San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies Prediction, Power Pick and Preview - 09/25/2021

by Big Al Staff

San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies Prediction, Power Pick and Preview - 09/25/2021

Game Time: 8:10 pm ET, Saturday, September 25th, 2021 
Venue: Coors Field, Denver Colorado
Where to Watch: ATT SportsNet-RM, NBCS BA

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DraftKings:  Giants -155  Rockies +135  O/U:  11.5 runs

Season Record

Giants:  99-54  (1st place NL West)  - by a game
Rockies:  71-81 (4th place NL West) - 28 games out of 1st with 9 games to play.

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Giants vs Rockies Preview and Analysis

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The Giants are 6-4 over their last ten games.  The logged 7 Overs and 3 Unders.  They have been a dominant winning machine all year.  They have been consistently ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers (who have a much better roster)... and now, just now… they are leaving the door open just enough for the Dodgers to CATCH UP.  Over the ten game stretch they went 2-2 against the San Diego Padres, 2-1 against the Atlanta Braves, and then 2-1 against the San Diego Padres again.  It’s win or lose first place over the next 9 games to complete the season.  If they fall out of first they may wind up away from Oracle Park in front of some other team’s fans regretting not digging one more out during this stretch.

The Rockies are also 6-4 over their last ten games, which for the Rockies is pretty good. The Rockies don’t have to and can’t compete for anything right now.  They can only play the role of spoiler in their division.  That is all that is left.  The Rockies went 1-1 against the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0 against the Atlanta Braves, 2-1 against the Washington Nationals, and 1-2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  They Notched 3 Overs, 5 Unders and 2 Push during that span.

 

Offensive Analysis 

The Giants are Giants at the plate.  They are 6th in MLb in runs scored 4.94 per game, 6th in batting average .249, 6th in OBP .329.  That is full steam ahead offensive consistency.  

The Rockies are 11th in runs scored 4.61 per game, 8th in batting average .248, 17th in OBP .316.  If some of those numbers look good to you, you must remember:  The Rockies play in the easiest stadium to get hits and homers in.  Denver has thin air as a result of its “mile high” elevation.  Every matchup in Coors Field features banner batting performances.  This out of contention team routinely goes into games with double digit O/U targets.

Defensive Analysis

The Giants are 2nd in team ERA 2.98, 15th in strikeouts 1337, 2nd in WHIP 1.15.  They have great and good pitchers up and down the rotation.  The result of doing everything well, even the bullpen is a league leading record.

The Rockies are atrocious from the mound. 24th in team ERA 4.75, 25th in strikeouts 1206, 23rd in WHIP 1.37.  Part of it is because they don’t have very good pitchers, but a big part of it is the thin air. It’s tough pitching to batters that feel superhuman and are experiencing a personal best in distance even when they glance a foul ball into the stands.  If I were an agent of a promising young pitcher I’d look to get him out of Coors Field as soon as he is contractually able. 

Giants vs Rockies Prediction

Our prediction for Saturday, September 25th is… Giants 7 - Rockies 5

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MLB Betting Trends

The Giants are 50-28 in road games.
The Giants are 61-36 in night games.
The Giants road O/U is 34-40-4… they have had high O/U marks all season to account for their first place record.
The Rockies are 46-29 in home games ( and completely reversed in road games)
The Rockies are 45-47 in night games


Key Injuries

Rockies:  C. Joe RF  (hamstring) out for season  *  C. Gonzalez  SP (oblique) Out for season
Giants:  D Ruf 1B  (oblique)  Out for season  *  J. Cueto SP (elbow) Out til October

Players to Watch

Anthony DeSclafani will start for the Giants.  The righty has been pretty solid with the baseball  12-7, 3.23 ERA, 146 SO in 158 IP.  1.09 WHIP.  The 31 year old is throwing great for a team that is winning.  It’s gotta be a good feeling.

The Rockies will start Jon Gray.  The right-handed pitcher is as vibrant as his name 8-11, 4.17 ERA, 145 strikeouts in 140 IP.  1.33 WHIP.  

Starting Lineups

Giants: 
T. La Stella, 2B
B. Belt, 1B
B. Posey, C
L. Wade Jr., RF
K. Bryant, LF
B. Crawford, SS
E. Longoria, 3B
M. Yastrzemski, CF

Rockies:
R. Tapia, LF
B. Rodgers, 2B
T. Story, SS
C. Blackmon, RF
C. Cron, 1B
E. Diaz, C
S. Hilliard, CF
C. Welker, 3B

Statistical Leaders

Giants:

Batting Average:  Brandon Crawford .298
Home Runs:  Brandon Belt  26
Wins:  Kevin Gausman  14
Saves:  Jake McGee
Holds:  Tyler Rogers

Rockies:
Batting Average:  C.J. Cron .279
Hits:  Charlie Blackmon 130
Wins:  German Marquez  12
Saves:  Daniel Bard  20

Managers:

Giants:  Gabe Kapler
Rockies: Bud Black

 

Weather Forecast 

Sunny.  Humidity 19%.  Wind 6mph… The air is thin, it’s desperately thin.  

 


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