The Colorado Rockies will head on the road to AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon for the final game of their weekend series clash versus the NL West-rival San Francisco Giants.
The Rockies are clinging to a slim half-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race. The Dodgers recently moved into a tie with the St. Louis Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot in the National League — a spot that the Rockies would currently hold if they were to relinquish their division lead.
Senzatela trying to keep Rockies in division lead
The Rockies are expected to hand the ball to right-hander Antonio Senzatela, who has kept Colorado competitive over his last three starts, despite going 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA during that span. The 23-year-old comes in having lost three straight decisions and now owns a 4-6 overall record to go along with a riding 5.01 ERA in 20 appearances (10 starts) this season. He is fresh off of spinning six innings of four-run ball at home against the Diamondbacks in his last outing.
Senzatela has already made two starts against the Giants this season, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. According to Baseball Savant, the current San Francisco lineup is batting .282 in 94 plate appearances versus the Rockies’ right-hander heading into Sunday’s start.
Rodriguez vying for NL Rookie of the Year
The Giants will counter by sending emerging rookie right-hander Dereck Rodriguez to the hill at home on Sunday after the 26-year-old turned in his eighth quality start in his past nine outings last time out against the Atlanta Braves. Rodriguez limited the Braves to just two runs (one earned) in 6 ⅓ innings of work, while striking out three batters and walking just two on the night, but took another tough luck loss in a 4-1 Giants’ defeat. San Francisco has now lost each of Rodriguez’s last four starts, but he comes into the weekend having surrendered three earned runs or less in 15 straight starts and two or less in 13 of those 15 outings.
Rodriguez made his MLB debut against the Rockies out of the bullpen and recently made his first career start versus Colorado just two outings ago. He comes in with a 1.93 ERA in those outings and tossed six innings of one-run ball against the Rockies two starts ago. Current Rockies batters are hitting .275 in 43 plate appearances against the Giants’ rookie heading into this game.
- Giants are 1-5 in their last 6 home games.
- Giants are 1-6 in their last 7 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Giants are 2-14 in their last 16 during game 3 of a series.
- Rockies are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Rockies are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series