The Rockies open a four-game series at San Francisco on Thursday night in a battle between the NL West fourth-place Giants and fifth-place Rockies.
-- Jon Gray, who starts the Rockies opener on Thursday, has a 6.15 career ERA against the Giants, the fifth highest among active pitchers with at least five starts. German Marquez is No. 4 on the list at 6.33. Nathan Eovaldi is the leader at 10.86 followed by Oliver Perez (6.87) and Zack Godley (6.68).
-- Neither Gray nor Marquez, the scheduled starter on Sunday, have beat the Giants, but Kyle Freeland, the scheduled starter on Saturday, is 5-2 with a 2.61 career ERA against the Giants.
-- The Rockies have won 12-7 against the Giants each of the last two seasons but are 7-12 in San Francisco in the last two seasons.
-- The Rockies and Giants are tied for the MLB lead in an unwanted category – five games in which they have scored one or fewer runs this season. The Giants are used to that. Last season, they scored one or fewer runs 36 times, fourth most in MLB. The Rockies, however, were held to one or fewer runs only 14 times.
-- Kevin Pilar is making an impact for the Giants. He hit a home run for the Giants only run in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the Padres, and he drove in nine runs in the three-game series, one shy of the franchise record for a center field, which Willie Mays set June 28-30 for the New York Giants vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mays also had nine against the Dodgers July 6-8, 1954.
-- Trevor Story has hit four of the Rockies eight home runs, tied with Trey Mancini of the Orioles, who has hit six of their 12 home runs, for the highest percentage of a team’s home runs this season. Brandon Belt has three of the Giants eight home runs, the fourth highest percentage in MLB.
-- Neither Nolan Arenado nor Charlie Blackmon has homered this season. The 12-game drought equals the fourth longest for the duo since Blackmon became a regular in 2014, tied for the longest since 2014. The longest stretch was 24 games June 13-July 7, 2014 (which included a stretch on the Injured List for Arenado). They went 15 games May 13-30, 2014, and 13 games April 6-19, 2014. The Rockies also had 12-game droughts July 6-21, 2016, and Aug. 25-Sept. 7, 2018.
Source: Stats, Inc.