In a game that could be a shootout, Ryan Vogelsong (2-2, 5.31 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (23-18) are in Colorado to square off against Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 6.70 ERA) and the Rockies (15-23). This is the first of a four-game series at Coors Field. The Giants come into this series hoping to extend a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 22 and can be seen on CSN-BAY and ROOT-RM.
Kendrick is 2-2 with a 4.68 ERA in his appearances against the Giants, and goes up against a good San Francisco offense which is batting .269 this season. Nolan Arenado (.270, 17 Rs, 7 HRs, 20 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with one RBI. Vogelsong is 5-3 with a 4.76 ERA against the Rockies in his career. He takes on a quality Colorado offense that's batting .263. Brandon Crawford (.303, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 27 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with one RBI.
San Francisco is a slim -110 favorite over Colorado. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at 10 runs for this matchup. The Rockies have recorded an overall money line of -770 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 10-15. Colorado has recorded a disappointing 2-6 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with an impressive 9.5 per game. Colorado's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 5.8 against fellow NL West members, compared to its 5.2 season average.
In games where it is the favorite, San Francisco has a 10-10 record and an overall money line of +326. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 3-1 record, and a 7-3 record SU. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is third in the NL. The Giants are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the NL with 9.3 hits per game. San Francisco is excellent at drawing walks with 3.3 per road game, ranking fourth in the NL.
The Rockies lead the season series, 4-1. The Rockies have a 12-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Vogelsong takes the mound. Kendrick (RHP) will be on the hill against the Giants, who have a 15-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
The Giants hold a split 14-14 record against NL West teams, but the Rockies are 9-17 in such matchups.
When leading after 7 innings, San Francisco is 4-5, while Colorado is 6-8.
The Rockies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are coming in with an 8-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 2-14. The Giants have a 3-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 24th in home runs, San Francisco has hit 30 this season. Colorado ranks 16th with 36 home runs.
Colorado and San Francisco both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Colorado sits at fourth with 8.89 hits per game and San Francisco ranks third with 9.28.
Colorado and San Francisco both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Colorado sits at ninth with an OPS of .724 and San Francisco ranks eighth with an OPS of .726.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 9-12. When the Rockies allow one or more homers, they have a 5-15 record.