A pair of NL West rivals in opposite situations continue a series in the Mile-High City. The San Francisco Giants are on the road as they play the middle game of a three-game set with the Colorado Rockies Saturday night. San Francisco missed a chance at a three-game road sweep of the Padres as they were beaten 7-6 in 10 innings Thursday night. Colorado dropped the rubber game of their three-game series at home against the Dodgers, falling 7-5 in 10 innings in the finale Thursday night. This article was published prior to the conclusion of the series opener at Coors Field Friday night. Will the Giants maintain their narrow edge in the NL West race?
San Francisco Giants Trying to Hang On to NL West LeadSan Francisco missed a chance at a sweep of the Padres as they were edged in extra innings on Thursday night. The Giants entered Friday holding a narrow one-game advantage on the Dodgers for the top spot in the NL West. On Thursday night, San Francisco finished with six hits with no player having more than one in the contest. Mike Yastrzemski (his 24th) and Austin Slater (his 11th) each homered in the contest for the Giants. Logan Webb didn’t factor in the decision as he allowed four runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings of work. Dominic Leone (3-5) took the loss in relief as he allowed one run (none earned) on one hit with a walk and no strikeouts in one-third of an inning.
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Anthony DeSclafani is on the mound as he makes his 30th start of the season for the Giants in this contest. He comes in 12-7 with a 3.23 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, 41 walks and 146 strikeouts over 158.2 innings of work this season. DeSclafani took the loss in his last start, which came at home against the Braves Sunday. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts in a 3-0 Giants defeat. On the road this season, DeSclafani is 5-4 with a 3.16 ERA, a 1.088 WHIP, 24 walks and 86 strikeouts over 91 innings of work in 16 starts. DeSclafani makes his eighth career start against the Rockies in this contest. He comes in 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.185 WHIP, 11 walks and 41 strikeouts over 41.1 innings of work against them. DeSclafani has no record, a 4.76 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, three walks and 10 strikeouts over 11.1 innings in two career starts at Coors Field.
Colorado Rockies Trying to Tighten Up NL West Race in Spoiler RoleColorado missed a chance to win the series at home against the Dodgers as they were beaten in extra innings Thursday night. The Rockies entered Friday fourth in the NL West race, 27.5 games behind the Giants for the division lead. They have been eliminated from playoff contention. On Thursday, Colorado got three hits from Sam Hilliard (run, RBI) and two from C.J. Cron (run) though it wasn’t enough in the game. Raimel Tapia hit his sixth homer of the year in the loss for Colorado. Kyle Freeland threw six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts, though he didn’t factor in the decision. Lucas Gilbreath (2-2) took the loss in relief as he allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit with one walk and no strikeouts in one inning of work.
Jon Gray is on the hill for the Rockies as he makes his 28th start of the year in this contest. He comes in 8-11 with a 4.17 ERA, a 1.325 WHIP, 58 walks and 145 strikeouts over 140.1 innings of work on the year. Gray took the loss in his last start, which came on the road against the Nationals Sunday. He threw four innings, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts in an eventual 3-0 Rockies defeat. At home this season, Gray is 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA, a 1.154 WHIP, 31 walks and 75 strikeouts over 73.2 innings in 13 starts. Gray makes his 16th career start against the Giants in this contest. He is 2-7 with a 5.85 ERA, a 1.631 WHIP, 26 walks and 69 strikeouts over 72.1 innings of work against them. Gray is 31-17 with a 4.50 ERA, a 1.286 WHIP, 123 walks and 410 strikeouts over 412 innings in 74 career appearances, 73 starts, at Coors Field.
The top trends for this contest are:
- Giants are 5-0 in DeSclafani's last 5 starts vs. National League West
- Giants are 10-1 in DeSclafani's last 11 starts vs. a team with a losing record
- Rockies are 1-7 in Gray's last 8 starts
- Rockies are 1-7 in Gray's last 8 starts on grass
- Rockies are 1-6 in their last 7 home games
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Rockies hung tough with the Dodgers at home but dropped two of their three games in the series. Colorado is reduced to playing spoiler in the final week-plus of the season while the Giants are fighting to avoid being the loser in the NL West race, which will end up in the wild-card game. Gray has sputtered against the Giants in his career and we have seen San Francisco take massive strides forward this season, basically coming out of nowhere to enter Friday with 99 wins. DeSclafani has had his issues of late but he’s pitched well against Colorado in his career and with the Dodgers nipping at their heels, you have to think that San Francisco will be ready for this one. Give the advantage to the Giants here as they get the victory while Gray stumbles once again.
Full-Game Total Pick
DeSclafani has dealt with ankle injuries of late and that may have hampered him a bit. In his last 10 starts, he’s seen an average of 8.7 runs per game. The under is 5-3-2 in those 10 outings. He’s been terrific at keeping the Giants in lower-scoring games of late as in his last six starts, he’s seen an average of 7.17 runs per game with the under posting a 5-0-1 mark in that stretch. That includes a 7-4 victory here at Coors Field back on September 8, which fell under the 11.5-run total. Gray has seen an average of 7.7 runs per game in his last 10 starts. The under is 7-2-1 in those outings. Given the way the Giants prevent runs (they are second overall by allowing 3.75 runs per game and second on the road by giving up 3.58 runs a night), this one ends up short of the total.