It will be a battle of N.L. West rivals on Wednesday as the Colorado Rockies (9-14) square off with the San Francisco Giants (15-9). The Giants will host this one at Oracle Park, with first pitch scheduled for 9:45 pm ET.
This is the finale of the three-game series. The Giants won the first game 12-0, but the Rockies bounced back for a 7-5 extra-inning win on Tuesday.
In the win, Ryan McMahon and CJ Cron went back-to-back in extra innings to give the Rockies a lead they wouldn’t give up.
In the loss, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford homered. For Crawford, it was a game-tying home run in the ninth that forced extra innings.
The Giants are the favorites playing at home. They are -144 to win while the Rockies’ moneyline is +122. The runline features Colorado +1.5 while the over/under for total runs is seven.
Colorado will send German Marquez (1-1, 3.45 ERA) to the mound Wednesday. In his last start, a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Marquez went six innings allowing six hits, three walks, two runs, and struck out eight.
The Giants will counter with southpaw Alex Wood (2-0, 0.75 ERA). Wood has faced the Marlins in both of his starts but has given up just a single run in those two games. In addition to a 0.75 ERA, he has a 0.50 WHIP and has struck out 11 in 12 innings of work.
By The Numbers
Offensively, Colorado has been the stronger of the two teams. They currently rank eighth in the majors averaging 4.55 runs per game. The Giants rank 19th averaging four runs per game.
Defensively, the Giants have been the best in MLB. They are currently allowing opponents just 3.04 runs per game. The Rockies fall to 25th overall in runs allowed at 4.82 per game.
Colorado Hopes To Take Finale
This season, the Rockies seem to be a bit in disarray. They traded away their biggest superstar over the offseason in Nolan Arenado, and their general manager recently resigned from his position.
While the franchise may be in a bit of turmoil off the field, the team is just trying to stay competitive on it. At 9-14, they currently sit in the last place in the N.L. West.
Offensively, Ryan McMahon has led the team. He is currently hitting .273/.304/.591 with a team-leading eight home runs and fifteen runs batted in.
Thankfully for Rockies fans, both Trevor Story and CJ Cron have picked it up recently. Combined, they have hit five home runs and twelve runs batted in over the last week.
Giants Hope To Keep Hot Start Rolling
In a division that everyone expected the Dodgers and Padres to battle it out in, no one really expected the Giants to be right in the thick of things. Still, at 15-9, they sit in second in the N.L. West and just half a game behind the Dodgers.
Leading the way offensively for the Giants has been catcher Buster Posey. After sitting out last season due to COVID-19 concerns, the veteran has gotten off to a nice start this year. In 57 at bats, he is hitting .351/.413/.667 with a team-leading five home runs.
One player to watch in this one is Brandon Belt. He homered in Tuesday’s game and has had success against Marquez. In 24 at bats against the righty, he is hitting .417 with a home run and four runs batted in.
Taking Colorado On The Runline
This one is a tough one. On the one hand, the Giants have been the far superior team, but the pitching matchup may actually favor Colorado.
While Wood’s numbers look good for the Giants, he has only thrown twelve innings thus far in a pair of games against the Marlins.
On the flip side, Marquez may not be a dominant ace, but he has not been horrific when not at Coors Field. He exemplified this well in his last start holding Philadelphia to just a couple of runs.
The Giants still could win this one, but the runline doesn’t seem like a bad play here. Take Colorado +1.5.