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#4909 San Francisco Giants vs.
#4910 Colorado Rockies
Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 3:10pm EDT
Written by Eric P.

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The Colorado Rockies host the San Francisco Giants in the finale of their three game weekend series on Sunday afternoon form Coors Field. The Giants have continued to dominate against Colorado, taking the first two games of the series with relative ease. Back-to-back 7-2 wins have the Giants still firmly entrenched in the race for the best record in baseball. The unfortunate reality is that without winning the NL West, a spot in the Wild Card game could be the hand that the Giants are dealt. The Rockies on the other hand are only able to play the role of spoiler for now, given how poor their form has been of late. The Giants have dominated the season series between the two teams, much like they’ve done to all competition this season, and anything less than a win and a sweep will be a disappointment.

Giants Battle For Baseball's Best Record

The San Francisco Giants have the best record in baseball and have slowly pulled ahead of the Dodgers by 1.5 games heading into Sunday. With the NL West title hanging in the balance, the Giants know that they can’t afford a lull on Sunday against the Rockies. Two solid wins to start the weekend for things going down the right path, but a sweep on Sunday is a must. Part of their success this season has been their ability to stay healthy. On Sunday, they’ll have no one questionable to play and even those that are out for the rest of the season aren’t massive contributors. Expect the Giants to keep rolling with their lineup en route to grabbing a win.

The Giants offense has been one of the biggest shocks of the season. They rank sixth in both runs per game and batting average, and then fifth in hits per game. The long ball has been a major key for them this season and against a Colorado team that is known for having trouble keeping the ball in the park, home runs could be coming again. Wilmer Flores leads the team with a .429 batting average and Buster Posey is right behind him with a .412 average. Tommy La Stella and Mike Yastrzemski both have two home runs over the last week and the Giants shouldn’t have any trouble scoring runs on Sunday.

According to MLB.com, Kevin Gausman will get the start for the Giants as he looks to seal the series sweep for the road side. He enters with a 14-6 record but his ERA is the most impressive, sitting at 2.92, one of the best for a starter in the league. Gausman just grabbed a win against Colorado on September 6th, going seven innings and allowing only three runs. With the offensive support he’ll have, he will be sure to pitch freely and grab the win.

Rockies Putting 2021 Behind Them

The Colorado Rockies have lost three games in a row and have gone 5-5 over the last ten games. Their record and style of play has been far too inconsistent of late though. Add in that the Giants are coming to town with the best record in baseball and the Rockies seem like they could be in trouble on Sunday. Much like the Giants having been so strong in keeping the team healthy, the Rockies find themselves in a similar boat. They too have no one questionable to play on Sunday and whole they do have five players out for the rest of the season, none of them should make or break the offense or the pitching staff.

Colorado’s offense has actually been impressive this year, ranking in the top half of baseball in nearly every offensive category. They are ranked 12th in baseball in runs per game and are top ten in both batting average and hits per game. Over the last week, it’s been great to see the offense start to flourish, even if it is coming a bit late in the year. Four starters are hitting about .300 over the last week and while they haven’t shown up this series so far, Sunday is a new day for them to make that happen.

According to MLB.com, Antonio Senzatela will get the start for the Rockies as they look to salvage just one win in the series. Senzatela enters with a 4-9 record and 4.14 ERA, both of which don’t lead to much confidence when he takes the hill.

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The Giants will be heavy favorites on Sunday afternoon. Looking at the fact that they have more depth within their lineup, stronger pitching, and momentum/confidence, the Giants will be feeling strong about their chances. Not only have they won the first two games of the series but they’ve made it look easy on their way to doing it. Gausman has been elite as a pitcher this season for the Giants and the Rockies will have their hands full trying to keep up with the best team in baseball. Expect the Giants to win easily on the road on Saturday and for the series sweep to have an important impact on the playoff race.

Prediction: Giants (-175)

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The Giants have one of the best offenses in the country and there’s no signs that side of the ball will show any growing pains on Sunday. The Giants are one of the best home run hitting teams in baseball and their offense can put the game out of reach often with just a few swings of the bat. Additionally, according to covers.com, for the Giants, the under is 5-0 in Gausman’s last five starts during game three of a series. For the Rockies, the under is 4-0 in Senzatela’s last four starts as a home underdog, is 5-0 in his last five starts as an underdog overall, is 3-0-1 in their last four Sunday games, is 5-0 in Senzatela’s last five starts during game three of a series, and is 5-0 in his last five starts on grass.

Prediction: Under 11.5
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Written By Eric Ploch , "Eric P."

Eric grew up surrounded by sports, whether it was spending the weekend catching games in person or on tv, or heading out to the fields to play whatever sport was in season. What started as a hobby, soon became a passion, as he became the sports editor of his high school newspaper, then wrote for his university newspaper during his undergrad years. After obtaining a degree in Sports Operations and Promotions, and spending 8 years deeply immersed in the sports world, Eric decided to take his love for analytics and predictions, and his experience, to online sports fans everywhere. James is now an integral part of our team here at StatSalt and has also been a very successful sports bettor over the years. Be sure and follow him daily.