A four-game sweep in Colorado? Uh, sure. Anything’s possible when you’re dreaming.
Last night’s blown save certainly felt like the Rockies slapping the Giants awake from this dream run they’ve been on, but then the Giants slapped right back and hit the snooze button, scoring four runs in the top of the tenth with ease.
It was around this time on Monday the Giants were putting up huge numbers against German Marquez, the Rockies’ best starter last season. This year, their best starter has been Jon Gray, and he’s the dude I told you all to worry about in the series preview.
Now, by straight up fWAR, Marquez has still been more valuable (2.7 to 2.2) and by stuff like FIP and xFIP, Marquez also has a slight edge on Gray, too, but that’s for the entire season. Let’s just look go off of performance since June 1st:
Marquez: 8 starts (Rockies record: 3-5), 44.2 IP, 59 H, 45 K, 11 BB, 10 HR, 8.26 ERA
Gray: 8 starts (Rockies record: 6-2), 49.1 IP, 48 H, 53 K, 17 BB, 4 HR, 2.92 ERA
So, there’s definitely a trending up / trending down situation going on in the Rockies’ rotation.
RF — Charlie Blackmon
SS — Trevor Story
CF — David Dahl
3B — Nolan Arenado
1B — Daniel Murphy
LF — Raimel Tapia
2B — Ryan McMahon
C — Tony Wolters
SP — Jon Gray
Meanwhile, Shaun Anderson has been solid since June 1st (8 starts, Giants record: 5-3, 4.37 ERA), but today is both his first time facing the Rockies and starting a game in Coors Field.
1B — Brandon Belt
RF — Austin Slater
3B — Pablo Sandoval
C — Stephen Vogt
LF — Mike Yastrzemski
CF — Kevin Pillar
2B — Joe Panik
SS — Donovan Solano
SP — Shaun Anderson
Brandon Crawford played both games of the doubleheader and last night’s game, so he gets the day off even if Solano’s strength is against left-handed pitching. Meanwhile, Alex Dickerson’s intermittent back issues means he’ll probably play about four times a week, so, here’s Yastrzemski in the same lineup as Slater — not in a battle to see who can secure the outfield spot but simply for Yasztrzemski to see if he can hold onto his.
It’s possible the Giants could hold Steven Duggar in Triple-A until September, but that means they won’t have traded Kevin Pillar and Mike Yastrzemski will have maintained a .750+ OPS over these next two weeks.