The San Francisco Giants are in first place in the NL West
thanks to a strong record at AT&T Park and some intradivision
dominance, patterns that continued in the opener of a 10-game
Regardless of venue or opponent, nothing’s going right these
days for the Colorado Rockies.
The Giants on Saturday afternoon seek a seventh consecutive home
win over the sputtering Rockies, who with a loss will have dropped
their fifth consecutive series.
San Francisco (32-25) didn’t get off to a good start in defense
of its World Series crown, but after beginning 15-16 it started to
turn things around with a sweep of Colorado from May 6-8.
The Rockies were in first place by four games heading into that
series, but now find themselves 5 1/2 games behind the Giants. San
Francisco improved to 17-9 since May 6 with a 3-1 win Friday that
dealt Colorado its 20th loss in 28 games.
The Giants are 9-2 against the West and 10-3 at home in that
The Rockies, meanwhile, scored three runs or fewer for the ninth
time in 10 games.
“Our trouble, once again, came from the lack of offense,”
manager Jim Tracy said.
San Francisco has owned the Rockies (26-30) in the Bay Area
lately despite producing little offensively. The Giants have only
totaled 20 runs in winning six straight in the series, but that’s
because their pitching has been phenomenal.
They’ve given up nine runs in that stretch as their starters
have posted a 1.56 ERA. Matt Cain on Friday became the fifth
pitcher in those six games to go at least six innings while
allowing one run or fewer.
Madison Bumgarner (2-6, 3.66 ERA) certainly seems capable of
following suit. The left-hander has made seven straight quality
starts while posting a 2.12 ERA, though he was just 1-3 heading
into Monday’s game at St. Louis due to a lack of run support.
The Giants finally gave him some help against the Cardinals,
while Bumgarner limited St. Louis to two runs over seven innings in
a 7-3 victory. Still, the 21-year-old feels he has room for
“I don’t feel I’ve gotten into a good rhythm yet,” Bumgarner
told the Giants’ official website.
He’s 0-2 with a 3.52 ERA in four starts versus Colorado, though
he held the Rockies to a run over six innings in each of his last
two starts in the series – including a 3-2 victory May 7 in San
Bumgarner will definitely want to pitch carefully to Carlos
Gonzalez. The Colorado outfielder is 4 for 11 with a pair of homers
in their matchups.
One mistake could make a difference against Jhoulys Chacin (5-4,
3.33), who’s 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in four appearances – three starts
– against the Giants. The right-hander held San Francisco to one
hit over seven innings in his lone start at AT&T Park, and the
Giants are hitting a woeful .132 against him.
Aubrey Huff, however, has managed to get to Chacin. He only has
two hits in nine at-bats, but both were homers.
Chacin has won his last two road starts, but his two most recent
outings – both at home – were losses. He settled down after
allowing three first-inning runs Sunday against St. Louis – Chacin
gave up one more in the next five – but the damage was done in a
Chacin has allowed four first-innings runs in his last two
starts after surrendering one in his first nine.