Series Preview: Rockies @ Giants

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Thursday, May 5th 8:15pm: Chris Rusin (1-0 1.69 ERA) vs. Matt Cain (0-3 7.oo ERA)

The Rockies start their four game set against the Giants facing a pitcher they are very familiar with. Cain has a successful career against the Rockies, especially their current lineup. Cain has not started the year well though and is not the same pitcher he was a few years ago. The Rockies can take advantage of this and start the series with a win. Chris Rusin will take the mound for his second start and will be able to get extended out further than he did in his first start in which he was terrific. Rusin is not a pitcher to overpower the other team or deal with his great stuff, but he competes and is a smart pitcher.

Friday, May 6th 8:15pm: Chad Bettis (3-1 3.89 ERA) vs. Madison Bumgarner (3-2 3.03 ERA)

The Rockies will face Bumgarner for the first time in 2016 and they will be doing it with their second best pitcher. Bettis has been extremely solid so far this year and will hopefully keep this up. He will certainly need to be good as the Rockies face the Giants ace who has great success against the Rockies lineup. Carlos Gonzalez is the only player batting over .300 against Bumgarner and this game could very well turn out as a pitchers duel.

Saturday, May 7th 2:05pm: Jon Gray (0-1 7.98 ERA) vs. Johhny Cueto (4-1 3.61 ERA)

This series is a lot tougher than the first one the Rockies had against the Giants. It is a home series for San Fran and it has both of their best pitchers throwing. Cueto was acquired in the offseason and has been very good to start his Giants career. This day game could be a tough one to win for the Rockies, but if Jon Gray pitches as he did in his last start, and gets through the first inning without giving up a run, it could bode well for the Rockies.

Sunday, May 8th 2:05pm: Eddie Butler (0-1 6.75 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (4-1 3.32 ERA)

This is another tough matchup for the Rockies. Shark dominated the Rockies in his first matchup against them and Eddie Butler struggled towards the end of his start against the Padres. This is a rough series for the Rockies offense to get back on track, but if their pitchers pitch like they have on the road this year, they can split this series. That is what the Rockies need to do, take at least 2 of the games. Any more than that and it should be considered an extremely successful trip to San Fran.

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