San Francisco (5-2) at Colorado (3-3)
When: Tuesday, April 12th 2016
Where: Coors Field, Denver, CO
Time: 8:40 ET | TV: CSN Bay Area, ROOT Colorado
The San Francisco Giants try and slow down Trevor Story and the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night in Denver. Story set major league records for most home runs in the first six games of a career and in a team’s first six contests of a season when he belted his seventh in Colorado’s 6-3 victory over San Diego on Sunday. Story broke the previous record of six home runs through a team’s first six games held by San Francisco’s Willie Mays (1964), Philadelphia’s Mike Schmidt (1976) and Colorado’s Larry Walker (1997). While the Rockies are scoring runs, their pitching is letting up more and have a major league worst 7.92 ERA. The Giants are coming into this series after taking three of four from rival the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. The Giants won Sunday’s game 9-6 after trailing 5-0 in the first inning. Buster Posey has carried the offense in the early going 9-for-23 with two homeruns and five RBI and he loves Coors Field (.396, 9 HRs, 34 RBI in 46 games).
Pitchers: Giants – Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 5.06 ERA) | Rockies – Tyler Chatwood (1-0, 1.42)
Jeff Samardzija received a no-decision after allowing three runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out six in 5.1 innings of San Francisco’s 4-3 loss in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Samardzija is 2-0 with a 2.01 ERA in seven games (three starts) versus Colorado and won his only start at Coors Field (one run in 7.1 innings) while pitching for the Chicago Cubs in 2013.
Tyler Chatwood has been about the only bright spot in the Rockies rotation so far after allowing just one earned run in 6.1 innings in Colorado’s 4-3 victory over Arizona on Wednesday. Chatwood, who is 21-22 with a 4.29 ERA lifetime but 10-4, 3.92 at Coors Field, is 3-2, 3.46 in eight games (seven starts) against San Francisco.
The Giants are in a groove right now and they love Coors Field. I think Samardzija settles down enough to get the win today.
Pick: Giants -121