The San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies meet for the second of a three-game series on Saturday at Coors Field. The Rockies won a close one by a score of 5-4 Friday night in Denver. Peter Lambert was serviceable enough pitching at Coors, with 4 earned runs allowed in 6 innings.
That isn’t all that bad in this ballpark. The real stars of the game in the win was the bullpen, though. Jairo Diaz and Scott Oberg held it down for 3 innings, as they blanked the Giants for no runs to preserve the 5-4 victory.
The Giants and Rockies are both vying for the same wildcard in the National League. San Francisco must believe they have a pretty good shot at going to the postseason because they ended up keeping Madison Bumgarner. Bruce Bochy and Farhan Zaidi feel confident, but I don’t know how many other people feel confident against the Giants.
You have to give this team credit, though. They were sitting way back in the National League and started digging in and chipping away at their deficit. A lot of teams would fold up shop and look for the exits on their season.
What looked like a throwaway season has turned into a potential postseason berth for San Francisco. They are still 3.5 games back, though, so there is work to be done. Losing three of their last four games doesn’t help their cause.
Conversely, the Rockies are 7.5 games back, so things are looking rather bleak for them. Jon Gray, who will hit the mound for the start on Saturday, has been doing his job and pitching well of late. Bumgarner will pitch in his first game since the trade deadline rumors finally died. Get our free Giants vs. Rockies pick below.
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Bumgarner has to be feeling a lot better now that he doesn’t have to read or hear about this rumor or that rumor. The deadline has passed and he is still a member of the Giants. The Giants hope he helps aide a late postseason push and they find a way to notch a wildcard. Without him, there would be no chance of going to the playoffs. Their rotation would be too thin and this is the guy who helped lead the Giants to three championships.
After ten years of service in the majors, Bumgarner is still performing at a high level. He enters Saturday with an ERA of 3.74 and 1.15 WHIP. It could be better, and that could be a career-low for him if it stays that way, but it’s still solid regardless. At home in San Francisco, Bumgarner has been better with a 3.35 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.
The road has been a different story for him, where he owns a 4.27 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 59 innings of work. He’s allowed 7 runs in his last 14 innings pitched, so Bumgarner could have been better against the Padres and Cubs. Coors Field is one of the trickiest parks for a visiting pitcher to play in on the road. Jon Gray, though, has been able to embrace the air in Denver and make the most of it. Gray has a 3.55 ERA in 63.1 innings of work in Colorado.
He is coming off a couple of superb showings against capable offenses recently. Gray held the Nationals to 1-run and then did the same against the Dodgers in his next outing. In eight of his last nine starts, Gray has allowed 3 or less runs. And in seven of his last nine, he’s yielded 2 or less runs. Bumgarner might be the bigger name in this matchup, but I’m siding with Gray and the Rockies at home.