Tony Avelar, Associated Press
A pitcher who had never made a major league start is leading the Rockies starting staff. With Jon Gray now on the DL for what looks like at least a month, Tyler Anderson struggling through his first three starts, Chatwood struggling in his last two, and Freeland with lots of inexperience, the Rockies have a starting staff that is young and may be the downfall if there is not growth.
Tyler Anderson struggled through only four innings before exiting while giving up four runs. A couple of homers and a couple of balks were his downfall. Once Anderson exited, the Rockies offense just couldn’t keep up as the Giants kept piling on runs. The final was an 8-2 win for San Francisco and it tied the series at 1-1.
The Rockies offense is still struggling, though it is always hard to gets run at AT&T. So far early in the season, it is looking like if the Rockies can hand a lead to their bullpen, they will win. But the clutch at-bats have eluded them thus far and the starters just aren’t holding up as well as people may have predicted early in the year.
The Rockies will try and get some length out of Chatwood on Saturday as they have already used up a lot of their bullpen, with starters combining for only seven innings through the first two games. Luckily for the Rockies, they do have an off day on Monday after a long stretch of games to start the season, but they still have two games until then to try and save some bullpen innings. Perhaps an afternoon game will result in a welcome change for the Rockies offense and hopefully they will be able to score some runs against Giants pitcher Matt Moore.