The Giants are coming off of a terrible outing by their ace Matt Cain, who gave up nine runs and seven hits in just 3.2 innings in a 14-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Luckily for them, they get to turn to their other ace, 23-year-old left-hander Madison Bumgarner, just a day later.
Bumgarner was brilliant in his first start this season, blanking the Los Angeles Dodgers and giving up just two hits and zero walks over eight innings in route to the Giants first win of the season. He will look to continue his early season success as he takes on a Rockies team that he has dominated as of late. In his last nine starts vs. Colorado, Bumgarner is 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA.
The Rockies will be sending out left-hander Jorge De La Rosa to try and stop his recent struggles against the Giants. De La Rosa is 1-3 with a 5.16 ERA over his last four starts vs. the defending champs, but De La Rosa may be catching the Giants at the perfect time, as their offense has been anemic to say the least.
As a team, the Giants are hitting just .224 with four homers, 15 runs, and a .273 OBP thus far. Reigning National League MVP Buster Posey and playoff hero Marco Scutaro are a combined 6-43 early on. They will look to break out of their early season slumps against a Colorado team known for giving up a lot of hits.
As for the Rockies offense, they currently rank first in runs, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage in all of the MLB. Center fielder Dexter Fowler is leading the charge and is off to an unbelievable start. Fowler is hitting .370 with four homeruns, five RBIs, a .414 OBP, and an incredible .852 slugging percentage.
The Rockies will look to continue their scorching offensive run while the Giants pitching staff will look to retain the form that they had when their starters gave up zero runs through the first four games of the season.
This series will truly be a battle of pitching against hitting.
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