TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION SUNDAY, AUGUST 21ST
#907 SAN FRANCISCO with Junis (-) over Colorado with Freeland at 3:10 PM EST
Off four consecutive losses and with their postseason hopes taking a serious hit (2.0-games under the .500 mark and now 6.5-games back in the hunt for the last NL Wild Card spot), the Gints will dig deep and pick up this important victory. Colorado hasn’t won’t three straight games since the middle of July and the Rockies are in prime position to fall here.
Up on the mound for the visitors will be right-hander Jakob Junis. So far this season, No. 34 has appeared in 15 games (12 starts) and been touched for only 28 earned runs and 65 hits in 71.1 innings. Junis struck out 63 and walked 16 on his way to a 4-3 record with a solid 3.53 ERA. Jakob’s efforts on the road are respectable too. As a guest, Junis has surrendered 11 earned runs and 24 hits in 27.2 frames. After the math, that adds up to a 2-2 record with a 3.58 ERA.
Left-hander Kyle Freeland will counter for the home squad. In 2022, No. 21 has made 23 starts and been cracked for 70 earned runs and 144 hits in 130.2 innings of work. Freeland whiffed 94 and walked 40 on his way to a 7-8 tally with a 4.82 ERA. Kyle hasn’t been at his best inside Coors Field either. At home, Freeland has been smashed for 44 earned runs and 84 hits in 66.0 frames. That equates to a 4-4 record with an elevated 6.00 ERA.
There are a number of powerful team trends that support this investment. Colorado has fallen in 13 of its last 20 overall, eight of its last 10 coming off a win, four of its last five in the third game of a series, and five straight on Sunday. On the other side of the field, San Francisco has tasted victory in 43 of its last 64 on the road facing a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage less than .500.
With the pressure mounting, the visiting Giants will rise to the occasion and avoid the sweep with a solid performance here. Take San Francisco with Junis. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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