In the second of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (55-78) and the San Francisco Giants (69-65) at Coors Field, Jorge De La Rosa (8-6, 4.40 ERA) and Chris Heston (11-8, 3.56 ERA) take the mound. The Giants lost the last game 11-3, extending a six-game losing streak. The game starts at 8:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 4 and will air on RTRM and CSBy.
In his most recent outing, De La Rosa pitched 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-0 victory over the Pirates. Carlos Gonzalez (.276, 75 Rs, 35 HRs, 84 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 4 for 5 with three runs, two home runs, and four RBIs. The Giants were unsuccessful to the Cardinals 7-5 the last time Heston pitched. He went 3.2 innings, allowing five runs and striking out one.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 10 runs. The Rockies have an SU record of 21-33 against teams in their division. The Rockies come into the game with the NL's top ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.5 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with 10.7 per game. Colorado's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 3.5 during that span, compared to its 5.3 season average.
Against divisional opponents, the Giants are 27-27 SU. The Giants rank fourth in the NL in scoring, averaging 4.2 runs per game. San Francisco is one of the top hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.2 hits per contest. The Giants average just 7.1 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the NL. Switching gears to San Francisco's pitching staff, they allow just 2.6 walks per game, fifth-best in the NL.
The Rockies have mostly come out on top against the Giants in their previous 13 games this season, earning an 8-5 record. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Heston) in this game and have a 50-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed De La Rosa will take the mound against the Giants, who have a 17-16 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
Colorado is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 7 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing San Francisco.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games when playing at home against San Francisco.
San Francisco recorded at least two errors for the ninth time this season.
The Rockies are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 11 runs. The Giants have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
The Rockies are coming into the game with two consecutive wins, while the Giants currently have a losing streak of six.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 43-15. The Giants have a 60-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th, San Francisco sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 569 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 605.
Ranking 26th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 315 this season. San Francisco ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 366.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 46-45. When the Giants hit at least one homer, they have a 47-24 record.