In the last of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (16-25) and the San Francisco Giants (16-25) at Coors Field, Chad Bettis (0-0, 5.73 ERA) and Tim Hudson (2-3, 4.01 ERA) get the ball. The Rockies won the last game 5-3 and San Francisco leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 24 and will air on CSN-BAY and ROOT-RM.
Bettis is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA against the Giants in his career, and is up against a solid San Francisco offense that's hitting .273 on the year. DJ LeMahieu (.331, 16 Rs, 2 HRs, 21 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. In his career against the Rockies, Hudson is 5-3 with a 4.30 ERA. He meets a strong Colorado offense that's batting .267. Brandon Crawford (.301, 23 Rs, 6 HRs, 31 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Colorado is a small +100 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 10 runs. The Rockies have a losing record of 10-16 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -878. They have not performed well against their division, earning an SU record of 9-19 and a 7-13 record when they were the underdog. The Rockies come into the game with the NL's fourth-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 4.7 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Rockies are a superb hitting team with an NL-best 10.0 hits per home game. Don't expect the Colorado hitters to swing wildly in their own ballpark. They average only 6.5 strikeouts per home game. Colorado's pitchers struggle within their division. The Rockies have given up an average of 6.1 runs to intra-division opponents, well over their defense's season average of 5.4.
On the other side, the Giants have a record of 11-10 when they are favored and are +651 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 8-2 SU and have an unblemished 3-0 record when they were the favorite. They sport the second-ranked offense in the NL, averaging five runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the NL are the Giants, who average 9.5 hits per game. San Francisco has an eye for the strike zone on the road, ranking 3.1 in the NL with fourth walks per game.
The Rockies have mostly come out on top against the Giants in their previous eight games this season, earning a 5-3 record. This game will feature Hudson (RHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 13-18 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Bettis will take the mound against the Giants, who have a 17-15 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
San Francisco 8-0-1 SU in its last 9 games.
San Francisco 5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road.
San Francisco is 3-5-1 SU in its last 9 games, when playing Colorado.
Colorado is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games, when playing at home against San Francisco.
For the sixth time this season, the Rockies registered at least two errors in a game.
The Giants are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rockies are 1-3 in such matchups.
The Giants are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded three strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 2-2 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 12-4. The Giants have a 20-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the bottom half of the league based on total runs this season, Colorado ranks 19th with 171 runs and San Francisco is 17th with 179.
Ranking 29th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 88 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 15th with 131.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 13-11. When the Giants hit at least one homer, they have a 15-8 record.