San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies Series Preview


The San Francisco Giants kick off September by traveling to Denver to take on the Colorado Rockies. This originally was a three-game series, but the Giants and Rockies will also have to complete the suspended game from May 22nd, which is scheduled to be played at 1:10 today before the first game of this series.

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The Giants faced the Rockies in a four-game series just last week at AT&T Park. The Giants took three out of the four games, and their win on August 26th is what started their current six-game winning streak.

After that series, the Giants faced the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game series at home. They swept Milwaukee and outscored the Brewers 31-8 in the series.

The Giants will have some reinforcements starting this series against the Rockies since they called up five players as a part of the September 1st roster expansion.

Here’s Jimmy Durkin of the Bay Area News Group with the details:

"Outfielder Juan Perez and pitcher Mike Kickham were recalled from Triple-A Fresno and pitcher Hunter Strickland was recalled from Double-A Richmond. Infielder Chris Dominguez and catcher Guillermo Quiroz had their contracts purchased from Triple-A, with Ehire Adrianza and Hector Sanchez being transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for both of those guys.The Fresno Grizzlies still play one more game Monday, so expect a few more call-ups after their season is complete."

The Giants have gone 7-8 against the Rockies this season, and they are 2-3 at Coors Field.

Here are the pitching matchups for this series:

Monday Sept. 1st at 1:10 pm PT: TBA

This will be the completion of the suspended game on May 22nd. That game was suspended in the bottom of the sixth after a second rain delay. The game was tied 2-2 with two outs and a runner on base, and this is where the game will resume.

Both the Giants and the Rockies will have to make some adjustments at the start of this game. The Giants had David Huff pitching, but since he’s now on the New York Yankees, they will need a new pitcher. The Rockies will also need a new runner on first as Michael Cuddyer is on the DL, and they will need a new batter as Troy Tulowitzki is also on the DL.

It’s unclear what the pitching matchup will be yet, but the Giants’ pitcher will be someone out of the bullpen, possibly Tim Lincecum

Monday Sept. 1st (second game starts 20-30 minutes after completion of first game): Tim Hudson (9-9, 2.90 ERA) vs. Franklin Morales (5-7, 5.14 ERA)

This matchup is the same one from last Wednesday’s game when the Giants faced the Rockies at home.

In that game, Hudson limited the Rockies to just four hits and one earned run. Hudson has started seven games in his career at Coors Field, and he is 0-2 with a 7.05 ERA.

In last Wednesday’s game, Morales gave up seven hits and one run in six innings, and he struck out seven. In five appearances (three starts) against the Giants this season, he’s given up 23 hits and nine runs, and he’s struck out 23 in 23 innings.

Aug 28, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher

Yusmeiro Petit

(52) set a new MLB record retiring 46 batters in a row during their game with the Colorado Rockies in the third inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday Sept. 2nd at 5:40 pm PT: Yusmeiro Petit (4-3, 3.44 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles (6-2, 4.08 ERA)

Petit will make his second start since replacing Tim Lincecum in the starting rotation. In his last start, he set a Major League record with 46 consecutive retired batters. He’s started seven times for the Giants this season, and he’s gone 2-2 with a 5.54 ERA.

Lyles has struggled with command recently, and in his last three starts, he’s given up 11 runs in 16 2/3 innings. He’s also walked 10 and struck out 14 during that span. Lyles has failed to pitch past the sixth inning in every start since May 5th.

Wednesday Sept. 3rd at 12:10 pm PT: Ryan Vogelsong (8-9, 3.73 ERA) vs. Christian Bergman (1-2, 5.74 ERA)

In eight career appearances at Coors Field, Vogelsong has a 6.66 ERA. However, the Giants have given Vogelsong 29 runs of support in his last five starts. Vogelsong will need this type of offensive production to overcome the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field.

Bergman has made just five career starts, and in his last outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 29th, he only gave up two hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings.