The Race Is On: Rockies Have `Giant' Chance to Make Statement

The opportunity is there for the Rockies to not only advance to the post-season for the fifth time, but to win the NL West for the first time. 

Giants at Coors

Year W-L
2018 5-1
2017 9-1
2016 5-4
2015 5-5
2014 5-4
2013 7-3
Total 36-18

They don't have to rely on anybody except themselves.

They are in second place in the NL West, a half-game back of the Dodgers, and a half-game in front of the Diamondbacks.

They open a 10-game homestand with the first of three games against the Giants on Monday afternoon, and then welcome the Dodgers to town for three weekend games, and the D-Backs for a four-game series beginning next Monday.

After that, they go on the road for three games each at the Giants, Dodgers and D-Backs before returning home for a seven-game homestand against the Phillies (four games) and Nationals (three games) to conclude the regular season.

The focus for now, however, is on the Giants. And the Rockies have to like what they have seen in games with the Giants in last six years. The Rockies already have clinched their sixth consecutive home record against the Giants this year,winning five of six,and they have won 15 of their last 17 games against the Giants at Coors Field, dating back to the final game the two teams played in Denver in 2016.

Their loss to the Giants at Coors Field this year was a start by Jon Gray -- the pre-refresher course in Albuquerque Jon Gray.

Rockies Enjoy Giant Success at Home

Date W-L WP LP Save Notable
5/28/2018 6-5 (10) B.Shaw H.Strickland Story 3-R HR 1st; Desmond 1-out, GW single 10th
5/29/2018 11-4 K.Freeland J.Samardzija 8 Rockies had RBI; 2 each Arenado, Iannetta, Dahl
5/30/2018 4-7 D.Holland H.Musgrave H.Strickland Jon Gray 3 1/3 IP; 6 hits, 3 walks; 91 pitches
7/2/2018 5-2 K.Freeland M.Bumgarner W.Davis 3-run 7th vs. Bumgarner; 2-run 8th vs. Blach
7/3/2018 8-1 A.Senzatela C.Stratton Arenado 3-run HR 5th gave Rockies 6-0 lead
7/4/2018 1-0 T.Anderson A.Suarez W.Davis Iannetta HR 7th; Anderson 2 H, 2 BB, 8 IP

Among teams the NL West teams, the Giants have had more seasons of three or fewer wins at Coors Field -- seven than any of the others. They are 1-5 this year with three games to play. If they Rockies weep the series, it will be the third one-win season for the Giants at Coors Field. If the Rockies win just one game it will be the eighth time the Giants have won three or fewer games at Coors Field.

Out in the Cold at Coors

Team Season W L Sv ERA
Giants 2017 1 9 0-1 7.32
Giants 2000 1 6 0-1 11.68
Giants 1995 2 5 1-1 8.84
Giants 2013 3 7 3-3 5.16
Giants 2009 3 6 1-2 5.60
Giants 2006 3 6 3-5 7.33
Giants 2003 3 6 2-2 6.60
Padres 2014 2 7 1-1 4.33
Padres 2002 2 7 1-3 5.47
Padres 1996 2 5 0-3 9.35
Padres 2017 3 6 1-1 7.44
Padres 2016 3 6 1-2 5.59
Padres 2003 3 7 2-4 7.21
Padres 2013 3 7 3-5 6.47
Dodgers 2007 2 7 1-3 6.27
Dodgers 2005 3 7 2-4 7.09
Dodgers 2012 3 6 2-2 6.93
Dodgers 2011 3 6 1-4 5.99
D-backs 2004 1 8 1-3 6.81
D-backs 2010 2 7 2-3 6.90
D-backs 2009 3 6 3-4 6.24

It's likely not a coincidence that in deciding to give Tyler Anderson a few extra days off, the Rockies reworked the rotation for him to return to the mound on Monday against the Giants.

The Rockies have won both of Anderson starts against the Giants, including his eight-inning effort at Coors Field. Antonio Senzatela, who is scheduled to start Tuesday, won his only appearance against the Giants this year, pitching seven shutout innings.

