MLB Betting Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants – Friday, August 2, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Coor's Field in Denver, Colorado
When: Friday August 2, 2019 at 8:40 PM ET
Spread: Colorado Rockies -104
Friday is the start of the weekend and that means one thing: the start of a new weekend series in baseball.
That is the case in Colorado as the San Francisco Giants visit the Rockies at Coors Field for three games.
While the Rockies didn’t make any noteworthy trades at the deadline, the Giants did a little buying and selling.
They traded away three relievers, but also acquired second-baseman Scooter Gennett from the Reds. That sets the table for the playoff run; as the Rockies are seemingly out of it, and the Giants are hanging around only three and a half games out of the Wild Card.
Shaun Anderson will get the ball for the San Francisco Giants and make his 15th start of 2019. So far, Anderson is 3-3 with a 5.06 earned run average. It’s somewhat surprising that Anderson that Anderson is still getting a run at being in the rotation, especially with the Giants so close to the playoffs.
He doesn’t strikeout almost anyone, only 6.39 K/9, and walks a good amount of batters, BB/9 of 3.13. He has given up a home run in eight of his fourteen starts this year, and has given up four or more runs in four of his last five starts. Somewhat exceptionally however, is the fact that the Giants have won five of his last six starts despite a 7.71 earned run average.
For the Rockies, Peter Lambert will take the hill for his tenth start this season. Lambert hasn’t picked up a win in almost two months, his last coming on June 11th against the Cubs. He’s 2-2 in total this year, with a 5.67 earned run average.
As bad as those numbers are, his numbers at Coors Field are even worse. Much of that might not be his fault, as Coors is famous for ruining pitchers, but in five home starts he has an earned run average of 7.61.
Batters To Watch
For the Giants, it is hard to pick any batter to watch, considering they are one of the worst hitting teams in all of baseball. One of their better hitters this season has somehow been Pablo Sandoval. Yes, their hitting is THAT bad.
It has been a renaissance year of sorts for Sandoval, having his highest batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and home runs since the 2014 season. Even his wRC+ is over league average at 112.
The Rockies are loaded with hitting talent including the likes of Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon. The forgotten man however, has been David Dahl. The 2019 All Star, and former top-ten pick, is hitting over .300 this season with 15 home runs and 61 runs batted in. He’s currently on a nine game hitting streak, that includes three doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Shaun Anderson is terrible on the road, with a 5.65 ERA and a .306 opponents batting average. Could you possibly ask for a worse starter to take into Coors Field? Take the Rockies.