Jeff Samardzija (4-1, 3.32 ERA) and Eddie Butler (0-1, 6.75 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a four-game series between the San Francisco Giants (17-15) and the Colorado Rockies (14-16) at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 2-1, and San Francisco leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 8 and can be seen on CSBA and RTRM.
Samardzija pitched 8.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out nine and walking two in a 3-1 win over the Reds. Brandon Belt (.317, 18 Rs, 4 HRs, 21 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Butler went 5.2 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 6-3 defeat to the Padres in his last outing. Trevor Story (.273, 22 Rs, 11 HRs, 24 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 6 yesterday.
The odds for San Francisco and Colorado are Giants -185, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL
The Giants are an even 10-10 against the division, while the Rockies sit at 11-10.
When leading after seven innings, San Francisco is 6-5, while Colorado is 5-9.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rockies are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 1-11. The Giants have a 4-14 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks in the bottom half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 31 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 42.
San Francisco and Colorado both rank in the top five of the league in hits. San Francisco sits at fifth with 9.34 hits per game and Colorado ranks third with 9.63.
Ranking eighth, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.778). Colorado ranks in the top five with an OPS of .806.
The Rockies are 7-13 when they allow at least one home run. The Giants perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 6-13 record.