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Giants vs. Rockies preview: Game times, TV schedule, live streaming info, matchups and more

The San Francisco Giants are coming to Coors Field already in first place. It must be an even year.

Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a 3-1 series win on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants visit Coors Field hoping to continue their early season success. With a 5-2 record, and two series wins under their belt already, the Giants are in first place in the National League West and well on their way in their inevitable march to another World Series title in an even numbered year.

With the Rockies hoping to re-establish their dominance, they're going to have to find a way to quiet down a potent Giants lineup while not getting shutdown by a retooled rotation.

Giants Power Rankings

Really Good: Lineup

The Giants lineup might be the best that they've had in recent memory, well-rounded and seemingly never ending. The Giants have the highest slugging percentage of any NL team in the non-Trevor-Story-aided division. Combined with Coors Field's proclivity to aid extra base hits, a struggling Rockies rotation has their work cut out for them.

Very Good: Rotation

The Giant invested a considerable amount  of money in giving Madison Bumgarner some worthy rotation mates and so far the results have been promising for them. The Rockies do get to face the two starters who had their biggest struggles in their first starts. Jeff Samardzija struggled with command in his start while Peavy had a BABIP-influenced line similar to what most of the Rockies starters have had to endure.

Good Enough: Bullpen

At first glance, the bullpen's ERA would make one thing that they've been the best part of the Giants hot start; however, digging a little bit deeper, while they've managed to reduce runs scored so far, their lack of strikeouts doesn't bode well for their future success. At this point, the Giants are hoping that their strong rotation will be able to hide the flaws in the pen.

Who to watch: Hitter

Buster Posey has been the Giants' best hitter for most of this decade, and this season that doesn't appear to be changing. Alternating between catching and playing first base, Posey always hits the ball well, though he does perform better as a hitter when playing first base.

Against the Rockies, and especially at Coors Field, Posey has hit the ball well with a 1.000+ OPS in both splits. If the Rockies pitchers can find a way to contain Posey it will go a long way to helping the Rockies secure a series win.

Who to watch: Pitcher

Jeff Samardzija combined with Johnny Cueto represent a large portion of the Giants plan to reboot their team after a disappointing  2015 season and make another run at baseball dominance. While the Rockies won't face Cueto this go around, they will face Samardzija in the series opener.

Samardzija struggled in his Giants debut allowing eight hits and giving up three walks in 5innings of work. Considering the amount of capital invested in him, the Giants obviously hoped that they would be able to fix some of the issues that plagued him last year. One start in, that doesn't appear to be the case yet, and this next start against the Rockies will be the next test.

Game times, TV schedule, and probable pitchers (all times Mountain)

Tuesday, April. 12, 6:40 p.m.: Tyler Chatwood vs. Jeff Samardzija 
TV: Root Sports; Streaming: MLB.TV; Radio: 850 KOA, 1150 KNRV (Spanish)

Wednesday, April. 13, 6:40 p.m.: Jordan Lyles vs. Jake Peavy
TV: Root Sports; Streaming: MLB.TV; Radio: 850 KOA, 1150 KNRV (Spanish)

Thursday, April 14, 1:10 p.m.: Jorge De La Rosa vs. Matt Cain
TV: Streaming: MLB.TV (Giants feed); Radio: 850 KOA, 1150 KNRV (Spanish)

For more information, check out the best source for San Francisco Giants news, McCovey Chronicles.