Colorado Rockies (24-29) vs. San Francisco Giants (26-27)
Two teams fighting for their playoff lives will square off when the Colorado Rockies play the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday evening. Colorado is 2.5 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the final wild-card spot while the Giants are just a half-game left. This series will be huge as both teams have the ability to knock the other one out of the race. They may knock each other out.
Coming into Tuesday night’s contest, the Rockies had won the last two meetings between the two teams. That included a 7-2 victory on Monday. The most recent games in San Francisco were at the beginning of August when the Rockies won three of four in San Francisco.
Anything Left in the Tank with Arenado Out?The Rockies have already suffered some huge losses this season, including LF Ian Desmond and starter Jon Gray being out. However, the loss of All-Star Nolan Arenado to a shoulder injury leaves this team without one of the five best players in baseball. Arenado was only hitting .253 with eight homers, but is the best defensive third baseman in the game and is a game-changer at the plate.
Oddly enough, the Rockies have responded to the loss of their star, winning both games since he went down. Ryan McMahon took over for Arenado at third and has driven in a run in each of the last two games, and they will need him to keep this pace up if the team is going to make the post-season.
Colorado has one of the worst team ERAs in baseball and that is no surprise, but they are the fifth-best on the road at 3.99. In fact, their road ERA is better than the Giants at home (4.69), which should give Colorado a decided edge.
Looking to deliver a big outing for Colorado is right-hander Ryan Castellani. Castellani is 1-3 with a 5.69 ERA, but he has been very good on the road, posting a 1-0 record and a 3.77 ERA in three starts. The right-hander was shelled in his last start, giving up seven earned runs and two homers in 4.1 innings against the Dodgers.
Giants Letting Season Slip AwayThe San Francisco Giants may have the edge on the Rockies in the standings, but they are giving away their chances at a post-season appearance, losing three of their last four games. It is an inconsistent offense that has this team reeling, as they have scored two runs or less in three of those four games. They scored 14 in the one victory over the A’s this past weekend, but two shutout losses and a loss where they scored just two runs is pathetic.
Adding to the problem is the fact that the pitching staff has either been really good or really mediocre. San Francisco is 9-8 this month. In the nine wins, they have given up 24 runs. In the eight losses, they have yielded 52 runs.
The Giants have not named their starter for Wednesday.
San Francisco Giants:
- 0-4 in their last four games against NL West teams.
- 5-2 in the last seven meetings against Giants.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
In years past, the conventional wisdom was the Rockies on the road equals a loss, but this is not your father’s Rockies. Colorado is pitching very well on the road this season, and Castellani has been great away from Coors Field as well.
At the time when they need to be playing their best ball, the Giants are coming up small. They have likely knocked themselves out of playoff contention, and by the end of this series, they will likely be all but eliminated.
I like the team that is playing with lots of heart. Take the Rockies.
Prediction: Rockies continue to roll (-150)
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 9.0, and I think that is just a little low. This is not going to be a slugfest, but the Giants are either feast or famine right now, and I see this contest as famine against the Rockies hurler.
Both teams are going to have the chance to score big as I see lots of runners left on base in this contest. Take the Rockies to win, 6-4.
Prediction: Slightly over 9.0 (-110)