After being the underdog in the first two games of this series, the Rockies are now the favorites and for good reason. Colorado won the opener of this series before dropping Game Two last night and that makes this game rather important. Colorado is seven games behind the slumping Padres in the National League West and while that deficit may not be able to be come back from, the Wild Card race is wide open. The Rockies are 4.5 games back with San Francisco being three games up on them.
The Giants are hanging around in the division as they trail the Padres by four games but they have been unable to take advantage of the San Diego skid, which has now reached six games. San Francisco simply is not playing well and it has been unable to put any sort of run together. Since a four-game winning streak at the end of July and start of August, the Giants are only 11-15 in their last 26 games while winning consecutive games only three times. Get more baseball betting picks from Matt Fargo at Touthouse.com
One of the reasons have been struggles from their ace.
Tim Lincecum has hit a rough patch of late with four straight non-quality efforts. None have even been close to good as he has posted a dismal 9.00 ERA in those four games with the Giants going 0-4 in those games. He has had some trouble with Colorado this season as in two starts he is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA and 2.06 WHIP. Colorado has actually been his biggest nemesis throughout his career as he has the highest ERA against the Rockies of any team that he has made at least five starts against.
Colorado goes with its ace Ubaldo Jimenez and after a small bump in the road, he is mowing them down once again. After a six-game stretch where he posted a 7.64 ERA, Jimenez has since tossed six straight quality starts while putting up a 2.57 ERA over those games. He has been a tough luck loser as run support has fallen off but this is the prime opportunity for the Rockies to gets the bats going. His 2.31 road ERA is best in the National League for all qualified starters.
Colorado is 10-2 in its last 12 games following a loss as well as going 14-2 in Jimenez’ last 16 starts when coming off a loss in its previous game. 3* Colorado Rockies