The Colorado Rockies are set to face the San Francisco Giants in the opening game of a day-night doubleheader on Monday. Currently, Colorado is the favorite according to most sportsbooks at -1.5.
Colorado has fared well at home, posting a 26-20 record. San Francisco has been respectable on the road, going 23-23. Both teams are pretty even ATS. San Francisco is 47-44 while Colorado is 45-46.
Colorado is a team that has struggled ATS at home. With an 18-27 mark, they certainly leave a lot to be desired. To their credit, San Francisco has done well ATS away, as they have gone 27-18 so far on the year.
Head-to-head over the last 10 games, San Francisco leads Colorado with 4.30 runs scored per game. They also have accumulated eight hits, and 3.70 walks per contest. Colorado has the edge in strikeouts at 12.10.
Marquez looks to end his skid
German Marquez has not done well over his last two decisions. He has lost both of them. His most recent outing was against Arizona on June 7.
Marquez pitched six innings, giving up six hits and five runs, four of which were earned. Facing 26 batters, he threw 95 pitches in total.
With the loss, his record dropped to 8-4, and his ERA was raised to a 4.45 mark.
He has struggled against the San Francisco Giants. They have seen the ball well off him. They have 29 hits in 90 at-bats. That includes two home runs and 13 runs batted in. For their efforts as a team, they have accumulated a .322 batting average.
The player who has had the most success against him is Giants catcher Buster Posey. In 10 at-bats, Posey has recorded three hits, including a double. With a home run and four runs batted in, that is good enough for a .300 batting average.
Another player that has fared well against Marquez is Pablo Sandoval. In seven at-bats, Sandoval has four hits, including a home run and three runs batted in. He has a .571 batting average.
Jeff Samardzija has had an up-and-down season. He comes into Monday’s action with a 6-7 record and a 4.01 ERA. He did well in his last start, however.
Pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 7, he went seven innings and gave up four hits. Recording two strikeouts on 96 pitches and facing 25 overall batters, he certainly got his work in.
The Rockies are a team that has seen him well. In 234 at-bats, they have 69 hits. That is good enough for a .295 batting average. Nolan Arenado and Daniel Murphy have both seen him well. Arenado has 13 hits in 38 at-bats against him, recording four doubles and seven runs batted in.
Murphy has recorded 10 hits in 22 at-bats, including a home run and seven runs batted in. He has the higher average of the two players at .455.
I would take the Rockies in this game. Marquez is due for a bounce-back start, and the Giants are the perfect team to right the ship against. Take the Rockies at -1.5 in this one.