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Giants vs. Rockies Pick MLB – Sept 6th

It may not have unfolded exactly as prescribed, but we got an easy winner yesterday nonetheless.  Adam Wainwright wasn’t sharp but his offense more than backed him up as the Cardinals dealt a mighty blow to the Pirates teetering postseason hopes with a resounding 12-6 victory in PNC Park.  The Cardinals road successes continued and they will be looking to put even more distance between them and their NL Central rivals as the series rolls on this evening.

Meanwhile, things keep on rolling in the Windy City.  The pushed their record to a staggering 89-48 behind yet another brilliant performance from Kyle Hendricks, who turned in another six innings of one-run baseball to keep his unlikely Cy Young campaign in good shape.  How good are the Cubs?  There is a really good chance they will intentionally hand the ball to a Cy Young winner in GAME THREE of their opening round playoff series… not bad.

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Today’s Free Pick:

San Francisco Giants +115 at Colorado Rockies -125 (Total: 11.5)

Jeff Samardzija (11-9, 4.06 ERA) vs. Tyler Anderson (5-5, 3.43 ERA)

The Giants offensive struggles are reaching epic proportions as they went a fifth straight game with four or less hits yesterday – the longest such streak for the Giants since the 1800’s.  Their offense is sputtering in unprecedented ways, and even a day in Coors Field couldn’t help them get rolling yesterday in a 6-0 loss.  It is likely at SOME point, they regain their competence, but setting a run total at nearly a dozen right now, even with Samardzija’s struggles, feels a bit ambitious.

Plus, Samardzija has shown some signs of coming around in his last three outings.  He has a 2.50 ERA with 16 strikeouts in his last three starts.  His opponent, Tyler Anderson, has also been decent lately with a 3.44 ERA and even more impressively, a 23 to 5 strikeout to walk ratio.  It’s always helpful to miss some bats in the Mile High Air of Coors Field; both will be trying to do so tonight.

It is just really difficult to bet an OVER when it is fair to assume the Giants would need to be responsible for at least four or five of the runs after a week of misery.  I’ll take both starters to be good enough to keep this game in a reasonable constraint and keep the run total under the lofty 11.5 total.

Free Pick:  Run TOTAL UNDER 11.5