The Colorado Rockies will host the San Franciso Giants on Wednesday in the final game of their three-game series. After being postponed on Monday, these two teams were scheduled to play a seven-inning doubleheader on Tuesday night, but neither of those games was complete at the time of this prediction.
Entering Tuesday, these teams have already faced each other six-time this season, with the Giant winning five of those games.
(Edit: The doubleheader was split yesterday with San Francisco winning the first game 12-4 and the Rockies winning the second game 8-6.)
Giants have handed the Rockies well so farBefore Tuesday's doubleheader, the Giants led the NL West with a 17-11 record. The key to San Francisco's success has been pitching, ranking second in baseball with a 3.00 team ERA. Logan Webb is scheduled to start for the San Franciso Giants on Wednesday. Webb is 1-2 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.52 WHIP this season and has struck out 28 batters in 28 1/3 innings. Webb has faced the Rockies once this season at Oracle Park in San Francisco and allowed three earned runs in eight hits over five innings. Webb has made three career starts against the Rockies and is 2-0 with a 4.35 ERA. In Webb's last outing, he allowed seven hits and three earned runs against the Padres in a 3-2 loss.
The Giants are 24th in MLB with a .221 batting average and averaged 4.1 runs per game. Buster Posey leads the team with a .359 batting average and six home runs in just 18 games this season. Evan Longoria has four home runs and a team-best 12 RBI. In the first six head-to-head games against the Rockies this season, the Giants are averaging 5.8 runs per game and allowing just 2.3
Gray hopes to lead Rockies to winThere's a lot of baseball left to be played, but the Rockies appear to be well on their well to another losing season. Before Tuesday's doubleheader, the Rockies are just 10-18 and have the worst record in the National League. The Rockies have also dropped four of their last five games overall.
Colorado is ninth in baseball, averaging 4.7 runs per game, with a huge difference between home and road games. At Coors Field, the Rockies are scoring 5.9 runs per game and just 3.4 runs per game away. Ryan McMahon leads the team with eight home runs and 20 RBI, and Trevor Story is having a nice season so far with four homes and 18 RBI. Colorado's pitching staff is 25th with a 4.87 ERA but have surprisingly been better at Coors Field, where the club ERA improves to 3.87 ERA.
Jon Gray will start for the Rockies on Wednesday. He is 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA, and 1.19 WHIP in six starts this year. Gray has not yet faced the Giants this season, but he has made 12 career starts against them and is just 1-6 with a 6.16 ERA in those appearances. Gray allowed four earned runs and nine hits in a 7-2 loss to Arizona this past Friday.
- Giants are 1-6 in Webbs last 7 road starts.
- Rockies are 9-2 in Grays last 11 starts during game 3 of a series.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Giants are seven games ahead of the Rockies in the standings, but this is mainly due to the Giants being a fantastic home team and the Rockies being the worst road team in baseball. When the Rockies are at Coors Field, they are respectable 8-7 and have both hit and pitched better. The Giants are 7-8 in road games overall and have dropped six of the last seven road starts made by Logan Webb. Webb is also 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA on the road this season.
Jon Gray's career numbers against the Giants aren't pretty, but he looks to be a better pitcher this season. Gray is a perfect 3-0 at Coors Field this season with a 1.85 ERA and .155 opponents batting average against him. I also expect Gray's past demons to spark motivation and focus for Wednesday.
Take the Rockies to take a game from the Giants on Wednesday.
Full-Game Total Pick
Gray has not allowed more than two earned runs in a home start this season, and that includes four starts against some tough offenses (Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Astros, and Phillies). In those four starts, the Rockies as a team have allowed only 2.75 runs per game.
The Giants have only combined for more than seven runs with their opponent in one of the six games the Webb appeared in this season. I like the under.