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#957 San Francisco Giants vs.
#958 Colorado Rockies
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 5:40pm EDT
Written by Jordy

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*** This game was to be played on Tuesday but was PPD due to weather. It will be made up today as a part of a doubleheader. ***

The San Francisco Giants will be looking to continue their 2021 clobbering campaign on the Colorado Rockies in Tuesday's NL West divisional tilt. In the first six head-to-head meetings of the season, the Giants have taken a 5-1 lead over the Rockies. However, this will be the first time they’ve made the trek to Coors Field. So we’ll see if home makes a difference for Colorado. Right-handed pitcher German Marquez gets the nod to start in the opener for the Rockies against San Francisco’s Aaron Sanchez.

Injury bug hits the Giants where it hurts

The Giants staved off the three-game sweep from the San Diego Padres, but they managed to lose second baseman Tommy La Stella in the process. He pulled up awkwardly on his hamstring after running across home plate and scoring a run that helped San Francisco secure the 7-1 victory on the road.

It goes down as a win in the record books, but there’s clearly a losing feeling in the air with news that La Stella could “down for a bit.”

“I’m concerned about it. Obviously he didn’t look good coming off the field and anytime that happens to one of the core people on your team -- anybody on your team – it’s concerning,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said after the game, via NBC Sports. "For both Tommy and for the Giants, I have concern."

The Giants are already dealing with injuries to shortstop Brandon Crawford and right fielder Mike Yastrzemski. It has been an ongoing battle with bad luck heading into Monday’s meeting with what should be a vengeful Rockies team.

San Francisco has had their number since the start of the season, but this will be the first time the teams have met in Denver this year. However, the backdrop makes little difference if the Rockies can’t stop the Giants’ offense. They are allowing an average of eight runs in the last three head-to-head meetings. So the Giants offense has shown the ability on multiple occasions to bury Colorado’s struggling pitching rotation.

Speaking of pitching, righty Aaron Sanchez will start for the Giants in the opener with a 2.22 ERA and 1-1 record. He was on the mound for the team’s lone loss to the Rockies. So he’ll be looking for a shot at redemption in this meeting.

It won’t come easy. While Colorado’s defense is in the dumps, their offense clearly isn’t at the moment.

Will home make a difference?

The Rockies being back at Coors Field means they finally have a fighting chance. It also means they might actually be able to stand up to the Giants for a change.

They currently have the worst road record in baseball, and the Giants have clearly owned them in the head-to-head meetings. The two teams recently met up in San Francisco to kick-start Colorado’s seven-game road trip, where they went 2-5 in series losses to both the Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks.

So they are clearly glad to be back home in Denver.

Granted, none of that will even matter if German Marquez gets cooked on the mound. You can still smell the barbeque from his last outing against the Giants, who hit him up for four earned runs in four innings. He’s throwing a 4.13 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP in a year where he’s compiled a 1-2 record. Unless he settles into a rhythm early, this clash has a real chance to get ugly.

That should heap even more pressure on the Rockies’ bats to keep pace if things continue to snowball defensively. It might be the only hope with Colorado’s pitching rotation sitting at 24th with a 4.73 ERA this season. Throw in the fact that the Giants have been smacking their starters’ pitches around since the start of the season and there aren’t a lot of reasons for hope in this head-to-head meeting.

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It’s home sweet home for the Rockies.

At Coors Field, you can close your eyes and pretend like that road Rockies team doesn’t even exist—you know, the team that’s constantly getting bullied by the Giants. The Rockies’ pitching rotation won’t get treated like a birthday piñata in Denver.

They are actually ranked middle-of-the-road in ERA when throwing in their home building, and they’ll be facing a Giants team averaging 6.33 hits in their last three outings. Those offensive struggles seem to manifest when the Giants are playing nearly everyone not named the Rockies.

But once again, these aren’t the same Rockies the Giants faced in the previous six meetings at Oracle Park. They can already cause problems offensively, but the difference on Monday will be German Marquez and the bullpen not digging a hole too deep to climb out of in a game.

I’m rolling with Colorado in the opener.

Prediction: Colorado Rockies (-110)

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Runs won’t be as easy to come by on the road against the Rockies on Monday night. The backdrop will make all of the difference in the opener with the game being held at Coors Field. It’s no coincidence that German Marquez’s best performances have come when the Rockies are playing in their home building. They simply have not been a good road team to the point where it’s like a night and day difference. This game will be another chance for them to flash their home magic by finally standing up to the Giants. It’s a Giants team that’s only averaging 3.50 runs per game on the road. Give me the under in this one.

Prediction: Under (10)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast, and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY, and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys, and all the Sun Drop you can drink.