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San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies Pick & Prediction MAY 5TH 2021

FinishedTV: NBC Bay Area | AT&T SportsnetCoors Field Denver

951San Francisco Giants
952Colorado Rockies

OP
10.5
-110
CU
10.5o -110
-1.5 +160
ML
340
340
Partials
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1
0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
Score
5
6
Recap

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The Colorado Rockies might need to adopt a different strategy when Brandon Belt comes to bat in the first inning on Wednesday: Walk him.

The San Francisco Giants veteran hit two home runs in Tuesday's doubleheader split with the Rockies, and both came in the first inning of each game. He hit a grand slam in the opener and a two-run shot in the nightcap.

He can make it 3-for-3 when the series wraps up at Coors Field with a matinee game on Wednesday. Belt might have earned a day off, but getting to hit in the thin air is tempting, especially when someone is on a roll like Belt is.

Logan Webb (1-2, 4.13 ERA) will get the start for the Giants while Colorado will send Jon Gray (3-2, 3.15) to the mound for a traditional nine-inning game.

San Francisco nearly had the sweep Tuesday before the Rockies rallied in the nightcap. The Giants won the opener 12-4 and were an out away from two wins when Charlie Blackmon's three-run homer in the seventh gave the Rockies an 8-6 win.

San Francisco started the day making roster moves. Pitcher Kevin Gausman was placed on the IL because of lingering effects of his COVID-19 vaccine shot, and infielder Tommy La Stella landed on there with a strained left hamstring.

The Giants recalled Jason Vosler from the alternate training site, and he played the first game of the doubleheader on Tuesday.

La Stella, who signed a three-year, $18.75 million free-agent contract with San Francisco in the offseason, will miss two to four weeks, manager Gabe Kapler said.

"This team is incredibly deep, and anybody who is going to be filling in and anybody who is going to be on the field is more than qualified," La Stella said. "I think one of the unique aspects of this team is our depth."

Webb will make his fourth career start against Colorado and is 2-0 with a 4.35 ERA in four total games against the Rockies. Two of those three starts have come in Denver, where he is 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA.

Gray hasn't had much success in 12 career starts against the Giants, going 1-6 with a 6.16 ERA. In five career starts against San Francisco at Coors Field he is 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA.

Gray has been much more effective in his Coors Field starts this season. In four outings he is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and has not given up more than four hits in any of those starts.

Colorado starters have struggled lately, culminating with German Marquez allowing eight runs in just 2/3 inning in Tuesday's first game. The Rockies expected lefty Kyle Freeland to slot in as the second or third starter, but he is still working his way back from a left shoulder injury.

Colorado is hoping to get him and infielder Brendan Rodgers back soon. Rodgers is getting closer to returning from a right hamstring strain.

"Brendan is in a really good place," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "He ran the bases in Arizona, did a lot of sprinting, simulated hitting a double in Arizona on the field. He's taking ground balls, he's hitting in the cage, hitting on the field."

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 44% L 56%
4 5
  • @Colorado L 5 - 6
  • @Colorado L 6 - 8
  • @Colorado W 12 - 4
  • @Colorado D 0 - 0
  • @San Diego W 7 - 1
  • @San Diego L 2 - 6
  • @San Diego L 2 - 3
  • Colorado W 3 - 7
  • Colorado L 7 - 5
  • Colorado W 0 - 12
W 44% L 56%
4 5
  • San Francisco W 5 - 6
  • San Francisco W 6 - 8
  • San Francisco L 12 - 4
  • San Francisco D 0 - 0
  • @Arizona L 4 - 8
  • @Arizona W 14 - 6
  • @Arizona L 2 - 7
  • @Arizona L 3 - 5
  • @San Francisco L 3 - 7
  • @San Francisco W 7 - 5

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Last Injuries

Colorado Rockies

  • Antonio Senzatela

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Senzatela has hit the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain, and will be out of commission for an unknown length of time.

  • Carlos Estevez

    Finger
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Estevez has been added to the 10-day injured list due to a right middle finger strain, and it has yet to be established when he will return.

  • Trevor Story

    Finger
    Prob Tues | probable

    Story is battling a finger contusion, but it is likely that he will face the Giants on Tuesday.

  • Brendan Rodgers

    Hamstring
    Late May | out

    Rodgers is out of commission with a right hamstring injury, and he is not projected to make his season debut until the end of May.

  • Yency Almonte

    Hand
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Almonte has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hand contusion, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Kyle Freeland

    Shoulder
    Early June | out

    Freeland is sidelined with a left shoulder strain, and he is not expected to make his season debut until the early part of June.

San Francisco Giants

  • Mike Yastrzemski

    Oblique
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Yastrzemski is on the 10-day injured list with a mild left oblique strain, and he is expected to be sidelined until the middle of May.

  • LaMonte Wade Jr.

    Oblique
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Wade Jr. has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a left oblique strain, and it is likely that he will return to action by the middle of May.

  • Kevin Gausman

    Illness
    Prob Sat | COVID-19 IL

    Gausman has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list due to side effects from the vaccine, but he is expected to take on the Padres on Saturday.

  • Reyes Moronta

    Hip
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Moronta is on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain, and he is not expected to return until the middle of May.

  • Buster Posey

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Posey was lifted from the previous game with an unknown issue, and it remains to be seen if he will be active against the Padres on Friday.

  • Tommy La Stella

    Hamstring
    Mid June | 10-day IL

    La Stella has wound up on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain, and he is projected to be sidelined for four to six weeks.

  • Johnny Cueto

    Back
    Prob Sun | 10-day IL

    Cueto is on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 1 lat muscle strain beneath his pitching shoulder, but he is expected to be activated in time for Sunday's matchup with the Padres.

  • Alex Dickerson

    Shoulder
    Out Wed | out

    Dickerson is dealing with left shoulder soreness, and he will not be active against the Rockies on Wednesday.