The top two teams in the National League West open up a three-game series tonight at Coors Field when the San Francisco Giants take on the Colorado Rockies.
The 28-17 Giants lead the 25-20 Rockies by three games as both teams are 3-3 against each other. The Giants are 17-12 versus the NL West and 10-7 on the road facing their division rivals. The orange and black own a 14-9 overall road record.
A pair of lefties take the mound in the opener as Madison Bumgarner (5-3) takes on Franklin Morales (3-3). Bumgarner owns a 8-6 lifetime record versus the Rockies with a 3.19 ERA and 83 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 pm.
Wednesday night has Matt Cain (1-3) facing Jhoulys Chacin (0-2). Cain is 17-8 all-time against the Rockies with a 3.35 ERA and 191 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 pm.
Thursday's series finale features Tim Hudson (4-2) battling Jorge De La Rosa (5-3). Hudson is 1-0 in day games this season with a 3.38 ERA and 11 strikeouts in three starts. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 pm.
The Giants are 11-3 in series openers and 10-4 in series finales, while going 20-4 when scoring first and 23-8 when homering at least once in a game. The orange and black are 20-4 when scoring at least four runs in a game.
This series will feature two teams who love to smack home runs as the Rockies rank first (62) and Giants rank third (51) in all of baseball in that category. The Giants pitching will have their hands full with this Rockies offense as they lead baseball in team batting average, (.299), runs scored (249), hits (469) and RBI's (240).
The Giants rank fourth in the NL with a 3.21 ERA and sixth in opponents batting average at .244. These two teams will see each next month at AT&T Park during a weekend series from June 13th-15th.
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