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Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 27,870

Giants aim to close out Bochy's career on high note at home

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Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants

  1. San Francisco leads the season series between these clubs 10-6 and has won four of seven at home. The Rockies and Giants have scored a combined 4.86 runs per game this season in San Francisco and a combined 13.78 runs per game in Colorado.
  2. The Giants dropped two of three against the Braves over the weekend with every game decided by at least three runs. The Giants lead MLB with a 37-16 record (.698 win pct.) in one-run games but are 38-65 (.369) in all others. Their 37 wins in one-run games are the most since the 1993 Royals went 38-32.
  3. The Rockies lost two of three against the Dodgers despite hitting eight home runs in the series. Colorado is 35-33 this season when hitting multiple home runs in a game, the worst record in the National League, after going 89-26 in multi-homer games over the previous two seasons, third best in the NL.
  4. Mike Yastrzemski has a .313 batting average and .395 on-base percentage in September despite a slash line of .182/.280/.182 at home this month. On the season, Yastrzemski is hitting .240 at Oracle Park and .300 on the road.
  5. Sam Hilliard is hitting .600 in his last five games (9-for-15) with four home runs and a 2.067 OPS. He is the only Colorado rookie to ever have an OPS over 2.000 for any five-game stretch (min. 12 plate appearances).
  6. Charlie Blackmon is batting .161 at Oracle Park this season with a .381 OPS while Nolan Arenado is hitting .154 with a .582 OPS. Since 2017, the duo has combined for a slash line of .201/.275/.308 when playing in San Francisco.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2019 thru 9/26/2019

Bruce Bochy Appreciation Week begins Tuesday night when the San Francisco Giants close out the 2019 season -- and Bochy's managerial career -- with a six-game homestand that opens with the first of three against the Colorado Rockies.

Neither the National League West's third-place Giants (75-81) nor fifth-place Rockies (67-89) remains in playoff contention, so the focus of the set can fall entirely on Bochy, who has announced he will retire at the end of this, his 25th season.

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner (9-9, 3.86) is the scheduled starter in both the opener and closer of Bochy Week. The Giants wrap up the season at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fittingly, the Rockies (215 wins) and Dodgers (220) have been Bochy's most popular victims in his 12 seasons with the San Diego Padres and 13 with the Giants.

He begins the week with a 2,001-2,025 career record, including a dead-even 1,050-1,050 slate as Giants manager.

The Giants must win all six remaining games to allow Bochy to avoid a sixth season as their manager with a losing record. He had a losing record in seven of his 12 seasons with the Padres.

But Bochy will be best remembered in both cities as having brought a World Series to town, with the Padres advancing in 1998 and the Giants claiming three championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

"You realize it's close now," Bochy told reporters Sunday in Atlanta, where the Giants completed their final road trip of his era with a win. "I've been saying all along, 'Hey, the year's ahead of me,' but we're down to a week now."

Bumgarner still has a personal accomplishment to pursue this week amid the Bochy hoopla. On the heels of 4-9 and 6-7 campaigns, the former World Series Most Valuable Player will be looking to avoid a third straight losing season.

In the Rockies, he will be facing a team he's beaten more than any other in his career, going 16-8 with a 3.21 ERA in 34 starts. He's gone unbeaten against them in his last six head-to-heads, and has dominated them in their last four meetings in San Francisco, going 4-0 while allowing just four runs in 26 innings.

The Rockies are expected to counter with right-hander Jeff Hoffman (2-6, 6.71 ERA), who pitched well in his only previous start in San Francisco in 2017, allowing just two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He did not get a decision in a 4-3 loss.

The 26-year-old has gone 0-0 with a 4.02 ERA in four career games, including two starts, against the Giants.

The Rockies will take the field having lost four of five to fall three games behind San Diego (70-86) in their duel for fourth place in the NL West. They haven't finished last in the West since 2015.

Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado believes his young teammates will benefit from having to battle one of the best in Bumgarner.

"I had trouble doing that my rookie year," he admitted to reporters of dealing with superstar pitchers. "I think it will pay huge dividends down the road."

Colorado hosts Milwaukee for three games to complete the season later this week.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 23, 2019

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