In the first of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (83-76) and the Colorado Rockies (66-93) at AT&T Park, Chris Heston (12-10, 3.62 ERA) and Kyle Kendrick (6-13, 6.54 ERA) get the start. The game gets underway at 10:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 2 and will air on RTRM and CSBy.
In his most recent outing, Heston pitched 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out three and walking two in a 5-4 victory over the Athletics. The Rockies were unsuccessful the last time Kendrick pitched. He did not do well, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out two and walking three in an 8-6 loss to the Dodgers. Nolan Arenado (.286, 94 Rs, 41 HRs, 127 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
San Francisco is a -155 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Giants are 46-33 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +98. They have struggled as the favorite over their last 10 games, going 0-1. The Giants come into the game with the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.3 runs per game. The Giants lead the NL in hits with 9.2 per game. 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 3.08 team ERA at home. The Giants don't give up many hits at home to opposing batters at AT&T Park, leading the NL with only 7.9 hits allowed per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the Rockies come into this game with a weak win percentage of .395 when playing as the underdog (47-72) and an overall money line of -1,340. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 3-7 record. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. Colorado is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 498 extra base hits.
The Rockies have gotten the better of the Giants in head-to-head matchups this season, going 9-7. The Giants will take on a right-hander (Kendrick) in this game and have a 63-54 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Heston. They sport a 56-64 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The Giants hold a 37-36 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Rockies' record in these matchups is 30-43.
The Giants managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rockies who are coming in with a 19-21 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 5-50. The Rockies have an 11-68 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, San Francisco has hit 133 this season. Colorado ranks seventh with 182 home runs.
San Francisco ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.20 per game this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 9.15.
Ranking 11th, San Francisco is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.734). Colorado ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .750.
The Rockies are 34-71 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Giants are 38-55 when they allow at least one homer.