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#963 San Francisco Giants vs.
#964 Colorado Rockies
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 8:40pm EDT
Written by Mason Folz

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This Tuesday the (21-14) San Francisco Giants and the (17-18) Colorado Rockieswill play the second game of this three-game series. The first pitch will be thrown out at 8:40 PM EST inside Coors Field. This will be the second series between these two teams this season, as the Giants were able to sweep the Rockies in the first one.

The San Francisco Giants are coming into this game after losing their previous series to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Giants looked shaky on both sides of the field in this series, as they were shut out in the second game and gave up 15 runs in the third.

The Colorado Rockies are coming into this one after losing their previous series to the Kansas City Royals. Colorado looked bad on the defensive side of the field, as they gave up 22 combined runs in their two losses to the Royals.

This game was published/written before last night’s results.

The Giants are Potent on Offense

The San Francisco Giants have started this new regular season very strong, but they still have a long way to go. They are currently in third place in the NL West. On the offensive side of the field, they are scoring 4.97 runs per game and hitting .244 as a team. This is the second most runs scored per game and the eighth-highest overall team batting average. The Giants are putting men on base consistently and they have also shown that they are clutch when they have men in scoring position. They are also averaging 1.08 home runs per game, which is the eighth-highest average in the league. San Francisco has multiple men that can smoke the ball out of the park and they have shown that they can do it with anyone on the mound. There isn't a defense or pitcher that they fear right now, as they are one of the best offensive teams in the league. I also expect the Giants to stay fairly aggressive on the base paths. They have already stolen 20 bases this season, which is the ninth most in the league. The Giants move their runners into scoring position as quickly as they can, as they also know they have the lineup to drive in runs. I would watch for Wilmer Flores at the plate in this game. This is going to be a high-scoring one and I expect him to drive in as many runs as he can. He is leading the team with 19 RBIs and will be looking for more against the Rockies.

On the defensive side of the field, the Giants have also been solid up until this point. They are currently only allowing 3.70 runs per game, but have a combined team WHIP rating of 1.28. This is the 14th least amount of runs allowed per game, but the 22nd highest overall team WHIP rating. They need to do a better job of limiting their base runners, as this will allow their pitcher to feel safer while he is on the mound. Surprisingly, the Giants have also only recorded nine quality starts, which is the 19th most in the league. They need their starting pitching rotation to perform better on the mound if they want to start dominating opponents on the defensive side of the field too. I also expect the Giants to perform well in the field, they have only recorded 18 errors this season, which is the 12th most in the MLB. They keep the ball in front of themselves and always know where to go for the nearest out.

According toMLB.com, Alex Cobb will be getting the start on the mound for the Giants. He has started this season (2-1) with a 3.98 ERA. He also has a 1.38 WHIP rating, as he can't allow the Rockies to consistently reach base throughout this game. I expect Cobb to attack the opposing hitters and to go deeper into this game.

The Rockies are Hit and Miss

The Colorado Rockies jumped out to a hot start to begin this new 2022 regular season, but they have recently cooled off. They are currently in last place in the NL Central. They will need to start beating their division opponents if they want to stay competitive this season. On the offensive side of the field, Colorado is scoring 4.71 runs per game and hitting .260. This is the highest team batting average in the league and the eighth-most runs scored per game. The Rockies' offense has been very strong to begin this season, but their pitching and defense continue to let them down. The Rockies are also averaging .99 home runs per game, as they have multiple men that can smoke the ball out of the park. I would recommend watching for CJ Cron at the plate in this one. He has already hit nine home runs this season, which leads his team.

On the defensive side, the Rockies have not been as solid. They are currently allowing 4.91 runs per game and have a combined team WHIP rating of 1.49. This is the 29th highest team WHIP rating in the league and the 29th most runs given up per game. I want to say this is because of the starting pitching, but they have already recorded 14 quality starts, which is the third-most in the league. Their fielding must be better, as they have already committed 26 fielding errors this season. That is the 25th most, as they can't continue to play sloppy in the field and still expect to win these games.

According to MLB.com, Chad Kuhl will be getting the start on the mound in this game. He has looked great to start this new season, as he has gone (3-1) with a 2.88 ERA. He also only has a 1.02 WHIP rating, which is one of the lowest on his team. He will attack the Giants hitters in this one and look to strike out as many Giants as he can. He has only pitched in 34.1 innings this season but has already recorded 30 strikeouts.

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The San Francisco Giants were able to sweep the Colorado Rockies the last time they faced off and they will continue to dominate Colorado in this series. The Giants are simply better than the Rockies on the defensive side of the field. Colorado is giving up the 29th most runs per game and has the 29th highest overall team WHIP rating. They are allowing too many men to reach base safely and they aren't finding ways to get out of these jams. Colorado also struggled on the road against the Kansas City Royals in their previous series. The Giants will be able to have success on the offensive side of the field and they will cover the run line spread (-1.5). San Francisco is currently scoring the second-most runs per game and has the eighth-highest overall team batting average. They will put the ball in play against Kuhl and force the Rockies to make plays in the field. Alex Cobb will also be able to go deep into this game, as he will hold the Colorado offense early. He has started this season (2-1) and will be looking for his third win in this one.

Back the San Francisco Giants and lay the run line spread (-1.5).

Prediction: San Francisco Giants -1.5 (-105)

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I just can't take the under at Coors Field. The San Francisco Giants are currently scoring the second-most runs per game and have the eighth-highest overall team batting average. The Rockies have not performed at a high level on the defensive side of the field this season and the Giants will be able to consistently score runs throughout this game. I also believe the Giants will be able to hit more home runs than they average, as the air is just a little bit thinner in Denver. The Giants will have success at the plate in this game and score enough runs to push this total over (11). The Rockies will also contribute to this total, as they are scoring the eighth-most runs per game and have the highest overall team batting average. They will be able to reach base against Cobb throughout this game, as he has a 1.38 WHIP rating. This will be a high-scoring game and I don't see either defense slowing down the opposing offense.

Pick the over (11) runs and expect a ton of offense in the Mile High City!

Prediction: Over 11
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Written By Mason Folz , "Mason Folz"

Mason graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder and he has been watching SportsCenter since before he could walk. He has been crunching numbers since he could learn to count and nothing makes Mason happier in this world than talking sports, unless he is on the golf course! We are very happy to have added Mason to our team at StatSalt and you will be glad as well. Let's win some money!