Monday, August 24, 2009

MLB Betting - Giants To Earn Split With Rockies

As the NFL odds start to take over the attention in the online betting world, there are some great baseball races that are going to go down to the wire in September. One of those races will be the Nationl League Wild Card, which features two NL West teams that are neck-in-neck.

The Colorado Rockies had a two-game lead on the Giants in the Wild Card race entering the weekend but after winning two of the first three games, the Rockies lead has expanded to two games. If the Giants can win tonight, the lead will be back to where it started on Friday.

Surprisingly, the Rockies and Giants have both caught up to Los Angeles Dodgers, who at one point had an insurmountable lead. The Rockies are just 3.5 games back while the Giants are 6.5.

San Francisco Giants @ Colorado Rockies

Barry Zito vs Jason Marquis

Some people might not believe that Jason Marquis not only has 14 wins on the season but is tied for the National League league in that category. While Marquis will attempt to become the NL’s first 15-game winner, he’s had two very different results against the Giants this season.

Baseball sports betting handicappers should note that in his first start, he earned a complete game victory back on May 2nd but on May 7th, he gave up seven runs in just six innings of work. Marquis has actually pitched better on the road this year than at home and the main reason has been his WHIP. At home, it’s at 1.42 but on the road, that number drops to 1.17.

Marquis will take on Zito, who may be one of the most overpaid players in sports but at least he’s been pitching somewhat to standard recently. The Giants have won five of his last seven starts, mostly in part to his solid pitching. Zito has given up just 11 earned runs in his last 42 innings pitched (2.36 ERA) while striking out 34 batters and walking just 12.

In his only start against the Rockies this year, Zito pitched seven shutout innings while allowing just three baserunners.

Although the Rockies are at home, the Giants need the win a little more just to keep pace. Behind Zito, look for them to get the job done.

Sports Betting System Pick: Giants


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