Tyler Matzek (1-0, 2.40 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (10-8) meet Tim Lincecum (1-1, 2.00 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (8-11) in the last of a three-game division series at Coors Field. The Giants won the last game 5-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 26 and will air on CSN-BAY and ROOT-RM.
In his most recent outing, Matzek pitched 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking six in a 7-6 loss to the Padres. DJ LeMahieu (.419, 5 Rs, 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. In his pitching opportunities against the Rockies, Lincecum is 11-10 with a 3.96 ERA. He meets a solid Colorado offense that's batting .279. Angel Pagan (.355, 6 Rs, 5 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well, going 4 for 6 yesterday with one run.
Colorado, a -128 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against San Francisco. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at 10 runs. The Rockies are 3-4 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +339. They have an SU record of 6-5 against teams in their division and a 2-2 record when they were the favorite in those games. Colorado has averaged 3.5 runs per game during divisional play, lower than its season average of 4.3. The Rockies are an exceptional hitting team with 9.7 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL.
Switching gears, the Giants come into this game with a win percentage of .556 when playing as the underdog (5-4) and an overall money line of -547. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 4-6 SU and have an unblemished 3-0 record when they were an underdog to win. The Giants average just 7.1 strikeouts per road game, one of the lowest marks in the NL.
The Rockies are 4-1 against the Giants this season. This game will feature Lincecum (RHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 9-6 record when they take on a right-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Over
The Rockies are an even 6-6 against the division, while the Giants sit at 8-11.
When leading after 7 innings, Colorado is 3-2, while San Francisco is 1-4.
The Rockies are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Giants have a record of 2-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 1-5. The Giants have a 2-6 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league at 22nd when it comes to home runs, hitting 12 this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 18.
Ranking sixth, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.50 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 9.65.
Ranking 17th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.682). Colorado ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .775.
The Giants are 4-6 when they allow at least one home run. The Rockies perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 4-7 record.