Inconsistent Giants Hope to Even up Series Against Rockies

San Francisco Giants players

Jay Pryce

Sunday, April 16, 2017 3:04 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017 3:04 PM GMT

The Rockies are the surprise NL West leaders through the first two weeks of the season. They hope to hold on to the top spot behind red-hot rookie Antonio Senzatela, as he squares off against Jeff Samardzija and the Giants Sunday afternoon.

Colorado Rockies (8-5)

Tyler Chatwood tossed a two-hit shutout over the Giants on Saturday for a 5-0 win. The victory propelled the Rockies to first place in the NL West. Colorado pitchers have held teams scoreless in nine games since the start of 2015, San Francisco owns more than half of those with five.

Rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela in hoping he too can blank the Giants on Sunday. The 22-year-old is aggressive on the hill, constantly pounding the zone with a 95-mph fourseam fastball. Senza is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA through two starts, recording 11 strikeouts to seven hits and four walks. The Venezuelan showed little in spring training to suggest a hot start, going 0-4 with a 4.61 ERA.

Colorado’s front office has built the team around the hitting-friendly confines of Coors Field in the past with an emphasis on offense. This year’s team is constructed around pitching and defense. The change is showing in the betting market, particularly with totals. The Under is 12-4 in the Rockies last 16 games, staying 2.4 runs south of a 9.8 average over/under. Colorado averages 3.44 runs per game in this span while allowing 3.94.

 

San Francisco Giants (5-8)

The Giants have been tanking since last year’s All-Star break. Including the playoffs, their 37-52 (41.6 percent) record is fourth worst in MLB behind the Phillies, Twins, and Padres.

San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy taps Jeff Samardzija for today’s start. Recent history suggests the veteran right-hander will not turn the team’s fortunes around. The Giants are 5-15 SU in his last 20 starts. Scoring is the biggest issue for Bochy’s men, backing Samardzija with only 2.7 runs per game. He and the bullpen allow 3.9 runs per game in this stretch.

Samardzija has not gifted more than two earned runs against the Rockies in his last five starts against, going 2-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 36 frames. He yields a .248 and .619 OPS to the current Colorado roster, Carlos Gonzalez owning the only home run in 125 combined at-bats.

 

Colorado Rockies vs San Francisco Giants  

Despite San Francisco’s poor play since last July, the staff has shown some consistency against division opponents at AT&T Park. The Rockies’ five runs on Saturday were just the second time an NL West team scored more than four in this span. The Giants allow 2.76 runs per game in 17 outings overall. Expect Samardzija to give his team a chance, but it's tough to lay the points against the red-hot rookie commanding the hill on the other side. Under 7.5 holds the most value in what should be a pitching and defensive duel.

 Free MLB Pick: Under 7.5Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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