The San Francisco Giants (47-40) host the Colorado Rockies (33-55) at Oracle Park on Friday to open a three-game series. The Rockies are coming off a two-game sweep at the hands of the Astros, dropping the finale 6-4 on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park for their fourth straight loss. C.J. Cron was 2 for 4 with a solo home run.
The Giants are amid a six-game homestand. They lost two of three against the Mariners in their last series, taking the finale 2-0 on Wednesday at Oracle Park. Brandon Crawford went 1 for 3 with a double and one run.
The Giants have won all three games this season between the NL West rivals, including a 6-4 victory in their most recent meeting on June 8 at Coors Field. Scott Alexander threw one scoreless inning of relief to get the win, and Camilo Doval picked up his 16th save with a scoreless ninth.
ON THE MOUND
Austin Gomber (6-7, 6.64 ERA) is slated to start for Colorado. The left-hander allowed three runs (two earned) over seven innings in his last start, an 8-5 road win over the Tigers on June 30. He was credited with the win, scattering six hits while striking out seven and walking one.
Gomber is making his first appearance against the Giants this season. Over four appearances (two starts) against the Giants in 2022, Gomber was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA over 16.2 innings. He had 12 strikeouts and three walks.
AT THE PLATE
The Colorado offense is averaging 4.4 runs per game for the season, with a slash line of .255/.316/.401. Ryan McMahon leads the team in OPS at .807. The third baseman is slashing .257/.341/.466 with 13 home runs, 43 RBIs, and 45 runs over 85 games.
San Francisco is slashing .248/.324/.406 for the season and averaging 4.7 runs per game. LaMonte Wade Jr. leads the team with a .856 OPS. The left fielder has nine home runs, 28 RBIs, and 40 runs scored with a slash line of .279/.410/.446.
San Francisco is averaging only 2.4 runs per game in the last five with their slash line falling across the board (.206/.274/.319). The Giants have a .699 OPS against lefties in 2023. With a .821 OPS over 80 at-bats, Wilmer Flores has been their best hitter against left-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Colorado is on a 10-game losing streak away from Coors Field, bringing their record to 13-31 in 2023. The Rockies have scored 3.7 runs per game away from home while allowing 5.2 runs.
San Francisco has gone 24-21 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 4.1 runs per game while surrendering 4.4. In the last 10 games at Oracle Park between the teams, San Francisco is 8-2 with an average scoreline of 5.3-2.9.
The Rockies are fifth in the NL West, 17 games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks. The Giants are third in the NL West, three games behind the Diamondbacks.
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