Giants look to continue home dominance over Rockies

Jason O. Watson

Everyone's favorite team is on the schedule once again.

In Denver last week, the Colorado Rockies notched their first series victory over the San Francisco Giants since May of 2011, sparking conversation about whether or not the purple pinstripers truly turned the tides in what has been a very one-sided rivalry.

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However, the real test comes this weekend, when the Giants host the Rockies at AT&T Park, a place in which Colorado has not won a series since June of 2010 and holds a record of 8-22 since the start of the 2010 season. It's not just the Rockies than San Francisco has dominated at the bay, either; the Giants have a .575 winning percentage at home since 2010, the best such mark in the game.

At home this year, the Giants are 17-8, including a three-game sweep of the Rockies in early-April. San Francisco outscored Colorado, 23-8, on the strength of a 10-0 victory in the series finale. Colorado was in the first two games -- and actually held a four-run lead on two separate occasion in Game 2 -- but was unable to come away with a victory.

The Giants, of course, continued their theme of resiliency last weekend in Denver, erasing a 6-0 deficit in Game 1 en route to an 8-6 win. San Francisco squandered its own four-run lead in Game 2, but nearly came back from five runs down later in the game, ultimately settling for a 10-9 loss. Colorado dominated the final two games of the series unlike anything we've seen from the team in games against the Giants over the past few seasons, outscoring San Francisco, 15-2, across both games to secure the 3-1 series win.

Even though San Francisco's starting pitching was already developing serious question marks even before that series, allowing 31 runs in four games in Denver made those questions rapidly multiply. Of course, upon returning home, the Giants' starters righted the ship, allowing just four runs to Washington in a 2-1 series victory. Matt Cain, who will start Game 3 of the series against the Rockies, got back on the right track after a rough start in Denver, allowing just two runs on four hits in seven innings. Cain was good in his two starts before allowing six runs at Coors Field, so the Giants have to feel good about their ace going forward.

San Francisco's bats went cold in its final two games in Denver, but the team bounced back with eight runs on 17 hits in Game 1 against Washington. The Giants didn't have the same type of success in the next two games, but they faced the task of going against Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, who can obviously shut anyone down on any given day.

For the Giants to be successful in this series, they'll likely need a stronger offensive showing thean they had in the last two games, although Colorado's bats have the propensity to disappear at AT&T Park, as we all know.

*Thanks to Grant Brisbee for the inspiration.*

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Probable pitchers

Game 1: Friday, May 24 at 8:15 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Tyler Chatwood (2-0, 2.55 ERA) vs. Tim Lincecum (3-3, 4.70 ERA)

Game 2: Saturday, May 25 at 2:05 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Juan Nicasio (4-1, 4.47) vs. Barry Zito (3-3, 3.91)

Game 3: Sunday, May 26 at 2:05 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Jon Garland (3-5, 5.19) vs. Matt Cain (3-2, 5.12)

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Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Marco Scutaro 43 175 25 58 11 2 1 11 15 12 0 0 .331 .382 .434
Pablo Sandoval 46 183 24 56 7 0 8 34 10 18 0 0 .306 .343 .475
Buster Posey 44 149 19 45 11 1 6 28 22 24 0 0 .302 .395 .510
Gregor Blanco 38 117 12 34 6 2 0 16 12 23 5 2 .291 .351 .376
Barry Zito 9 14 2 4 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 .286 .286 .286
Brandon Crawford 46 163 24 46 9 2 5 23 16 32 1 1 .282 .352 .454
Hunter Pence 47 186 27 52 12 2 7 23 13 37 8 0 .280 .325 .478
Angel Pagan 44 177 29 46 9 1 2 22 15 24 6 4 .260 .314 .356
Andres Torres 35 85 12 22 7 0 1 5 4 18 2 1 .259 .292 .376
Brandon Belt 45 143 22 36 8 0 6 22 14 36 2 0 .252 .319 .434
Nick Noonan 27 43 5 10 1 0 0 3 2 11 0 0 .233 .267 .256
Guillermo Quiroz 16 28 2 6 3 0 1 3 3 8 0 0 .214 .313 .429
Joaquin Arias 33 39 4 8 0 0 0 3 2 7 0 0 .205 .262 .205
Brett Pill 5 10 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .200 .182 .400
Francisco Peguero 6 16 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .188 .188 .250
Madison Bumgarner 10 18 2 3 0 0 0 1 2 8 0 0 .167 .250 .167
Hector Sanchez 11 20 2 3 0 0 0 1 3 7 0 0 .150 .261 .150
Matt Cain 10 15 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 .133 .133 .133
Ryan Vogelsong 9 14 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 .071 .133 .071
Tim Lincecum 9 16 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 12 0 0 .063 .118 .063
Chad Gaudin 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Javier Lopez 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Mijares 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sergio Romo 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeremy Affeldt 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Santiago Casilla 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
George Kontos 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sandy Rosario 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jean Machi 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Sandy Rosario 1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .00
Jose Mijares 0-0 17 0 0 0 0 0 15.0 20 3 3 1 7 16 1.80 1.80
Santiago Casilla 3-2 21 0 0 0 1 0 19.0 10 5 4 1 13 16 1.89 1.21
Jean Machi 1-0 12 0 0 0 0 0 13.1 13 3 3 0 3 13 2.02 1.20
Chad Gaudin 0-1 15 0 0 0 0 0 26.0 20 6 6 1 11 24 2.08 1.19
Javier Lopez 1-0 21 0 0 0 0 0 12.2 13 5 3 0 4 14 2.13 1.34
Jeremy Affeldt 1-1 16 0 0 0 0 1 13.1 12 4 4 0 8 6 2.70 1.50
Sergio Romo 2-2 23 0 0 0 13 2 20.0 16 6 6 1 3 23 2.70 .95
Madison Bumgarner 4-2 10 10 0 0 0 0 65.1 49 23 21 6 17 63 2.89 1.01
Barry Zito 3-3 9 9 0 0 0 0 50.2 62 30 22 3 16 31 3.91 1.54
Tim Lincecum 3-3 9 9 0 0 0 0 53.2 51 30 28 6 25 56 4.70 1.42
Matt Cain 3-2 10 10 0 0 0 0 63.1 55 37 36 13 19 56 5.12 1.17
George Kontos 2-1 23 0 0 0 0 1 23.1 24 15 15 3 8 22 5.79 1.37
Ryan Vogelsong 2-4 9 9 0 0 0 0 46.1 62 44 37 11 18 40 7.19 1.73


San Francisco Giants Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Pablo Sandoval other-illness 05/24/2013

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Eric Surkamp elbow 03/22/2013
Ryan Vogelsong hand 05/20/2013
Santiago Casilla knee 05/20/2013
Tony Abreu quadriceps 03/22/2013

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