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Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies Free MLB Pick

Time: 8:40 PM EST Thursday August 14, 2014 ROOT

Location: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Rockies host the Cincinnati Reds in a National League match up.

In their last games: The Rockies lost to the San Diego Padres 5-3 and the Reds lost to the Boston Red Sox 5-4.

San Diego’s Rymer Liriano hit his first Major League HR in the Padres’ 5-3 win over the Rockies.

Boston’s Mike Napoli hit the go ahead 2-run HR in the 5th inning in the Red Sox 5-4 win over the Reds.

The Reds are 2-1 facing the Rockies this season.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Reds are 9-3 in Alfredo Simon’s last 12 road starts.

The Rockies are 1-4 in Jorge De La Rosa’s last 5 starts.

In the last 8 games between these 2 teams the Over record is 6-1-1.

The Rockies are 20-8 in their last 28 home games against the Reds.

Pitching Match Up

Cincinnati: Alfredo Simon (12-7, 3.08 ERA)
Colorado: Jorge De La Rosa (11-8, 4.34 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Cincinnati +106 /Colorado -116
Run Line: Colorado -1.5 +165
Total Line: Under 9.5 -105

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

Cincinnati Reds: 60-60 SU / O/U 52-64 / Run Line W/L 63-57
Colorado Rockies: 46-74 SU / OU 59-50 / Run Line W/L 59-61

Key Betting Trends

• CINCY is 4-11 in their last 15 road games.
• CINCY is 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
• CINCY has an Over record of 3-1-1 in their last 5 road games.
• COL is 12-39 in their last 51 overall.
• COL is 0-4 in their last 4 games as a home favorite.
• COL has an Over record of 3-1-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter.

Key Player Injuries

REDS

Trevor Bell Right elbow inflammation on 60-day DL(4/8)
Sean Marshall Left shoulder surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(6/11)
Logan Ondrusek Strained right shoulder on 15-day DL(7/13)
Brandon Phillips Left thumb surgery – out 6-8 weeks on 15-day DL(7/11)
Joey Votto Strained left quadriceps on 15-day DL(7/6)

ROCKIES

Brett Anderson Lower back surgery – out for season on 15-day DL(8/6)
Christian Bergman Fractured left thumb – out 6-8 weeks on 60-day DL(6/21)
Jhoulys Chacin Right shoulder inflammation on 60-day DL(6/29)
Tyler Chatwood Right elbow tightness on 60-day DL(4/30)
Michael Cuddyer Strained left shoulder on 60-day DL(6/6)
Carlos Gonzalez Left knee patella tendinitis on 15-day DL(8/9)
Troy Tulowitzki Left hip surgery – out for season on 15-day DL(7/20)

Money Line Pick:

The Reds have lost 4 of 5 have been a poor 9-16 since the break. Reds’ starter Afredo Simon has been great on the road this season overall with a 7-3 won/lost mark and a 2.89 ERA. He is coming off of a poor road outing that saw him allow 5 runs in 5 innings against the Indians in Cleveland and overall he has just one QS in his last 5 starts. Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa has back to back mediocre starts, but both were on the road. He’s been much better at home with a record of 7-2 and ERA of 3.23 an has recorded a QS in his last 3 at home.

Take the Colorado Rockies -116

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