April 12th: Jeff Samardzija (0-0 5.06 ERA) vs. Tyler Chatwood (1-0 1.42 ERA) 6:40pm start
This is the game I look most forward to as it should be the best chance for the Rockies to put up a statement-making win. Samardzija has not been the pitcher he was a few years ago, and I do not see him returning to that form either. He just doesn’t have the confidence or the stuff to dominate a game like he did in 2014 and after his abysmal year in Chicago, he seems to have transformed from a solid number 2 to a end of the rotation guy incapable of shutting a lineup down. Chatwood, on the other hand, showed he can return to form and pitched a great game in his first start. The Giants are a very good hitting lineup, especially at Coors Field, but Chatwood can come out and perform well. If the Rockies can win this first game, look for them to carry the momentum into a possible sweep of the series.
April 13th: Jake Peavy (0-0 7.20 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles (0-1 13.50 ERA) 6:40pm start
Neither of these pitchers started the season well and both will be looking to rebound. It will be hard for both of them as they are going up against potent offenses. This game could very well turn into a Coors Field special and end up a 10-9 game. Whatever team can start with an early lead will be in a good position and if either team’s pitcher can go 5+ look for that team to pick up the win.
April 14th: Matt Cain (0-0 3.00 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (0-1 12.46 ERA) 1:10pm start
This day game will be the best pitchers matchup of the series, if De La Rosa can get back on track. If De La fails to throw strikes and pitches like he has in the first two starts, this game will be over before it starts. Matt Cain is not the same pitcher he was when he threw a perfect game, but he is still a very intelligent pitcher than can control every pitch he throws. The Rockies have jumped on him in the past, but a healthy Matt Cain is a very good and very scary pitcher. This will be the toughest game of the series to win, but if the Rockies can pull it out, it will be a statement to the NL West that the Rockies are going to compete.
Rockies series story lines:
-Trevor Story. Enough said. Will he keep up his torrid pace and keep tearing the cover off the ball?
-Ben Paulsen or Mark Reynolds? Paulsen has not been getting as many starts against righties as he should be, and this series is a good opportunity to get at least two starts against the Giants pitchers, who are all righties.
-Bullpen. The Rockies bullpen has been taxed heavily so far. They have been struggling to get outs with the exception of Miguel Castro and Jake McGee. Those two have pitched fantastic so far, but two pitchers cannot carry a whole pen, so at least two other pitchers need to step up. Boone Logan and Justin Miller would be the ideal candidates to show what they’re worth.