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The Rockies are doing their part in spoiling the Giants' postseason hopes

The Rockies attempt to clinch the series and further darken the Giants' playoff hopes at Coors Field tonight.

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

After winning the first two of a four-game set, the Rockies look to clinch the series against the Giants tonight at Coors Field. More significantly, however, the Rockies seek to continue doing their part in dismantling the Giants' final, and ever slimmer, hopes of making the playoffs.

When the Giants arrived in Denver on Thursday, they were already on a five game losing streak. Ultimately, they are the ones most responsible for ruining their chances of making the postseason. Most cripplingly, the Giants arrived after the Dodgers swept them in a three-game series. Still, the Giants were 6.5 games behind, their FanGraphs playoff odds stood at four percent, and the Dodgers were about to head out for a ten game road trip (though traveling to San Diego, Anaheim, and Phoenix isn't exactly a rigorous trip).

After the Rockies took the first two games, the Giants are now on a seven game losing streak, and their playoff odds have dropped to 1.5 percent. A couple more Rockies wins should push them below one percent. There are still things to play for.

The consequence of playing spoiler, however, is that the Rockies are losing slipping in the Reverse Standings. As of now, the Rockies have the fifth worst winning percentage in baseball, which would give them the fifth selection in next year's (supposedly) deep draft. At least for the next two games, a loss comes with about as much of a positive as a win.

Chad Bettis gets the start for the Rockies today. He'll be making his sixteenth start of the season. Bettis enters with a 4.78 ERA, but based on park adjusted Deserved Run Average, Bettis has been quite a bit better than league average this season. His 3.72 DRA and 87 DRA- indicate he's been about the 40th best pitcher in baseball this season (minimum 85 IP). That places him near pitchers such as Hisashi Iwakuma and Noah Syndergaard.

The Giants counter with veteran Jake Peavy. Peavy, who has spent a good deal of time on the disabled list this season, enters with a 4.38 ERA. While better than Bettis's, the park adjusted numbers tell a different story. Peavy's 4.98 DRA and 117 DRA- suggests that he's been nearly 20 percent below league average this season.

The lineups for today's win-win game:


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<h3>Today's Lineups</h3>

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<th align="left">SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS</th>

<th align="left">COLORADO ROCKIES</th>




<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Angel Pagan - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Charlie Blackmon - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Gregor Blanco - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Jose Reyes - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Matt Duffy - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Carlos Gonzalez - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Alejandro De Aza - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Nolan Arenado - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Brandon Crawford - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Justin Morneau - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Kelby Tomlinson - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">DJ LeMahieu - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Hector Sanchez - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Ben Paulsen - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Nick Noonan - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Dustin Garneau - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jake Peavy - RHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Chad Bettis - RHP</td></tr></tbody>




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