The Rockies (56-92, 34-39 home) will host the Giants (75-74, 32-42 away) in game four of this NL West series. Starting for the Rockies is Chris Flexen, while the Giants are giving the ball to Sean Manaea. Read on to see my pick for this showdown between Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS COLORADO ROCKIES BETTING PICK
The Pick: San Francisco Giants -167
This game will be played at Coors Field at 3:10 ET on Sunday, September 17th.
WHY BET THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS:
- Coming into the game, the Rockies have gone just 2-8 in their last ten home games.
- San Francisco has the leg up over the Rockies so far this year at 8-4.
- Chris Flexen has given up four away runs across his last three starts.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS SEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR ROAD RECORD
This year, the Giants have put together a 68-81 record against the runline. On the road, their runline mark sits at 33-41. Straight-up, they are 75-74 and are 3rd in the NL West. Lately, San Francisco has had problems on the road, losing eight straight series. The team’s over/under record for the season is 65-81.
The San Francisco Giants will send Sean Manaea to the mound, who currently holds a 5-6 record. Manaea has been on a roll lately, allowing three or fewer earned runs in his last four starts. His ERA is 4.80 and FIP is 4.03, while opponents have a slugging percentage of .389 against him. The lefty has also racked up 115 strikeouts so far this season.
Sean Manaea was dealt the loss in the Giants’ 3-1 defeat to the Guardians after surrendering three runs on two hits over 5 2/3 innings.
This season, the Giants are 20th in the league at 4.3 runs per game. Over their last five games, they have a combined batting average of .221 (21st) leading to 3.2 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.3 walks per game compared to 9 strikeouts. San Francisco’s on-base percentage of .316 has them 14th in the MLB.
The Giants’ Thairo Estrada is the team’s leader in hits, boasting a .275 batting average. He has a .423 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 heading into the game.
WILL THE COLORADO ROCKIES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
148 games into their season, the Rockies are 5th in the NL West on an overall record of 56-92. Against other teams in the NL West, Colorado is 12-32 while their overall series win percent sits at 35%. At home, the Rockies are 34-39 and 22-53 on the road.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Chris Flexen has had a difficult season thus far, with an overall record of 1-7 and an ERA of 7.22. His ERA on the road is much better than when he pitches at home, as it stands at 1.28 compared to 5.97. Flexen’s WHIP for the season is 1.76, and opposing teams have put together a .324 batting average against him with a .562 slugging percentage.
Chris Flexen’s most recent outing saw him surrender nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, resulting in three earned runs. Despite not being credited with the win, the Rockies emerged victorious over the Cubs by a score of 6-4.
For the season, the Rockies are 12th in batting average, hitting a combined .248. Over their last five games, they have hit .273 which is 5th in that span. Colorado’s average of 4.4 runs per game puts them 18th in the league. In terms of home runs, they have gone deep 142 times and have a team slugging percentage of .400.
The Rockies’ Ezequiel Tovar leads the team in hits, boasting a .258 batting average. He has a .420 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .292 heading into this game.