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#911 San Francisco Giants vs.
#912 Colorado Rockies
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 8:40pm EDT
Written by Blake V.

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(This is the second game of a doubleheader. The first game on Monday was rained out)

The team at the top of the National League West standings will face the team in last place when Colorado hosts San Francisco on Tuesday night. San Francisco has surprisingly overtaken Los Angeles at the top of the standings heading into Monday’s games.

Giants sitting atop NL West

San Francisco is currently sitting in an improbable situation. The Giants have gotten off to a 17-11 start, which puts them in first place in the NL West. They picked up a 7-1 victory at San Diego to wrap up the three-game series on Sunday. San Francisco has won five of its six games against the Rockies so far this season. It has struggled offensively, however, ranked No. 25 in the MLB with a team batting average of .220. Veteran catcher Buster Posey leads the team with 23 hits and a .359 average. He has also hit a team-best six home runs.

Third baseman Evan Longoria has added 19 hits, while Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Slater each have 17 base knocks. Yastrzemski is on the 10-day injured list with a mild left oblique strain. They will be facing a Colorado pitching staff that is No. 25 in the MLB with a team ERA of 4.87. Left-handed pitcher Alex Wood will make the start for San Francisco on Tuesday night. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning last Wednesday against Colorado. Wood struck out a season-high nine batters in that start. He has notched wins in his last three starts and has a 1.50 ERA with 20 strikeouts.

Rockies needing to outscore opponents due to poor pitching

Colorado has been one of the worst teams in the MLB this season. The Rockies dropped four consecutive games during the first week of the season and they also suffered a seven-game skid in mid-April. They have lost four of their last five games heading into Monday’s game, dropping three out of four in their series at Arizona. Colorado is five games back of Arizona in the cellar of the NL West. The Rockies will have to quickly recover if they want to have any chance of saving their playoff hopes. They have been a good offensive team, listed at seventh in the MLB with a team batting average of .246.

Left fielder Raimel Tapia leads the team with 31 hits and is batting .320. Shortstop Trevor Story and second baseman Ryan McMahon each have 29 hits. McMahon has hit a team-high eight home runs. First baseman C.J. Cron has 25 hits and is batting .287. They are going up against a San Francisco pitching staff that is second in the MLB with a team ERA of 3.00. Colorado has not announced its starter for this game. The Rockies are currently without starters Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela, who are both on the injured list. They will need someone to make a spot start on Tuesday night.

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San Francisco has made beating Colorado a habit this season. The Giants pitching staff has owned the Rockies lineup. Wood took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against them last week and has been one of the best starters in the MLB this year. He should be confident heading into this game. Colorado is dealing with several injuries to its starting pitchers and has really fallen off in the NL West standings. There’s no reason to expect the Rockies to pull the upset on Tuesday.

Prediction: San Francisco -1.5

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Colorado is having to outscore opponents in high-scoring games to find the win column right now. The Rockies have really struggled in the pitching department, but their offense is near the top of the MLB in batting average. They are likely going to have more success against Wood than they had last week, as the recent familiarity should be a benefit. San Francisco is going to take advantage of Colorado’s hole in the rotation. The Rockies have gone over in eight of their last nine games, while the Giants have gone over in their last six games during game two of a series.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Blake Von Hagen , "Blake V."

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.