Two teams that have flourished this month due to interleague play are set to battle in a three-game series.
Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Angels
Colorado finished its recent six-game home stand with a 4-2 record, after suffering a 13-11 loss to the Boston Red Sox last night. The Rockies now have a 8-4 interleague mark heading to face the red-hot Los Angeles Angels (+440). “That’s a real good team that’s generating some steam for itself, and doing it in a similar fashion that we’re doing it in that they’re not at full strength right now,” manager Jim Tracy said. He’s referring to the fact that the Angels have been playing without 1B Kendry Morales and his club has been missing star SS Troy Tulowitzki to a broken wrist since June 17. Colorado has lost 14 of their past 18 meetings with the Halos.
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Colorado and San Francisco play the final game of a three-game series on Wednesday night, with the home team looking to avoid being swept for just the second time at AT&T Park.
Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
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Saturday MLB Handicapper Report – (Complete)
- Baltimore would capture its first road series victory of the year with a win today or tomorrow. The Orioles are 0-9-1 in road series since September 11-13, 2009.
- The Orioles are now 13-12 in the all-time series against Washington. They won the season series in 2009, 4-2, taking two of three in D.C.
- OF Adam Jones has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, going 18-for-53 and raising his average from .218 to .254.
- Baltimore is 10-20 this year against right-handed starters (-710). The team has compiled a .257 batting average against righties while scoring 3.7 runs per game.
- Pitching staff has allowed at least one run in the eighth inning or later in 24 of their 43 games this season. The Orioles have allowed the tying or go-ahead run to score in the eighth inning or later 10 times.
- SP Brad Bergesen has allowed just 22 runners in 19.1 innings in his last three starts, compared to 27 runners in 10.1 innings of work in his first three starts of the season.
- Bergesen is just 1-5 with a 4.45 ERA in his career away from Camden Yards.
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The Rockies are a game below .500, and they haven’t exactly been the model of consistency this year, but there sure are reasons to be optimistic. The biggest reason for that is something that hasn’t been a strength for them for a long time – their pitching. They obviously have Ubaldo Jimenez – the second best pitcher in a ridiculous strong cast of National League pitchers so far this year. His ERA is a ridiculous 0.93, and he has been absolutely ferocious. He has lost just once, and that was in a seven inning, one run game in which his team totally let him down offensively. I expected him t be very good this year, and he has exceeded all expectations.
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The Raptors just can’t catch a break. They are just barely hanging on to a playoff spot – one that is worthless anyway because it just means they’ll get crushed by the Cavs – and now they have to try to hold off the Bulls without Chris Bosh. Bosh tried to eat Antawn Jamison’s elbow last night. The hit wasn’t intentional, but it was so hard that he smashed his face, broke bones, and will be missing some time. The Raptors are lousy with Bosh, and without him they are impossibly bad. It’s possible that Bosh has played his last game for Toronto. What a pathetic organization the Raptors have turned into.
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