It’s wet and rainy in Colorado today and perhaps for the next few days, but as of right now, the Rockies have reported that first pitch is still set for 5:40pm Pacific. Here’s the Rockies lineup for game one of this series:
RF — Charlie Blackmon
SS — Trevor Story
1B — Daniel Murphy
3B — Nolan Arenado
CF — Ian Desmond
LF — Raimel Tapia
2B — Garrett Hampson
C — Chris Iannetta
SP — Antonio Senzatela
As I said in the series preview:
Tuesday’s starter Antonio Senzatela has built his entire and brief major league career on dominating the Giants. He’s appeared in 63 major league games, but started just 37 of them. Six of those have come against the Giants, the most starts he’s made against any one team. He’s pitched most of his 247.1 career ML innings against the Giants (40.1), and he’s produced his very best results against them.
His 4.43 strikeouts to walk ratio (31:7) is at least double the ratio he has against any team he’s started against. His 1.066 WHIP is the best against any team he’s started against. those 31 strikeouts — his most against any team, period.
Also, this is the second year in a row I’ve forgotten about Chris Iannetta being on the Rockies. It’s really important for you to keep in mind that he has built his entire and lengthy major league career on dominating the Giants. He’s appeared in 1,156 major league games, 87 against the Giants (7.5%), the most of all his opponents.
He has 200 or more plate appearances against seven teams — SF, LA, SD, AZ, HOU, OAK, and TEX — and his .951 OPS against San Francisco is far and away the best result. The second-closest is a .795 career OPS against Houston in 60 fewer plate appearances.
Still, against Madison Bumgarner, he has just 5 hits in 26 plate appearances and a .286 slugging percentage. So, there’s hope.
Madison Bumgarner has started fifteen games in Coors Field and has a 4.32 ERA in 89.2 innings pitched (as well as a 5-6 record). Three of the 11 total home runs he’s allowed in those 15 starts came last September, in what was, by Bill James’ Game Score formula, the worst start of 2018 for him (he had a 30).
Mac Williamson returns and this is a good matchup for him. A great chance for him to hit the ground running as he assumes the role of starting left fielder. He has a 1.053 OPS in 7 career games at Coors. Yesterday, he hit a 511 foot home run in Sacramento.