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#781 Colorado Rockies vs.
#782 San Francisco Giants
Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:35pm EDT
Written by Chris Kubala

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A pair of teams from the NL West kick off a weekend set in the city by the bay. The Colorado Rockies are on the road as they make the trip to face the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a three-game set Friday afternoon. Colorado played the rubber game of a three-game set at home with Arizona Thursday afternoon, earning a 7-3 victory. San Francisco won the rubber game of their three-game series with the Padres on the road, prevailing 3-2 in 10 innings Wednesday. Last season, the Rockies took six of the 10 meetings, including a 5-4, 11-inning victory on the road in the most recent matchup on September 24, 2020.

Colorado Rockies Looking to Get Things Going on the Road

Colorado earned a victory in the rubber game of their three-game set on the road with the Diamondbacks Thursday afternoon to come into the series on a positive note. The Rockies entered Thursday night fourth in the NL West, two games behind the Dodgers for the top spot. Colorado jumped on Arizona early, leading 3-0 after one inning and 4-0 after two en route to the victory. Trevor Story (run, two RBI) and Charlie Blackmon (two RBI) each had two hits while Dom Nunez hit his third homer of the year for Colorado in the victory. The offensive support was more than enough for Jon Gray (1-0) to get the win. He threw 6.2 innings, allowing run on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts before turning it over to the bullpen. Daniel Bard got the final two outs, striking out one, for his second save.

Austin Gomber is expected to get the ball for his second start of the season for the Rockies in this contest. He comes in 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA, a 2.667 WHIP, seven walks and two strikeouts on the season. Gomber was saddled with the loss in his season debut due to his control issues, which came Sunday at home against the Dodgers. He threw three innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on one hit with seven walks and two strikeouts in a game the Rockies went on to lose by a 4-2 margin. Gomber, in his 45th major league appearance and his 17th career start, pitches against the Giants for the first time here. As a result, this marks his first career outing at Oracle Park as well.

San Francisco Giants Try to Earn Home Victory

San Francisco has alternated wins and losses in their first six games as they took two of three on the road against the Padres. The Giants entered Thursday third in the NL West, 1.5 games behind the Dodgers for the top spot in the division race. San Francisco got two hits each from Evan Longoria (run) and Darin Ruf (run, two RBI) in the contest, with Ruf hitting his second homer of the season. Donovan Solano’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning drove in what proved to be the winning run in the contest. Kevin Gausman pitched well but didn’t factor in the decision as he threw seven innings, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Jake McGee (1-0) threw a scoreless ninth, striking out one, to earn the win in relief, while Wandy Peralta fanned one in a scoreless 10th to earn his first save.

Johnny Cueto takes the hill for his second start of the season for the Giants in this contest. He comes in with no record, a 4.76 ERA, a 1.588 WHIP, three walks and seven strikeouts on the year. Cueto didn’t factor in the decision in his season debut, which came last Friday on the road against the Mariners. He threw 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in a game the Giants rallied to win 6-3. Cueto makes his 19th career start against the Rockies in this contest. He is 9-4 with a 3.16 ERA, a 1.281 WHIP, 33 walks and 94 strikeouts over 114 innings of work against them. Cueto is 16-12 with a 3.92 ERA, a 1.299 WHIP, 81 walks and 222 strikeouts over 278 innings in 45 career starts at Oracle Park.

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The Rockies struggled mightily as the road team last season at the plate. Colorado posted a .233/.300/.370 slash line while averaging 4.07 runs per game as the visiting team last season. Comparatively, the Rockies posted a .280/.322/.440 slash line while putting up an average of 5.1 runs per game at home in 2020. Gomber was horrible with his control in his debut and pitching against Cueto, who has had great success against Colorado in his career, is going to be a challenge. San Francisco showed some grit by splitting their season-opening six-game trip against Seattle and San Diego. Look for the Giants to take advantage of the Rockies’ issues at the dish on the road to prevail here.

Prediction: San Francisco Giants -144

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Colorado had seen the over hit three times and the under hit three times in their first six games entering Thursday’s action. The Rockies were fifth in the majors as they average 6.17 runs per game on the year while they were a dismal 26th by allowing six runs per game. That gives the Rockies an average total of 12.17 runs per game, which is par for the course at Coors Field. San Francisco is tied for 23rd in runs per game as they put up 3.33 runs a night while the team is tied for 10th by allowing 3.67 runs per contest. That is an average of seven runs per game on the year. Seeing how Colorado struggles at the plate on the road plus the way things go at Oracle Park, this one ends up under the mark.

Prediction: Under 8.5
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