free pick Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins 6-17-10

June 17, 2010


A winning streak will be on the line for the Minnesota Twins on Thursday when they battle the Colorado Rockies at Target Field.

Ace righthander Ubaldo Jimenez will take the mound for the Rockies to start this game. Jimenez is 12-1 this season with a 1.16 ERA.

It’ll be Francisco Liriano toeing the rubber for the Twins in this contest. Lefthander Liriano is 6-3 with a 2.90 ERA so far this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rockies listed as 115-moneyline favorites versus the Twins, while the game’s total is sitting at 6½.

Scott Baker tossed a two-hit shutout through seven innings with 12 strikeouts on Wednesday, as the Twins defeated the Rockies 2-1. The Twins won that game as -150 favorites, and the teams played UNDER the posted over/under (8.5) set by sportsbooks.

Danny Valencia went 2-for-3 with one RBI for the Twins, while Jon Rauch notched his 17th save.

Jhoulus Chacin was tagged with the loss, giving up seven hits and two runs over five innings in the loss.

Current streak:
Colorado has lost 2 straight games.
Minnesota has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Colorado: 33-32 SU
Minnesota: 38-27 SU

Colorado most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Milwaukee are 8-2
After playing Minnesota are 4-3
After a loss are 5-5

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 3-3
After playing Colorado are 5-2
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
Colorado is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
Colorado is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Colorado is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Colorado
Minnesota is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
Minnesota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Colorado

Next up:
Colorado home to Milwaukee, Friday, June 18
Minnesota at Philadelphia, Friday, June 18

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