Colorado Rockies (38-41) at San Francisco Giants (41-39)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 28, 2018, 3:45 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Francisco Giants -105 / Colorado Rockies -116 --- Over/Under: 8
The Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants meet in the finale of their three game set from AT&T Park in MLB action on Thursday.
The Colorado Rockies will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Wednesday by a final score of 1-0. Carlos Gonzalez added a double and Charlie Blackmon chipped in a base hit as well to round out Colorado’s offense in the loss, as the Rockies put up just two hits as a team with the rest of the squad going 0 for 22 at the dish with 9 strikeouts. Kyle Freeland threw seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits while striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Harrison Musgrave ended up with the loss, falling to 0-3 this season. Jon Gray will start game three and is 7-7 with a 5.52 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gray is 0-2 with a 5.24 ERA and 18 strikeouts against San Francisco.
The San Francisco Giants will be looking to complete the sweep after their walk-off win on Wednesday. Brandon Crawford’s solo shot in the bottom of the 9th sent the fans home happy as he went 2 for 4 at the dish. Gorkys Hernandez, Andrew McCutchen and Hunter Pence each chipped in base hits as well as San Francisco added five hits as a team in the victory. Madison Bumgarner threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out eight, not factoring in the decision. Reyes Moronta ended up with the win to improve to 4-1 this season. Chris Stratton will start game three and is 8-5 with a 4.14 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. In his career, Stratton is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 8 strikeouts against Colorado.
Colorado is 13-27 in Gray’s last 40 road starts and 0-9 in their last 9 division matchups while the over is 4-0-1 in Gray’s last 5 starts overall. San Francisco is 11-2 in Stratton’s last 13 home starts and 7-1 in their last 8 games overall while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 division matchups. Colorado is 1-4 in Gray’s last 5 starts against San Francisco.
If we are being honest, I have no clue why Colorado is the favorite here. Sure, Gray has a decent record and just threw seven solid innings in his last start, but I need to see more than a one run outing over a struggling Marlins team to forget that you’ve allowed four runs or more in six of the seven previous starts prior to that. Furthermore, Gray has an ERA well over 11 in two starts against the Giants this season. San Francisco has a wave of momentum going right now and have been hard to beat with Stratton on the mound, so I’ll take the Giants and the low line on Thursday for the sweep.