In the first of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (9-7) and the San Francisco Giants (9-7) at Coors Field, Eddie Butler (1-1, 2.25 ERA) and Chris Heston (2-1, 0.87 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 8:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 24 and will air on CSN-BAY and ROOT-RM.
In his most recent outing, Butler pitched 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 7-0 loss to the Dodgers. Corey Dickerson (.321, 12 Rs, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Rockies, Heston is 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and five strikeouts. Angel Pagan (.318, 5 Rs, 4 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Giants, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one stolen base.
Colorado is a slight -113 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 10 runs. The Rockies perform poorly as a favorite with a 2-4 record, but have fared better with the overall money line (+127). Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the favorite (1-3). Colorado has averaged 3.3 runs per game during divisional play, lower than its season average of 4.3. The Rockies rank second in the NL in hits with 9.4 per game. Colorado's pitchers struggle within their division. The Rockies have given up an average of 5.3 runs to intra-division opponents, well over their defense's season average of 4.7.
Across the field, the Giants have a record of 4-4 when they are the underdog and are -528 overall with the money line. Against fellow NL West members, they are 6-10 SU and 4-4 as the underdog. The Giants average just 7.4 strikeouts per road game, one of the lowest marks in the NL.
The previous three games have all gone Colorado's way. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Heston) in this game and have a 7-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Butler will take the mound against the Giants, who have a 4-9 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Over
This season, the Rockies hold an even 5-5 record against NL West teams. The Giants sit at 7-10 against these opponents.
San Francisco has won 20% (1-4) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Colorado has won 60% (3-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Rockies need to step it up. The Giants have a record of 6-4 when opponents get eight hits or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 1-5. The Giants have a 2-5 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting nine this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 15.
Ranking eighth, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.19 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 9.40.
Ranking 22nd, San Francisco is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.652). Colorado ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .757.
The Giants are 3-5 when they allow at least one home run. The Rockies perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 3-6 record.