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9/1 Gamethread: Giants vs. Rockies

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Kevin Gausman vs. Jon Gray.

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The San Francisco Giants are back in Denver, where things didn’t go well the last time. But since that four-game set, the teams have trended in different directions. The Giants are playing well, having won nine of their last 12, and the Rockies are free falling.


Game #37

Who: San Francisco Giants (17-19) vs. Colorado Rockies (17-18)
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
When: 5:40 p.m. PT
Regional broadcast: NBC Sports Bay Area (available through fuboTV)
National broadcast: None
Radio: KNBR 680 AM/104.5 FM


Lineups

Pretty predictable stuff from Gabe Kapler.

  1. RF — Mike Yastrzemski (L) — .280/.399/.568 — 164 OPS+
  2. LF — Alex Dickerson (L) — .221/.299/.395 — 90 OPS+
  3. 3B — Evan Longoria (R) — .299/.339/.495 — 127 OPS+
  4. 1B — Brandon Belt (L) — .313/.400/.590 — 170 OPS+
  5. DH — Wilmer Flores (R) — .286/.317/.529 — 129 OPS+
  6. 2B — Donovan Solano (R) — .327/.370/.473 — 131 OPS+
  7. SS — Brandon Crawford (L) — .267/.345/.406 — 107 OPS+
  8. C — Joey Bart (R) — .161/.257/.258 — 44 OPS+
  9. CF — Mauricio Dubón (R) — .275/.314/.325 — 78 OPS+
    RHP — Kevin Gausman — 4.54 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 48 K and 8 BB in 35.2 IP

The Rockies lineup has their newest acquisition, former Giant Kevin Pillar, making his debut near the top of the lineup.

  1. LF — Raimel Tapia (L) — .309/.400/.370 — 97 OPS+
  2. CF — Kevin Pillar (R) — .274/.325/.470 — 110 OPS+
  3. 3B — Nolan Arenado (R) — .268/.317/.488 — 99 OPS+
  4. RF — Charlie Blackmon (L) — .351/.397/.507 — 127 OPS+
  5. 1B — Daniel Murphy (L) — .276/.314/.398 — 79 OPS+
  6. DH — Matt Kemp (R) — .240/.329/.400 — 83 OPS+
  7. 2B — Ryan McMahon (L) — .211/.315/.422 — 84 OPS+
  8. SS — Garrett Hampson (R) — .247/.317/.387 — 77 OPS+
  9. C — Tony Wolters (L) — .229/.239/.271 — 29 OPS+
    RHP — Jon Gray — 5.45 ERA, 4.48 FIP, 21 K and 11 BB in 36.1 IP

Notes

Welcome, new guy: The Giants added someone to the roster prior to the series: utility player Daniel Robertson, whom they acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays a little over a week ago. If you need a reason to like Robertson, here you go: he’s good friends with Matt Duffy.

Gray’s low strikeout rate: Jon Gray is a good pitcher, but not having a great year. Namely, he’s having a hard time striking people out. After averaging more than 9 strikeouts per 9 innings in each of the last four years, he’s averaging just 5.2 this year. That’s doubly important in a game at Coors Field, where pop ups are doubles and fly outs are homers. Just making contact can gift you runs, so if the Giants can stay patient, they should be able to do damage against Gray. On the other side of things, Kevin Gausman is averaging more than 12 strikeouts per 9 innings. If the pitchers follow their trends, the Giants serve to benefit from the ballpark.


Enjoy the baseball, friends.