On Friday, the Colorado Rockies will begin a brand new series with the rival San Francisco Giants at Coors Field in Denver, CO. Game 1 can be seen at 8:40 P.M ET. Shaun Anderson will start for San Francisco, while Peter Lambert will take the ball for the Rockies.
Giants Looking to Make Run
Less than three games back of the final National League Wild Card spot, and with about a six-percent chance to actually make the playoffs, the San Francisco Giants kept their biggest asset at the trade deadline, Madison Bumgarner, which signals that they’re going for it, rather than throwing in the towel. They did unload a few relievers at the deadline, but by keeping Bumgarner and acquiring former MLB All-Star Scooter Gennett from the Reds, they’re giving their fans hope that it’s not a lost season.
After starting the second half six games below .500, the team went 11-2 to put themselves back in contention. Now, San Francisco has a respectable 55-54 record with hopes to continue their upward trajectory. On the horizon, however, they’ll be tested; first up, they have a series with the rival Colorado Rockies, followed by consecutive series against teams hoping to secure their own postseason berth, the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.
On Friday, the Giants will send Shaun Anderson to the bump to try and get a win against the Rockies. A big righty, Anderson has been solid recently, with the Giants winning five of his last six starts.
Rockies Fading Fast
One game into the MLB’s second half, the Colorado Rockies were hoping to make a run. They had just beaten Cincinnati, giving them an even .500 record, and a struggling Giants team was their next series on the schedule after two more games against the Reds. Colorado wound up splitting their next two with the Reds but when they hosted the Giants in a four-game series, the Rockies season went one way — down — while the Giants’ season went the other way — way up. San Francisco swept Colorado in said series, winning four games against the Rockies. And not only did the Rockies lose, but they also lost BAD. The Giants outscored the Rockies 40-15 in that four-game series, and the stench followed them on the road, where they lost seven of 10 to the Yankees (1-2), Nationals (1-3), and Reds (1-2).
Colorado will head into Friday’s series opener with a 50-59 record. Peter Lambert, a 22-year-old rookie, will get the ball, hoping to get the team back on track. Unfortunately, the Rockies have lost all of Lambert’s last seven starts.
- 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. San Francisco.
- 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. San Francisco.
- 6-20 in their last 26 overall.
- 0-7 in their last 7 games with Lambert starting.
San Francisco is:
- 5-1 in their last 6 games with Anderson starting.
- 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games.
- 12-3 in their last 15 road games.
- 20-6 in their last 26 overall.