Struggling Giants and middling Rockies meet at Coors Field

Ezra Shaw

The Rockies have fallen off a cliff in the last week and a half, but they're still right in the thick of things, thanks in part to an even worse stretch from the division-rival Giants, who visit Coors Field this weekend.

As much as the Colorado Rockies have struggled as of late, the San Francisco Giants have had just as rough of a time.

The defending champs have dropped nine of their last 12 games and are stuck in a third-place tie with the Rockies, who have "only" lost eight games in the same span. San Francisco's problems are wide-ranging; they've scored three or fewer runs eight times in that span and have allowed four or more runs on seven occasions.

The Giants' starting pitchers have ERA's that look similar or worse than those of the Rockies, and that's just crazy. Really, I just want to completely buy into and feed this narrative because it's so hilarious to me, but that would be irresponsible of me so I'll stop right here.

Madison Bumgarner is still awesome, and Matt Cain is Matt Cain so at some point, he's going to be better. And the offense -- it has already been a pleasant surprise, and it will probably get better as Pablo Sandoval continues to get healthy. However, the Giants will be missing the services of Angel Pagan for several months, and might not be able to count on him to give them much for the remainder of this season.

Gregor Blanco has been a very capable replacement, posting a 117 OPS+, which is quite a bit better than the league-average production that Pagan was providing before he was hurt. However, once you get past Blanco, there isn't much in the way of depth with this club. If another player in the starting lineup ends up getting hurt or becomes ineffective, San Francisco might be in trouble.

As it sits now, the Giants are rumored to be looking at Ricky Nolasco, Matt Garza, Yovani Gallardo and other pitchers on the trade market, but there haven't been many whispers of upgrading the offensive depth. San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean has been quoted as saying that he believes the asking price would be too high for worthy players, so there are no plans for the Giants' brass to make a deal for now. However, it wouldn't be wise to count them out once the trade deadline approaches.

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Probable pitchers

Game 1: Friday, June 28 at 6:40 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Barry Zito (4-5, 4.40 ERA) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (6-3, 3.92 ERA)

Game 2: Saturday, June 29 at 2:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Matt Cain (5-4, 4.54) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (8-4, 3.19)

Game 3: Sunday, June 30 at 2:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Madison Bumgarner (7-5, 3.20) vs. Drew Pomeranz (8-1, 4.20*)

* - Triple-A stats

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Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Marco Scutaro 67 269 34 87 17 2 2 18 23 20 0 0 .323 .378 .424
Buster Posey 74 264 32 83 21 1 10 45 31 34 1 0 .314 .391 .515
Gregor Blanco 68 226 25 67 11 4 1 26 19 49 9 5 .296 .351 .394
Tony Abreu 14 34 9 10 4 1 0 2 3 9 0 0 .294 .351 .471
Hunter Pence 78 309 46 89 22 2 12 40 21 53 13 0 .288 .331 .489
Pablo Sandoval 60 237 26 67 7 0 8 37 12 29 0 0 .283 .319 .414
Brandon Crawford 75 261 34 73 14 2 5 28 21 51 1 2 .280 .339 .406
Joaquin Arias 58 105 9 29 1 1 0 10 3 17 1 0 .276 .297 .305
Juan Perez 13 34 0 9 1 0 0 3 1 5 0 0 .265 .278 .294
Brandon Belt 76 243 34 64 18 0 8 34 24 56 3 1 .263 .332 .436
Andres Torres 64 179 22 47 15 0 2 18 12 45 2 1 .263 .304 .380
Angel Pagan 46 187 30 49 10 1 3 24 15 25 6 4 .262 .314 .374
Hector Sanchez 20 36 2 8 0 0 0 3 4 9 0 0 .222 .300 .222
Nick Noonan 48 85 9 18 2 0 0 4 5 18 0 0 .212 .256 .235
Francisco Peguero 6 16 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .188 .188 .250
Barry Zito 15 22 3 4 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 .182 .182 .182
Guillermo Quiroz 26 42 2 7 3 0 1 3 3 11 0 0 .167 .239 .310
Brett Pill 14 27 4 4 2 0 1 3 1 5 0 0 .148 .172 .333
Madison Bumgarner 16 29 3 4 0 0 0 2 3 15 0 0 .138 .219 .138
Matt Cain 16 28 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 10 0 0 .107 .107 .107
Tim Lincecum 16 28 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 19 0 0 .071 .103 .143
Ryan Vogelsong 9 14 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 .071 .133 .071
Chad Gaudin 22 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Mike Kickham 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sandy Rosario 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Javier Lopez 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Mijares 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sergio Romo 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeremy Affeldt 30 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 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jake Dunning 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ramon Ramirez 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jean Machi 25 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
Javier Lopez 1-0 33 0 0 0 0 0 18.1 15 5 3 0 6 22 1.47 1.15
Santiago Casilla 3-2 21 0 0 0 1 0 19.0 10 5 4 1 13 16 1.89 1.21
Sergio Romo 3-3 33 0 0 0 18 3 30.0 25 9 8 2 5 34 2.40 1.00
Sandy Rosario 2-0 11 0 0 0 0 0 14.0 12 4 4 1 7 14 2.57 1.36
Chad Gaudin 2-1 22 4 0 0 0 0 52.0 43 15 15 4 18 41 2.60 1.17
Jose Mijares 0-1 30 0 0 0 0 0 27.2 34 8 8 3 8 26 2.60 1.52
Jake Dunning 0-1 7 0 0 0 0 0 6.2 4 2 2 0 1 3 2.70 .75
Jeremy Affeldt 1-3 30 0 0 0 0 4 26.2 22 9 9 2 11 17 3.04 1.24
Madison Bumgarner 7-5 16 16 0 0 0 0 104.0 74 40 37 10 30 102 3.20 1.00
Jean Machi 2-0 25 0 0 0 0 1 25.2 30 11 11 2 5 22 3.86 1.36
Barry Zito 4-5 15 15 0 0 0 0 86.0 102 50 42 5 32 56 4.40 1.56
Matt Cain 5-4 16 16 0 0 0 0 101.0 84 52 51 16 29 96 4.54 1.12
Tim Lincecum 4-8 16 16 0 0 0 0 95.0 95 55 49 9 41 93 4.64 1.43
George Kontos 2-1 33 0 0 0 0 1 31.0 35 19 19 4 11 28 5.52 1.48
Ryan Vogelsong 2-4 9 9 0 0 0 0 46.1 62 44 37 11 18 40 7.19 1.73
Mike Kickham 0-2 2 2 0 0 0 0 7.2 12 10 9 3 4 8 10.57 2.09
Ramon Ramirez 0-0 6 0 0 0 0 0 5.2 9 8 7 2 5 0 11.12 2.47


San Francisco Giants Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Eric Surkamp elbow 03/22/2013
Angel Pagan hamstring 05/26/2013
Chad Gaudin elbow 06/21/2013
Santiago Casilla knee 05/20/2013
Joaquin Arias hamstring 06/27/2013

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Vogelsong hand 05/20/2013

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