The San Francisco Giants (84-77) finish up the regular season against the Colorado Rockies (66-96) as Matt Cain (2-4, 6.31 ERA) and Christian Bergman (3-1, 4.68 ERA) will take the hill at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 3-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 4 and can be seen on RTRM and CSBy.
Cain pitched 2.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs in a 14-10 defeat to the Athletics. Bergman went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Nolan Arenado (.287, 96 Rs, 42 HRs, 130 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for San Francisco and Colorado are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, San Francisco has a record of 37-37 SU. The Giants have no trouble scoring as they rank fifth in the NL in offense with 4.3 runs per game. The Giants are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 9.2 per game. San Francisco's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.2 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses that come to AT&T Park have been stifled by the Giants, who have a team ERA of only 3.15 at home. The Giants are the top team in the NL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.9 hits per contest to their opponents this season.
The Rockies are 31-43 against NL West foes. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Rockies have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 507 extra base hits.
The Rockies lead the season series, 10-8. The Giants have a 63-55 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bergman takes the mound. Cain (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have a 57-64 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF
The Giants are 38-37 against their divisional rivals, while the Rockies are 31-44 against their division.
Colorado has won 44% (31-40) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, San Francisco has won 63% (39-23) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in seven hits, the Rockies need to step it up. The Giants have a record of 55-19 when opponents get seven hits or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 48-17. The Giants have a 71-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th, San Francisco is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 693 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with 730.
Ranking 27th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 386 this season. San Francisco ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 453.
The Giants are 58-28 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rockies are 56-54 when they hit at least one homer.