San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies
When/Where: Wednesday, 8:40 p.m. ET, Coors Field, Denver
Moneylines: Rockies -110, Giants Ev Money; total: 12
The San Francisco Giants continue to fall back in the NL West Division race. They play their final game of the season at division-rival Colorado on Wednesday night. It’s not exactly a stellar pitching matchup from Coors Field so as usual the total there is the highest on the board.
Giants Struggling Since Break
San Francisco dropped the opener of this series 6-0, managing just two hits off Chad Bettis, who isn’t exactly Cy Young. This is the first time the Giants have been held to four or fewer hits in five straight games since 1913. The Giants had the best record in baseball at the break but have gone a major league-worst 16-31 since then, lost their lead in the NL West and are now trying to hang on to a wild-card spot. San Francisco has just 36 homers since the break and is hitting .219 (91-for-416) with runners in scoring position in the second half. The team hit .263 with RISP in the first half. San Francisco goes with Albert Suarez (3-3, 4.29) here. He has bounced between the rotation and bullpen this year. Last time out, he went five innings and allowed two runs and three hits in a loss at the Cubs. He had to be lifted for a pinch-hitter after throwing 88 pitches in five innings. He’s 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA in eight games (five starts) on the road this season. Suarez has pitched 6.0 innings in relief vs. the Rockies this year and allowed three runs and six hits. Nolan Arenado is 1-for-2 off him with an RBI. So is Charlie Blackmon. Carlos Gonzalez is 0-for-2.
Rockies Bashing As Usual
Colorado could sweep the top hitting categories in the National League this year. Entering Tuesday, DJ LeMahieu leads the NL in batting at .344 and Arenado is tied for the lead with the Cubs’ Kris Bryant with 36 homers while leading the NL by far in RBIs at 117. The Rockies are the first team to have three separate players lead the National League in each of the three Triple Crown categories for a single month (August) since the Dodgers accomplished the feat in September of 2014. Colorado is the only team in the majors with a positive run differential and a losing record. Here, they go with lefty Jorge De La Rosa (8-7, 4.88). He took a no-decision last time out, allowing five runs but none earned over five innings against Arizona. He gave up seven hits and walked four. Colorado has won his past three starts. He is 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA in three outings against the Giants this year. Buster Posey is 11-for-39 career off him with four doubles, two homers and nine RBIs. Hunter Pence is 8-for-26 with two homers and seven RBIs. Brandon Crawford is 5-for-25 with nine strikeouts. Denard Span is 4-for-10.
Posted Wed 09-07-16 @ 2:44p.m. EST