It was a nice night for the Giants at home in San Francisco last night, as they downed the Rockies by a score of 4-2. Madison Bumgarner was dominant, striking out 11 batters along the way. That’s a nice show put on Bumgarner for potential suitors elsewhere in the majors. The Yankees may or may not be the eventual landing spot for Bumgarner. The popular opinion is that either Marcus Stroman or Bumgarner is destined for the Bronx. They have no needs offensively, so pitching will be their calling at the deadline.
Colorado got a spot start out of Chi Chi Gonzalez last night, which was his first action in the major leagues since 2016 with the Rangers.With Kyle Freeland down in the minors hoping to get his mechanics straight, Gonzalez may be here longer than anticipated. Freeland was in Cy Young talks a season ago, but has quickly fallen off the map in 2019.
That was only his second season, so the future certainly looked bright for him. His performance this year is a cautionary tale on how not to judge a pitcher by just one year of play. That’s not an ample sample size, though Freeland can still figure things out and come back strong.
It puts more pressure on the rest of the rotation to pitch well. They certainly lack an ace, which Freeland acted like last season, though. It’s difficult to fathom that the Rockies are going to cause much noise in the National League given their pitching.
The Dodgers can rest easy knowing that much. The Rockies enter Wednesday with just one win in their previous five games. They’ve slipped to 13 games back of 1st in the NL West. Everyone other than the Dodgers are down and out in that division. German Marquez looks to steer the Rockies in the right direction on Wednesday afternoon. Veteran Jeff Samardzija will counter for the Giants. Head below for our free Rockies vs. Giants pick.
Colorado Rockies vs. S.F. Giants Pick:
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German Marquez is coming off a marquee start against the Dodgers. In what was his best performance of the season, Marquez held the Dodgers to just 1-run across 8 innings of work. The Rockies weren’t going to mess around with their bullpen, and just allowed Marquez to stay in the game for 8 innings. It was easy to make the decision, because Marquez was mowing through hitters with only 11.6 pitches per inning for 93 in total. This was a nice answer for him, after getting pummeled by the Padres for 7 runs. He’s been better on the road than at Coors Field that’s for sure. That goes for a lot of pitchers, who don’t care for pitching in Denver at all.
So, you have to think that Marquez would have a better ERA than 4.32 if he wasn’t a member of the Rockies. Marquez holds an ERA of 3.02 and 0.79 WHIP on the road in 2019. Take him out of the pinball machine of Coors Field and Marquez suddenly turns into a pretty nice option for Colorado. He’s allowed 1 or no runs in five of eight outings as a visitor. Note that the Giants have scored 9 runs on him in 74 at-bats.
Meanwhile, his opponent, Jeff Samardzija, has allowed 31 runs against the Rockies in 217 appearences at the plate. Colorado are hitting .304 with a .335 OBP during those at-bats. Samardzija has gone 2-6 in his previous eight performances against the Rockies. Further, Samardzija has been out of his element with an ERA of 6.61 and 1.84 WHIP in his last three. He was surprisingly pitching pretty well earlier in the season, but he’s allowed himself to get out of form recently. Expect Colorado to respond with a win on Wednesday in this spot.