Griffin Canning (0-3, 4.54 ERA) vs. German Marquez (2-5, 4.58 ERA)
The Los Angeles Angels bring their show to Coors Field on Friday for a three-game series in Denver. Some crazy weather in Denver recently, with temperatures fluctuating in the 90’s to snow in less than 24 hours. If you’re from the area, you don’t have to be reminded of the wild weather. You also don’t have to be reminded of how frustrating it is to be a fan of the Rockies.
They provide a glimmer of hope and then do a good job of stealing it from you. The Rockies head into Friday with a record of 20-23. Don’t fear Rockies’ fans, your team may still find a way into the postseason. The San Francisco Giants are currently in possession of the final National League wildcard with a record of 23-22.
The Rockies are the first team outside of the postseason, so the Rockies are within reach of the playoffs despite going into today with a record three games below the .500 mark. They have some bats in their lineup that I wouldn’t want to see in October if I’m a pitcher. The Rockies might be good for an upset early in the playoffs, but their pitching staff likely doesn’t have the horses to bring them very far.
The Rockies are coming off a 5-3 loss against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. This was after losses of 1-0 and 14-5 in San Diego. It wasn’t a pretty series, as the Rockies were unable to follow up from a 7-6 win last week against the Dodgers on Sunday. It was a big win for the Rockies, but coming back with three straight losses thereafter was a difficult pill to swallow.
In any case, the Rockies are back home in the comforts of Coors Field. Well, maybe Marquez German doesn’t think that Coors Field is a comfortable place to pitch. Marquez will get the call for the Rockies on Friday night at home. 24-year-old Griffin Canning is scheduled to counter for the Angels on the road. Head below for our free LA Angels vs. Colorado Rockies pick for September 11, 2020.
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German Marquez has a love-hate relationship with Coors Field. Okay, it’s mostly hate for Marquez in Denver. Marquez has gotten battered at home for a 7.03 ERA and 1.64 WHIP through four games and 24.1 innings. Opposing teams are hitting .327 against Marquez at Coors Field. He has been great on the road, but Coors Field, which is an issue for a lot of pitchers, not just Marquez, has given him a lot of problems.
Marquez has conceded 33 hits and 19 earned runs across 24.1 innings. This is a pitcher that the Angels have to hit and hit early. There is too much talent on paper in their lineup to allow Marquez to gather up confidence early on Friday night. My confidence isn’t too high on Marquez getting it done, though. Marquez owns an ERA of 5.00 and 1.50 WHIP in his last three starts, with two starts on the road and one at home.
The Angels are 11th in the major leagues with 4.87 runs scored per game. They’re a streaky offense that plays below expectations often, but should show up against Marquez in Denver. They are likely going to have to score with Griffin Canning backing them up on the bump. This will be his first ever start at Coors in his career, and he’s coming off a rough performance on Saturday.
Canning gave up 4 hits and 4 earned runs in 4 innings, though the Angels were able to eke out a win versus the Astros, 10-9. He’s been below average on the road, with an ERA of 4.85 and 1.77 WHIP. Canning has surrendered 10 hits and 10 walks in 13 innings away from Anaheim. I can’t see a trip to Denver helping him out much on Friday night.
This game looks like a case of either Canning or Marquez getting smacked, and then a team having to play catch up later in the game against a bullpen. I’m not sure which starting pitcher is going to get hit harder, but we should see more than 12 runs up on the board between the Angels and Rockies. The OVER is a solid option at the current price.