Chris Heston (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Eddie Butler (0-0, 3.18 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (3-4) and the Colorado Rockies (4-2) at AT&T Park. Action begins at 4:35 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 13 and can be seen on ROOT-RM and CSN-BAY.
Heston pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking two in a 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Norichika Aoki (.400 ) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. Butler went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking four in a 5-4 defeat to the Brewers in his most recent start. Corey Dickerson (.417 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Rockies, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
San Francisco is a -124 favorite against Colorado and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. San Francisco's batters do not strike out very often, with only 6.7 per game.
In the other locker room, Colorado has a perfect record of 3-0 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of +351 at this point in the season. Offensively, they average 6.0 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Rockies are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 12.2 hits per game. Colorado is excellent at not striking out with just 7.2 per game, ranking third in the NL.
The Giants have a 3-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Butler takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rockies lost by a margin of one run. The Giants are 2-2 in one-run games. The Rockies have a 1-1 record in close games.
When leading after 7 innings, Colorado is 1-0, while San Francisco is 0-1.
The Giants are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 2-0 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 2-1. The Rockies have a 4-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 23 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with 35.
Ranking 29th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching nine this season. San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 21.
The Giants are 1-3 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rockies are 3-1 when they hit at least one homer.