San Francisco Giants versus Colorado Rockies (August 2)
In this NL West battle, the second place Giants take on the last place Rockies.
Madison Bumgarner survived the trading deadline and is set to start for the Giants.
Peter Lambert is scheduled to take the mound for the Rockies.
Offensively, the Giants have been mediocre all season, with 116 home runs and 4.4 runs per game average.
Pablo Sandoval leads the team in home runs with 14 and Brandon Crawford leads in RBI with 44.
Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar have each chipped in 13 home runs, while Brandon Belt has added 12.
Colorado clearly has more firepower at the plate with the power trio of Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon.
Arenado has 22 home runs, 81 RBI and a .304 average.
Story and Blackman have both hit 22 home runs and Blackmon leads the Rockies with a .316 average.
David Dahl is also over .300 and had added 15 home runs.
As a team, the Rockies have 137 home runs and are averaging 5.3 runs per game.
On the mound, Madison Bumgarner has a mediocre 6-7 record and a 3.74 ERA.
He has an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio of 140-to-28 and has allowed 18 home runs.
Closer Will Smith has gotten the job done with 26 saves and an ERA of 2.66.
The duo of Sam Dyson and Reyes Moronta are also reliable, posting a combined ERA of 2.55 in 99 innings.
As a team the Giants are allowing 4.8 runs per game.
Peter Lambert has had trouble keeping the ball in the park, allowing 10 home runs in just 46 innings, contributing to a high ERA of 5.67.
Close Wade Davis has 15 saves but has been anything but automatic, allowing 24 earned runs in 31 1/3 innings.
Scott Oberg has been the most reliable, pitching to a slim ERA of 1.59 over 51 innings.
Bryan Shaw and Carlos Estevez have been used heavily and have a combined ERA of 4.44 in 105 1/3 innings.
As a team the Rockies are allowing 5.7 runs per game.
The Giants lackluster offense should get a boost in Colorado against a pitcher allowing nearly two home runs per nine innings.
Colorado has a tougher task against Bumgarner but seem to score no matter who is on the mound.
The Giants have the better bullpen but a worse overall offensive attack.
However, they are playing much better ball lately and should edge the Rockies in a higher than average scoring game.