In the first of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (40-34) and the Colorado Rockies (40-34) at AT&T Park, Tim Hudson (5-6, 4.52 ERA) and Chad Bettis (3-2, 3.44 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 10:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 26 and will air on ROOT-RM and CSN-BAY.
Hudson is 5-4 with a 4.82 ERA against the Rockies in his career, and is up against a solid Colorado offense that's hitting .269 on the year. Buster Posey (.293, 37 Rs, 11 HRs, 48 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs and three RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Giants, Bettis is 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA. He meets a strong San Francisco offense that's batting .269. Nolan Arenado (.287, 44 Rs, 20 HRs, 60 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
San Francisco, a -148 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Colorado. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Giants have a 17-21 record and overall money line at +157. They are 1-3 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Within their division, San Francisco's offense has been struggling. San Francisco has only averaged 3.5 runs per game compared to its 4.1 season average. The Giants are an exceptional 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 an NL-low 6.8 strikeouts per game. San Francisco's pitching staff performs very well on its own field, recording a low 2.98 team ERA at home. The Giants don't give up many hits to opposing batters at AT&T Park, ranking fourth in the NL with only 8.2 hits allowed per home game.
Switching gears, the Rockies come into this game with a win percentage of .480 when playing as the underdog (24-26) and an overall money line of -597. Against divisional opponents, they are 14-22 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 12-15 record. Colorado has been playing better lately, averaging 5.7 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.5. The top hitting team in the NL are the Rockies, who average 9.2 hits per game. Colorado's pitching staff tends to perform poorly when they play division rivals. They've allowed an average of 6.1 runs per game against teams from the NL West, higher than their season average of 5.1.
The Rockies have mostly come out on top against the Giants in their previous nine games this season, earning a 6-3 record. The Giants will take on a right-hander (Bettis) in this game and have a 29-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Hudson. They sport a 28-30 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The Giants hold a 20-21 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Rockies' record in these matchups is 15-22.
The Giants are 3-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rockies are 1-4 in such matchups.
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 6-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 23-6. The Giants have a 35-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th, San Francisco is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 310 this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 328.
Ranking 28th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 166 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 15th with 216.
The Giants are 27-11 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rockies are 29-21 when they hit at least one homer.