Tim Lincecum (7-4, 3.86 ERA) and Chris Rusin (3-2, 5.03 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (40-35) and the Colorado Rockies (33-40) at AT&T Park. The Rockies won the last game 8-6 and Colorado leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 27 and can be seen on ROOT-RM and CSN-BAY.
Lincecum is 11-10 with a 3.96 ERA in his appearances against the Rockies, and goes up against a good Colorado offense which is batting .271 this season. Joe Panik (.316, 38 Rs, 6 HRs, 30 RBIs, 3 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one RBI. Against the Giants, Rusin is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and three strikeouts. Nolan Arenado (.290, 46 Rs, 22 HRs, 64 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rockies, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
San Francisco is a -148 favorite against Colorado and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Giants have an overall money line of +257 and a record as the favorite of 18-21. Within its division, San Francisco has a 6-14 record as favorite and a 20-21 record SU. The Giants have no trouble scoring as they rank fifth in the NL in offense with 4.2 runs per game. The Giants lead the NL in hits with an impressive 9.3 per game. San Francisco's batters do not strike out very often, with only 6.8 per game. Crossing over to the pitching and defensive side, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Giants. The 3.4 runs that San Francisco's pitchers allow per home game makes them the fifth-ranked NL staff at home. The Giants are the fourth-best team in the NL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.3 hits per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Colorado has a 25-26 record and an overall money line of -483. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 13-15 record against NL West rivals, and a 4-6 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.6 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Rockies have a dynamic offense, ranking fifth in the league with 229 extra base hits. The Rockies allow 5.1 runs per game, but does worse whenever another team from the NL West Division is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 6.0 against division foes.
The Rockies have controlled the season series, 7-3. The Giants have a 10-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Rusin takes the mound. Lincecum (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have a 29-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The Giants are 20-22 against their divisional rivals, while the Rockies are 16-22 against their division.
When the Giants play into extra innings, they have a 3-2 record. The Rockies are 1-4 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rockies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are heading in with a 6-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 24-6. The Giants have a 35-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th in runs, San Francisco has earned 316 this season. Colorado ranks fifth with 336 runs.
Ranking 27th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 168 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 15th with 221.
The Giants are 27-12 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rockies are 30-21 when they hit at least one homer.