Jordan Lyles (2-4, 4.53 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (15-24) meet Chris Heston (3-3, 3.72 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (24-18) in the second of a four-game division series at Coors Field. The Giants won the last game 11-8, extending a seven-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 23 and will air on CSN-BAY and ROOT-RM.
Lyles is 1-1 with a 4.84 ERA against the Giants in his career, and is up against a solid San Francisco offense that's hitting .271 on the year. DJ LeMahieu (.326, 13 Rs, 2 HRs, 20 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Rockies, Heston is 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA. He meets a strong Colorado offense that's batting .265. Buster Posey (.311, 21 Rs, 7 HRs, 24 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and three RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. Against teams in the NL West, the Rockies have an SU record of 9-17. The Rockies are a superb hitting team with an NL-best 9.7 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 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 5.1 season average.
Against teams in their division, the Giants are 14-14 SU. They sport the third-ranked offense in the NL, averaging four runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the NL are the Giants, who average 9.3 hits per game. The Giants average 3.3 walks per road game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the NL when they travel. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the San Francisco pitchers. They've allowed 2.3 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 3.5.
The Rockies have gotten the best of the Giants in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF
The Rockies currently sit below .500 against the NL West Division at 9-18, and the Giants have a 15-14 record.
When the Giants play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Rockies are 1-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Giants are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Rockies have a 0-5 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 12-4. The Giants have a 19-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Colorado ranks 25th with 158 runs and San Francisco is 21st with 166.
Ranking 30th, Colorado is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 83 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half at 14th with 130.
The Rockies are 12-10 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Giants are 15-8 when they hit at least one homer.