With two straight wins in this series, the Giants have pulled into the second NL Wild Card spot. They will look to take the series finale on Thursday, winning three of four from Colorado, as Yusmeiro Petit takes the mound for the Giants. Colorado will counter with Jordan Lyles. The Giants are still within striking distance of the Dodgers in the NL West as they sit just five games out of first in the standings. We like the host Giants to win this game and the series.

Giants playing well as August switches to September

With the final month of the season right around the corner, the Giants are starting to make a move in the standings. They have already taken over the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their next two goals are to fend off the teams chasing them and to overtake the top spot in the Wild Card from the St. Louis Cardinals. San Francisco is just one game behind the Cardinals for that top spot.

Rockies mired in horrific season at bottom of the West

Colorado has the distinction of having the worst record in the National League and the second-worst record in the Majors. The Rockies will ask Jordan Lyles to win the series finale so they can split this four-game series with their division rivals. Lyles is 6-1 this season, but has an ERA over four. The Rockies have nothing left to play for this season except for pride, and that might not even be enough to finish the year on a good note.

Placing our bet Thursday afternoon on the Rockies and Giants game should be an easy decision to make. We will wager 10 percent of our bankroll on the Giants and the -200 money line at Sportsbook.ag as they take three of four from Colorado at home.

Rockies vs Giants 8-28-14