Chad Bettis (6-4, 4.78 ERA) and Jake Peavy (4-6, 4.38 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (56-78) and the San Francisco Giants (69-66) at Coors Field. The Giants lost the last game 2-1, continuing a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on RTRM and CSBy.
Bettis pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs and striking out four in a 5-4 defeat to the Diamondbacks. Nolan Arenado (.288, 81 Rs, 35 HRs, 103 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Peavy went 5.2 innings, surrendering four runs and striking out four in a 5-4 defeat to the Dodgers in his most recent start. Buster Posey (.324, 63 Rs, 16 HRs, 80 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
San Francisco is a slim -110 favorite over Colorado. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 11 runs. The Rockies have recorded an overall money line of -1,476 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 39-59. Colorado has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 16-25 and 21-33 as the underdog and SU respectively. The Rockies have no trouble scoring as they lead the NL in home offense with 5.5 runs per home game. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with a phenomenal 10.7 per game. Colorado's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.5 runs per game, well under their season average of 5.3.
In games where it is the favorite, San Francisco has a 39-29 record and an overall money line of -146. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games playing as the favorite, and have a 3-7 SU record over the same span. Offensively, they average 4.2 runs per game, which is good for fourth in the NL. The Giants are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the NL with 9.2 hits per game. San Francisco is excellent at not striking out with just 7.1 per game, ranking second in the NL. When it comes to issuing walks, the Giants have the fifth-fewest in the NL with an average of just 2.6 walks allowed per game.
The Rockies lead the season series, 9-5. The Rockies have a 50-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Peavy takes the mound. Bettis (RHP) will be on the hill against the Giants, who have a 52-49 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The Rockies hold a 22-33 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Giants' record in these matchups is 27-28.
Colorado has won 43% (26-34) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, San Francisco has won 59% (30-21) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Giants are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rockies have a 15-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 5-43. The Rockies have an 8-55 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, San Francisco has hit 110 this season. Colorado ranks sixth with 159 home runs.
Colorado and San Francisco both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Colorado sits at second with 9.29 hits per game and San Francisco ranks third with 9.16.
Ranking 13th, San Francisco is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.727). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .764.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 30-49, well-matched with the Rockies who are 28-59 when allowing at least one homer.