9:45 p.m. ET – Rockies at Giants (-180 ML) O/U: 7½
The 8-13 Rockies travel to Oracle Park on Monday night for the opener of a three-game series against the 14-8 Giants. Colorado has won four of its last five games, including a 12-2 win on Sunday over the Phillies that included a grand slam from shortstop Trevor Story and six strong innings of pitching from right-hander Jon Gray, who only allowed two runs. San Francisco has won six of its last eight games, including a 4-3 win in the series finale against the Marlins on Sunday.
About the Rockies
The Rockies are looking to do something they have yet to do this year: win a game away from Coors Field. Colorado is 0-6 on the road this season, and with seven road games in the next seven days, the Rockies are going to need to figure something out to remedy their road woes quickly or their season could be over before the All-Star break is even in sight.
A bright spot for Colorado this season has been left fielder Raimel Tapia, who is batting .306 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 72 at-bats thus far. Over his last seven games, Tapia is batting over .400 with only one strikeout. Shortstop Story has taken over for Nolan Arenado as the best player on the lowly Rockies, batting .417 with two home runs and nine RBI in his last seven games. Right fielder Charlie Blackmon continues to struggle mightily out of the gate this season, batting .153 with only one home run in his first 59 at-bats. While the Rockies rank in top 10 in runs scored per game in the MLB at 4.8, they also allow 4.5 runs per game as part of the Coors Field effect.
About the Giants
The Giants are one of the biggest surprises in all of baseball in the opening month of the season. San Francisco ranks 26th in runs scored per game at 3.6, yet sits at six games above .500. A large reason for the lack of run support in the early going can be traced to the struggles of Mike Yastrzemki and Brandon Crawford, both are currently batting under .215.
Veterans Buster Posey and Evan Longoria have helped produce for this offense, batting .277 and .291, respectively, with each having four home runs. The pitching staff has been phenomenal, allowing 3.2 runs per game, the fewest in Major League Baseball.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Colorado Rockies||+1½ (-145)||+150||O 7½ (+100)|
|San Francisco Giants||-1½ (+125)||-180||U 7½ (-120)|
The Pitching Matchup
Left-hander Austin Gomber will be getting the ball for the Rockies. Gomber is 1-2 this season with a 3.38 ERA in 21.1 innings of work in four starts. Gomber was great in his last outing, going six innings and allowing only two runs against the Astros while picking up the win.
Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani will be toeing the rubber for the Giants in the series opener. DeSclafani is 1-0 this year with a 2.14 ERA in 21 innings pitched across four starts. DeSclafani was unable to get past the fifth inning of his last outing for the first time all season, going only four innings and allowing three runs.
With double-digit winds blowing out of Oracle Park on Monday, the Rockies should feel more like they are at home than on the dreaded road. Expect Colorado to keep up the momentum they are bringing into this one following a 12-run outing on Sunday.