It was a long-awaited win for the San Francisco Giants. They snapped a lengthy eleven-game losing streak on Friday night against the Colorado Rockies. It was also the first time in four games that the Giants’ offense scored more than 1 run in a game. The offense has been absolutely dormant, but it didn’t matter with Chris Stratton hurling the ball last night. Stratton went 9 innings strong of shutout baseball to notch a complete game.
He allowed just 2 hits and 2 walks on the evening. There are some members of the offense that have given up on playing baseball in September, but Stratton certainly brought it. After the Andrew McCutchen trade it almost feels like they thought it was the end of the season. On the schedule, it wasn’t the end of the season, though. They can go on vacation soon with the season drawing to a close soon.
Austin Slater was the big winner for the Giants on Friday, as he was responsible for the only RBI’s in the game. Nick Hundley and Joe Panik also had a nice night at the office going 2-of-3 at the plate. It’s a tough loss for the Rockies, who are trying to fend off a hungry Dodgers team. The Dodgers won again in St. Louis last night, so the Rockies are holding on by a hair now.
Colorado currently own a half game lead on the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks are 3.5 back as their season seems to be fading away. There is no guarantee that the team who comes in 2nd is going to the postseason as a wildcard. The Dodgers and Cards are currently tied for the final wildcard. They’ve done a nice job of making the Cardinals sweat, but they have their goals set on the division. The Rockies and Giants will do it all over tonight, and now the Rockies have to deal with Madison Bumgarner on the bump. Head below for our free Rockies vs. Giants pick.
Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants Pick
German Marquez (12-9, 3.94 ERA) vs. Madison Bumgarner (5-6, 3.30 ERA)
German Marquez has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball that you may not know about. Marquez enters with an ERA of 2.03 and 0.95 WHIP in his last seven outings. He hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in nine starts, and he’s allowed more than 2 runs only once during that stretch. He just neutralized a hot Diamondbacks’ offense, allowing 1 earned run across 7 innings of work. In his previous three outings, he’s posted an ERA of 2.08 and 0.88 WHIP.
He doesn’t like pitching at Coors Field, but it’s been much easier for him on the road. If he didn’t play for the Rockies, his overall numbers would look better. Marquez had a 5.14 ERA at home, but a 2.83 ERA and 0.94 WHIP on the road. It’s nice playing for a winning team, though I am sure he wouldn’t mind being in a different city where he doesn’t have to worry about the altitude.
Madison Bumgarner has been lights out this season. After coming back from his injury, he hit a bump in the road but ultimately stabilized. He’s coming off a couple brutal starts on the road against the Brewers and Rockies, but Bumgarner is returning home where he’s felt much better. Bumgarner holds an ERA of 5.02, yet a 1.49 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in San Francisco. He’s allowed no runs in his last 14 innings at AT&T Park. I expect him to look like himself in his own park, but he shouldn’t expect much in the way of run support. The Giants have averaged just 2.3 runs per game in their last twelve games. They’ve scored more than 5 runs only twice in their previous sixteen. I’d look for the UNDER to come in Saturday night.