Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#2913 Colorado Rockies vs.
#2914 San Francisco Giants
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 9:45pm EDT
Written by Blake V.

Colorado will play the second game of its three-game series in San Francisco on Wednesday night. The Rockies lost two out of three to San Diego over the weekend, while San Francisco took two out of three against Arizona. This story was published prior to Tuesday night’s series opener between these teams.

Urena trying to stay in good form

Colorado has already been eliminated from the playoffs and is in bad form coming into this series. The Rockies were swept in a four-game series against San Francisco last week before losing two out of three against San Diego over the weekend. Their 13-6 loss to the Padres on Sunday was their final home game of the season. They are now going on the road for a nine-game trip that concludes with six games against the Dodgers. Colorado has the fifth-worst record in the National League and is going to finish in last place in the NL West.

The Rockies have relied on their offense again this year, which is the case virtually every season. They rank sixth in the majors in batting average, hitting at a .256 clip. First baseman C.J. Cron leads the team with 146 hits and 101 RBIs, while designated hitter Charlie Blackmon has 138 hits. They are facing a San Francisco pitching staff that is No. 10 with an ERA of 3.84. Right-handed pitcher Jose Urena is going to be on the mound for Colorado in this game. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six across 5.2 innings against San Francisco on Thursday. Urena has posted a 2.12 ERA across 17 innings in his last three starts, but he still has a rough 5.34 ERA overall this season.

Giants on verge of playoff berth elimination

San Francisco has been one of the biggest disappointments in baseball this season, failing to match preseason expectations following its breakout campaign in 2021. The Giants are likely going to be eliminated from playoff contention later this week, but they are in decent form entering this series. They swept a four-game series at Colorado last week before taking two out of three in Arizona over the weekend. San Francisco will play a six-game homestand against Colorado and Arizona before traveling to San Diego for its final three games of the season. The Giants were 8.5 games back of Philadelphia for the final NL Wild Card spot entering Tuesday’s slate.

They have not been a good offensive team this season, ranked No. 23 in batting average (.233). Second baseman Thairo Estrada leads the way with 122 hits, while second baseman Wilmer Flores has 117 hits. Left fielder Joc Pederson has hit a team-high 22 home runs. They are facing a Colorado pitching staff that is the worst in the MLB, posting a 5.07 ERA. San Francisco has not officially announced its starter for this game, but rookie right-handed Sean Hjelle is expected to start. He allowed two runs on six hits across four innings against Colorado last Tuesday. Hjelle has allowed nine runs in 10 innings this month, posting an 8.44 ERA in 16 innings. He was optioned to Triple-A following his start last week.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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This is a nice spot to back Colorado as a road underdog against a San Francisco team that is on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention. The Giants do not have a strong starting pitcher on the mound, which means they will likely be using a mix of relievers to get through this game. Urena has not been good overall this season, but he is in a nice stretch entering this game. He has posted a 2.12 ERA in his last 17 innings on the mound, including 5.2 strong innings against San Francisco last week. The Giants have not been a good offensive team this season, giving Urena a chance to lower his ERA even more.

Prediction: Colorado +134

Full-Game Total Pick

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These teams have both been going under the total at a high rate of late, and I have no reason to think that will change on Wednesday. Urena is in his best form of the season, posting a 2.12 ERA in his last three starts. He should feel optimistic about that continuing on Wednesday, as he put together a strong outing against the Giants last week. Colorado has gone under the total in nine of its last 12 games, with the offense struggling to produce like it did earlier in the season. San Francisco has gone under in five of its last six games, including four of its last five at home.

Prediction: Under
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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. Blake is also an avid sports being expert and you would not be disappointed in following him on a daily basis. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. 
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