Rockies starters are 5-1 against the Giants this year, the one loss coming in a Gray start earlier in the season.

Armed and Ready

Player W-L Sv SvOP G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Antonio Senzatela 1-0 0 0 1 7 3 0 0 0 0 4 0.00
Kyle Freeland 3-0 0 0 4 26 20 6 6 4 3 15 2.08
Tyler Anderson 1-0 0 0 2 13.1 8 5 5 1 3 13 3.38
Chad Bettis 0-0 0 0 3 18.1 21 10 10 3 6 11 4.91
Jon Gray 0-1 0 0 3 11 22 14 14 1 6 16 11.45

Closer Wade Davis has had his bad days, but not against the Giants. He is 4-for-4 in saves against the giants, and unscored upon in five innings, allowing just two hits.

Closing Statement

vs Team W-L Sv G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
vs.Ari ND 2-2 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 5 0.00
vs.SF ND 4-4 5 5 2 0 0 0 5 5 0.00
vs.ChC ND 2-2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.00
vs.LAA ND 2-2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.00
vs.Mia ND 1-1 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 3 0.00
vs.Oak ND 2-2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00
vs.Pit ND 2-2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.00
vs.Sea ND 2-2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00
vs.Was ND 2-2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.00
vs.Atl ND 3-4 4 4 4 1 1 0 1 6 2.25
vs.Cin ND 3-4 5 4 2 1 1 0 0 7 2.25
vs.SD ND 6-6 7 6.1 2 2 2 1 2 7 2.84
vs.NYM ND 3-3 4 4 4 3 2 0 2 3 4.50
vs.StL 0-1 1-2 3 2.1 3 2 2 0 0 1 7.71
vs.Hou 1-1 0 3 3.1 4 5 5 1 2 4 13.50
vs.LAD 1-2 2-2 5 4.1 8 7 7 4 2 4 14.54
vs.Mil 0-1 0-2 3 2.2 4 5 5 2 2 4 16.88
vs.Tex 0-1 0-1 2 1.1 2 4 4 0 5 0 27.00

The Rockies hitters have had success against the Giants. trevor Story is leading the way with a .389 average, one of five Rockies with 15 or more at-bats against the Giants this year hitting better than .300. The only Rockies in that category hitting below .250 are Charlie Blackmon (.241) and Tony Wolters (.053).

Sweet Swinging

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP
Trevor Story 13 54 8 21 2 2 1 8 4 10 .389 .431
Gerardo Parra 11 30 4 11 2 0 0 3 1 7 .367 .387
DJ LeMahieu 6 26 4 9 2 0 1 6 2 4 .346 .393
Nolan Arenado 13 53 10 17 4 0 3 12 8 3 .321 .410
Ian Desmond 13 48 10 15 4 1 2 11 5 12 .313 .382
Carlos Gonzalez 10 41 4 12 3 0 0 3 2 6 .293 .326
Chris Iannetta 10 27 4 7 1 0 1 4 5 8 .259 .364
Noel Cuevas 11 28 4 7 1 0 0 2 2 4 .250 .300
Charlie Blackmon 13 58 11 14 1 0 2 6 4 11 .241 .286
Tony Wolters 6 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .053 .053

The Giants haven't had the offensive success against the Rockies. Among giants players with at least 15 at-bats, Austin Jackson is No. 1 at .467, but he has been traded to the Mets. But the Giants will have a bit of a different look in their lineup for this series. Four of their 10 players with 15 or more at-bats against the Rockies have been dealt or are injured.

Silencing the Swings

Player AVG
x-Austin Jackson .467
Evan Longoria .333
y-Brandon Crawford .300
Brandon Belt .294
z-Andrew McCutchen .273
w-Buster Posey .262
Kelby Tomlinson .250
Gorkys Hernandez .239
Pablo Sandoval .200
Joe Panik .143

x-dealt to Mets z-dealt to Yankees

y-missed last 4 games w-on disabled list

Tracy RingolsbyComment