Any time the Rockies play the Giants, it’s a big series. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. These next three games will not make or break their season. It’s only May and the reality is that they could get swept in San Fran and still be in first.
The Rox have always had a tough time playing at AT&T Park. However, it’s possible that they can take two of three in this series. For starters, they don’t have to face Tim Lincecum. That always helps. Additionally, the Rox have their top two starters going, and, as I said earlier today, Ubaldo is primed to have a big game tonight.
Pitching Matchups — Provided by MLB.com
Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Matt Cain
Jimenez’s struggles continued in his last start against the Pirates, when he lasted just four innings and gave up four runs in an 8-4 loss. In his start against the Giants on April 19, Jimenez took the loss after giving up four runs in five innings.
This will be Cain’s 24th career start against Colorado, his most against any team. This also will be just the second home start of the season for Cain, who allowed two runs in seven innings on April 9 against St. Louis in his lone AT&T Park outing. – MLB.com
TBD vs. Madison Bumgarner
Bumgarner entered the seventh inning with a one-hit shutout last Monday at Washington but encountered bad luck when Wilson Ramos’ grounder slipped underneath third baseman Miguel Tejada’s glove. The Nats scored twice to snap a scoreless tie. – MLB.com
Jorge De La Rosa vs. Ryan Vogelsong
De La Rosa was tripped up by a three-run third inning and had a high pitch count, but he still struck out six in six innings against the D-backs in his last start. He didn’t figure in the decision.
Thirteen years after the Giants selected Vogelsong in the fifth round of the First-Year Player Draft, he’ll make his first home start at AT&T Park. Including his 2001-06 Pittsburgh stint, Vogelsong owns a 5.88 ERA in 14 games at the Giants’ ballpark. – MLB.com
Who’s Hot (Last 7 Days)
Carlos Gonzalez — .364/.462/.591, HR, 2 2B, 4 BB
Mike Fontenot — .333/.462/.619, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB
Who’s Cold (Last 7 Days)
Troy Tulowitzki — .040/.111/.040
Miguel Tejada — .154/.185/.154
Three Burning Questions
Will Ubaldo find his control tonight?
Reportedly, Ubaldo has been studying film and feels like he has discovered some mechanical flaws. Hopefully he can fix any issues before tonight’s start. I think Ubaldo is going to be fine, but it would be nice if he found himself in time for this big NL West road series.
Will the defending champion Giants be able to contend this year?
Personally, I don’t think they can. Of course, I didn’t think they could last year either. Right now, they look like a team that is still tired from a deep playoff run in 2010. They aren’t hitting well, and, while their pitching has been solid, they haven’t been as dominant as last year. Still, as I wrote earlier, it’s very early in the season. The Giants could get hot.
Can the Rockies bounce back from a disappointing series in Arizona?
For the first time this season, the Rockies are facing some adversity. Their road woes of 2010 reappeared against Arizona and their ace has been struggling. If he has a big game tonight, that could be the lift that gets them going again.
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