Kyle Harrison will get the start for the Giants (70-70, 38-31 home) as they host the Rockies (51-88, 22-50 away) at Oracle Park. The Rockies will give the starting nod to Ty Blach. Check out my prediction for game one of this NL West matchup between the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants.
COLORADO ROCKIES VS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Colorado Rockies +1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Oracle Park at 10:15 ET on Friday, September 8th.
WHY BET THE COLORADO ROCKIES:
- Over their last five games on the road, Colorado is 3-2 against the runline.
- Against the runline, the Giants have gone just 3-7 in their last ten home games.
- In Ty Blach’s three most recent starts, the Rockies are 2-1.
COLORADO ROCKIES HAVE STRUGGLED AGAINST THE NL WEST
This year, the Rockies have put together a 66-73 record against the runline. On the road, their runline mark sits at 37-35. Straight-up, they are 51-88 and are 5th in the NL West. Lately, Colorado has had problems on the road, losing four straight series. The team’s over/under record for the season is 63-75.
Ty Blach will take the mound for the Rockies with a 2-1 record in 15 appearances. His ERA is 4.33, K/9 is 4.67, FIP is 4.91, and OBP is .352.
Ty Blach’s most recent start against the Blue Jays saw him surrender five runs on nine hits, but the Rockies still emerged victorious with an 8-7 scoreline. Despite the shaky performance, Blach earned the win.
In their five most recent games, the Rockies have put together a batting average of only .229, placing them 24th compared to the rest of the league. At 4.4 runs per game, Colorado is 18th in the MLB. This figure has come on a team batting average of .248 and OPS of .709 which has them 19th in baseball.
Nolan Jones has been a consistent presence in the Rockies’ lineup this season, boasting a .282 batting average and .514 slugging percentage. During the team’s last ten games, Jones has been on fire at the plate, leading Colorado in hits with a .369 average.
WILL THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
140 games into their season, the Giants are 3rd in the NL West on an overall record of 70-70. Against other teams in the NL West, San Francisco is 19-14 while their overall series win percent sits at 43%. At home, the Giants are 38-31 and 32-39 on the road.
Starter Kyle Harrison has had a mixed start to his 2023 season with the Giants, currently boasting a 1-1 record from three appearances. His ERA sits at 4.70, while his K/9 figure is 12.33. Harrison’s FIP is 5.93 and opponents are hitting .308 against him on-base percentage (OBP).
Kyle Harrison’s outing against the Padres was not successful, as he gave up six runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, resulting in a loss for the Giants.
With a season-long average of 4.2 runs per game, the Giants are the 21st ranked scoring offense this season. As a team, they are batting .237, with an OBP of .312. In San Francisco’s last ten games, they are 16th in home runs, having gone deep seven times in that span.
Thairo Estrada has been a consistent presence in the Giants’ lineup this season, boasting a .273 batting average and .412 slugging percentage. In the team’s last ten games, he has been particularly impressive, leading San Francisco with hits and hitting .267.