(In their first trip to 24 WIllie Mays Plaza, the Colorado Rockies are looking to start playing winning baseball. The funny thing is, the San Francisco Giants are looking to do pretty much the same thing. Entering this weekend’s four game series, the Rockies (3-9) and Giants (4-9) are last, and next to last in the NL West. That means that this series will (probably) end with one of these two teams leaving the cellar, and the other staying behind to… I don’t know what one does in a cellar, but you get the idea.
Both the Rockies and Giants have struggled offensively at the start of the season, but while the Giants have pitched well enough to win (if they could muster a bit more offense), the Rockies have struggled on the mound. Their 5.52 team ERA is 13th in the NL.
“We’re going to get out of it,” manager Bud Black told MLB.com, in reference to his struggling starting rotation. “We’ve had three bad ones. So all these guys, they do their thing and perform and stay in the rotation, it’s going to be 32, 33 starts. They’ve got 30 more.”
San Francisco’s pitching has been excellent. Their starters have all thrown well, and their bullpen looks like to be a strength going forward. Add to that an excellent defense that’s currently saving more runs than any other team in the league (22 and counting), and you could have a winning formula… It’s just that the Giants aren’t scoring enough runs.
Through 13 games, they’re averaging just 2.92 runs per game. That means 28 other teams are scoring more runs than the Giants. Only the Miami Marlins have been worse.
The Giants (nearly invisible) offense could wind up helping Colorado’s struggling staff in their quest to Lower Their ERA. The Giants have hit just .208 since they began their long homestand. To whit, Kevin Pillar — who has only been a Giant for about 11 days — captured the team lead in RBIs (9) in just three games against the San Diego Padres.
“You always want to score first,” manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Examiner. “The numbers show your chances of winning are better when you take a lead … We need to get some early runs.”
That’s true, and it’s something the Giants have struggled to do thus far in 2019. In fact, the Giants are one of only two teams yet to score in the first inning this year. The other team is… *checks notes*… the Colorado Rockies.
Colorado’s offense has been practically as bad as San Francisco’s. They average just 3.17 runs per game. In fact, they’ve lost nine of their last ten games, and haven’t had the lead since their 11th inning win on April 3.
“We just need to play a little small ball, leave it on the next guy, get on base, make innings longer,” Colorado catcher Tony Wolters told MLB.com.
Wow, the more research I do the more I’m thinking there could be, like, four total runs scored in this series. One run for each game… sound like fun?