Series Preview: Giants vs. Rockies

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Friday, May 27th 6:40pm: Matt Cain (1-5 5.37 ERA) vs. Tyler Chatwood (5-3 3.02 ERA)

While Chatwood hasn’t been particularly good at home this year, he is coming off of his best home start when he faced the Mets. He also has the benefit of facing Matt Cain who already has two losses against the Rockies this year. The Rockies have got to Cain in both of his starts scoring six runs in each. If Tyler Chatwood can mimic his success against the Mets, this game could end up very lopsided in the Rockies favor.

Saturday, May 28th 2:10pm: Madison Bumgarner (6-2 2.17) vs. Chris Rusin (1-2 3.93 ERA)

It isn’t announced yet whether Rusin will make the Saturday start, but it is presumably going to be him or Eddie Butler. Whoever doesn’t start Saturday will likely start Sunday. Either way the Rockies offense will have their work cut out for them while facing Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner controlled the Rockies in his last start giving up only 2 earned runs (4 runs total) while earning the win. That was in San Francisco however, so with the Rockies at home they could flip that result around and come out with a much needed win against the division rival Giants.

Sunday, May 29th 2:10pm: Johnny Cueto (7-1 2.38 ERA) vs. Eddie Butler (2-2 3.58 ERA)

Johnny Cueto has been terrific this year and he absolutely handled the Rockies when he last faced them. Cueto went 8 innings of shutout baseball and the Rockies could not manage much of anything off of him. This game could very well end up the rubber match of the series so it is extremely important that the Rockies do whatever they can to get to Cueto. That means playing some small ball, having intelligent base running, and taking advantage of any mistakes made by the Giants. Either way, the Rockies will need their long relievers to step up and perform like they have in their best performances. It is certainly possible as both Chris Rusin and Eddie Butler have been pretty good in starter roles this year, but the Giants lineup is not an easy one to navigate and they always seem to play well at Coors Field.

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