out with a concussion until after the All Star break. Thus, the Giants will keep either Grant Green or Ramiro Pena on second – so that’s what’s on second. For the Rockies, shortstop Trevor Story returned to the starting lineup last night after an injured finger kept him out of action versus the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend.

The San Francisco Giants lead the NL West with a 53-32 record (.624). The Giants have the National League’s second best winning percentage only behind the Chicago Cubs. Conversely, the Colorado Rockies are third in the division with a 37-45 record (.451). The Rockies are 14.5 games behind the Giants. Those are a few of the reasons that make San Francisco the MLB betting favorite and Colorado the underdog for people who bet on baseball. However, Chatwood is expected to turn up his use of the changeup, which he resorted to in his rehab start.