In the second of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (83-77) and the Colorado Rockies (67-93) at AT&T Park, Jake Peavy (7-6, 3.66 ERA) and Chris Rusin (6-9, 5.37 ERA) get the ball. The Rockies won the last game 9-3 and Colorado leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 3 and will air on CSBy.
In his last start, Peavy pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out four and walking one in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers. The Rockies were victorious the last time Rusin pitched. He went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking three in a 12-5 victory over the Dodgers. Nolan Arenado (.287, 96 Rs, 42 HRs, 130 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Rockies, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
San Francisco, a -174 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Colorado. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Giants have a 46-34 record and overall money line at -43. They have a winless record (0-2) in games played as the favorite during their last 10 games. The Giants have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.3 runs per game. The Giants are a stellar hitting team with 9.2 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL. Don't expect the San Francisco hitters to swing wildly. They average only 7.2 strikeouts per game. San Francisco's pitching staff performs very well on its own field, recording a low 3.15 team ERA at home. The Giants are the best in the NL in hits allowed at home, giving up just 7.9 per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Rockies come into this game with a weak win percentage of .397 when playing as the underdog (48-73) and an overall money line of -1,309. Against divisional rivals, they are 31-43 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 23-34 record. The Rockies are the number one overall scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game so far. Colorado is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 504 extra base hits.
The Rockies have mostly come out on top against the Giants in their previous 17 games this season, earning a 10-7 record. The Giants will take on a left-hander (Rusin) in this game and have a 20-22 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Peavy. They sport a 57-64 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 6 games.
Colorado is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games.
Colorado is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Colorado's last 9 games when playing San Francisco.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing on the road against San Francisco.
Colorado is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against San Francisco.
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.
The Rockies are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Giants have a record of 26-24 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 48-16. The Giants have a 71-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, San Francisco has earned 690 this season. Colorado ranks fifth with 728 runs.
Ranking 27th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 385 this season. San Francisco ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 450.
The Giants are 57-28 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rockies are 56-53 when they hit at least one homer.