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On 06/15/2014 02:17 PM in MLB


Colorado/San Francisco over 3.5 -115:
Colorado (33-35) used another late comeback winning its second straight over San Francisco (43-26) and 4th consecutive triumph overall. The Rockies used Brandon Barnes' two-run, inside-the-park homer off closer Sergio Romo in the ninth inning Saturday for a 5-4 victory. In Friday's opener, the Rockies got five runs off Romo in the ninth for a 7-4 win. Rex Brothers struck out the side in the 8th picking up his 3rd win and Latroy Hawkins earned his 13th save by pitching a perfect 9th.

The Rockies send a struggling Juan Nicasio (5-5 5.70) to the hill. Nicasio has been especially hit hard over his last 3 outings, all losses. The 27 year old Dominican righty has given up 22 runs on 31 hits over his last 13 2/3 innings (14.45) and could be pitching this afternoon for his starting spot in the rotation those close to manager Walt Weiss and the organization speculate. Nicasio faces a Giants lineup hitting just .251 overall and averaging about 4.3 runs per contest. They do have a balance of power as their 71 HR rank second to Colorado's 85. Angel Pagan (.307 3 19) leads SF in hitting along with 11 steals and is back in the lineup after missing the past 2 games with leg soreness. Michael Morse (.291 13 44) is tops on the club in production and is 9 for 19 (.426) hitting safely over his last 5 games. Hunter Pence (.299 9 25) homered yesterday and has 7 hits in his last 12 plate appearances (.583). Buster Posey (.269 9 32) has just one dinger since early May and is battling a 7 for 33 slump (.212). Pablo Sandoval (.257 8 28) is 9 for his last 22 (.409) but is nowhere near putting up the numbers compatible to his career. Brandon Belt (.264 9 18) has been injured with a fractured thumb since early May but has resumed baseball activities. He could begin a rehab assignment as early as next week.

San Francisco looks to avoid the sweep by sending Madison Bumgarner (8-4 2.67) to the mound this afternoon. Despite losing his first decision since late April in a 2-1 loss to Washington last week, he's yielded just 3 ER over his last 22 IP. He has an opportunity to tie for the lead in NL wins facing a Colorado lineup that is hitting .286 and 5 runs per contest, both tops in the majors. Troy Tulowitzki (.355 17 43) is back in the lineup after a toe injury leading the NL in batting and second in HR behind Miami's Giancarlo Stanton. Charlie Blackmon (.301 12 44) is making quite an impact out of the lead-off spot and ranks 4th in the NL in RBI. Justin Morneau (.299 11 42) is 12 for 29 (.413 over the past week following a 2 for 26 slump (.077). Nolan Arenado (.305 6 28) is out with a fracture in his middle finger until at least early July but has not undergone surgery. Carlos Gonzalez (.255 8 31) could be sidelined for at least the next month due to a trauma related tumor in his finger. So while the offense has responded over the last week, there are numerous injuries including Michael Cuddyer (.317 5 16) that could be an obstacle in the quest for the postseason. Cuddyer continues to nurse an injured shoulder that will keep him a sling over the next 6 weeks.

We get a fair price this afternoon considering the first 2 games of this series have featured late inning multi-run comebacks in a venue that usually favors pitchers. McCovey's cove has been a hitter's delight for lefties, however the challenge remains for right handed batters towards left and left center. With the wind blowing out providing a cool breeze for balls hit straight away, the ball does tend to carry better in AT & T Park alleviating long distances from home plate. If Nicasio continues his stumbling ways he is going to need tons of run support to return to the winner's circle. Consequently, Bumgarner faces the league's top bats and could be in for a long afternoon if he doesn't economize his innings. Le'ts hope we can break out of this slump and jump back on the winning trail this afternoon. Best of luck however you play!

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