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Rockies vs Giants Picks and Odds (April 9)

Jordan Horrobin

by Jordan Horrobin in MLB Baseball

Apr 8, 2021 · 9:28 PM PDT

Buster Posey running out of the batter's box
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey watches his solo home run during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • The Rockies and Giants open a three-game series at Oracle Park on Friday, April 9, at 4:35 pm ET
  • San Francisco celebrates its home opener, a limited-capacity sellout, while facing Colorado for the first time this season
  • For the odds, matchup analysis, and best bets, check out the article below

Nearly 9,000 fans are expected to attend Oracle Park on Friday for the San Francisco Giants’ home opener against the Colorado Rockies (4:35 pm ET first pitch). There they’ll see Austin Gomber take the mound for the Rockies, opposite Giants veteran Johnny Cueto.

The Giants just took two of three against the vaunted San Diego Padres, while the Rockies did the same against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For Friday, the Giants are favored on the moneyline.

Rockies vs Giants Odds

Team Moneyline Runline  Run Total at DraftKings
Colorado Rockies +125 +1.5 (-177) Over 8 (-120)
San Francisco Giants -148 -1.5 (+148) Under 8 (-103)

Odds as of April 8th.

About Last Night

Thursday was an off-day for the Giants, which is always a good thing for the bullpen (even though we’re only through one week of the season). The bullpen that could use a break, though, is the one belonging to the Rockies.

Colorado’s relievers are second in the majors in innings pitched (31), and they’ve struggled to a 5.81 ERA so far. That puts added pressure on starter Austin Gomber to go deep and give Colorado some effective innings.

On Thursday, Colorado didn’t have to use its bullpen too much, thanks to Jon Gray’s strong outing. And offense hasn’t lacked much for the Rockies lately, as they have 29 hits in their past three games.

Rockies Career Stats vs Johnny Cueto

Charlie Blackmon 30 1 4 .367
C.J. Cron 0 0 0 .000
Elias Diaz 3 0 2 .333
Josh Fuentes 3 0 1 .667
Garrett Hampson 2 0 0 .000
Sam Hilliard 2 0 0 .500
Ryan McMahon 3 0 1 .333
Chris Owings 15 0 3 .267
Trevor Story 24 2 6 .292
Raimel Tapia 7 0 0 .143

No Book on Gomber

Austin Gomber might not be the most popular man in Colorado, but it’s not his fault. The left-hander was shipped to Denver this past offseason in a trade that sent perennial all-star Nolan Arenado to St Louis.

Gomber’s first start for the Rockies was a disaster. He walked seven and allowed three runs (one earned) in just three innings of work against the Dodgers. Though one can’t expect him to walk that volume of batters on a regular basis, walks have been an issue in his young career (4.5 walks per nine in 107 career innings).

The good news for Gomber is that the Giants have almost zero experience against him. Curt Casali, a former Cincinnati Red, has seen Gomber once. That’s it. Perhaps he can capitalize on the Giants’ inexperience against him — if he can throw strikes, that is.

Giants Career Stats vs Austin Gomber

Brandon Belt 0 0 0 .000
Curt Casali 1 0 0 .000
Brandon Crawford 0 0 0 .000
Alex Dickerson 0 0 2 .000
Wilmer Flores 0 0 0 .000
Tommy La Stella 0 0 0 .000
Evan Longoria 0 0 0 .000
Buster Posey 0 0 0 .000
Austin Slater 0 0 0 .000
Donovan Solano 0 0 0 .000

Recent Matchups

These teams haven’t met yet this season, but in their final 10 matchups of 2020, the Rockies went 6-4. That includes two wins in games started by Cueto.

And while it’s true Cueto was awful in two starts against Colorado last season, his career numbers against the Rockies are much better (9-4, 3.16 ERA). We like a rested Giants team to outshine Gomber and the Rockies.

Pick: San Francisco Giants (-148)

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