The San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies tangle on Wednesday for the second of their three-game series. The Giants are basement dwellers in the NL West, which is to be expected, but the Rockies have struggled as well, which was not the plan for them. Five games behind the Dodgers, it’s not the grandest of starts for a team who had a nice run in 2018. The Rockies ultimately went to the NLDS and faltered against the Brewers.
Milwaukee was able to sweep them, as all the Rockies were left to do is look forward to this season. They must still be dwelling on what happened last season because it’s been a slow start for the Rockies. That’s not to say they can’t catch fire. It’s only May 8th and they’ve been scoring much more easily than they were in April.
This team will rise and fall on the back of Nolan Arenado. When he is tattooing the ball, then it seems everyone follows his lead and gets hot as well. Arenado has caught fire with 9 long balls and a batting average of .305. It took him a bit of time to get his first home run, but when he did, Arenado didn’t stop hitting them far and deep. His first home run was on April 14th, about two weeks into the regular season and now he is at double digits.
The Rockies will look to make it a long night for Giants’ hurler, Derek Holland. Holland turned his career around in 2018 in his first season with the Giants and hopes to continue that in 2019. It’s the first time his ERA was below 4.00 in a full season since 2013 with the Rangers. The start of this regular season hasn’t been the kindest to him, though. Jon Gray will counter for the Rockies. Head below for our free Giants vs. Rockies pick.
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Derek Holland has some history against the Rockies with 122 showdowns against this lineup at the plate. He hasn’t faired out too well and likely doesn’t want to face the Rockies on Wednesday, especially at Coors Field. The Rockies are hitting .303 with a .381 OBP and 6 home runs in 122 at-bats. Arenado has had some fun against Holland, as he’s connected for 2 long balls and a .400 batting average in 10 at-bats.
Ian Desmond has done the same against Holland. Desmond has hit .364 with 2 long balls in 11 at-bats. Holland hasn’t been performing well on the road or anywhere for that matter. He enters with an ERA of 5.34 and 1.31 WHIP. If he’s planning on doing a repeat of his 2018 success, then he better start picking it up to regain some confidence. I don’t see how Coors Field against the Rockies is a good place to get his mojo back.
Holland is coming off a poor showing against the Yankees where he was whipped pretty good for 6 hits and 6 runs in 5 innings of play. His numbers have been in his previous three tilts with an ERA of 7.31 and 1.38 WHIP against the Yankees, Pirates, and Rockies.
That game vs Colorado was in San Francisco where he allowed 4 runs in 6 innings. Now he takes his act on the road in an unfriendly environment for pitchers. Look for the Rockies to unload on Holland in this spot. The Giants have done well against Gray with a .264 batting average and .337 OBP in 91 plate appearences. Gray has gotten walloped in his last two appearences, as he allowed 5 runs in each of his last two starts. He goes into Wednesday with an ERA of 5.51 and 1.59 WHIP in his previous three outings. Look for the scoreboard to light up in the double digits to put this contest OVER the total in Denver.