Monday, June 26th 8:08pm: German Marquez (5-3 3.92) vs. Jeff Samardzija (2-9 4.74)
After getting swept by the Dodgers and losing two to the Dbacks at home, the Rockies are desperate for a good series. Playing the second worst team in the Majors is definitely something that can help them, but it could also demoralize them if they play poorly. You still have to take the Giants seriously and the Rockies NEED to take this series. Marquez opens the series up and he really needs to get deep into this game. The bullpen has struggled mightily and the Rockies would really love to limit his use.
Tuesday, June 27th 8:15pm: Jeff Hoffman (4-1 4.29) vs. Matt Cain (3-7 5.54)
Hoffman got blown up in his start against Arizona and will need to rebound against the Giants. They have a poor offense and this is a late game by the bay which definitely slows the ball down, but he will still need to pitch well. Facing another pitcher the Rockies are familiar with, Matt Cain, may either hurt or harm their chances of scoring runs, but Cain is long gone from his old self and the Rockies have gotten to him for some runs a time or two in the past. This is a good chance for the Rockies to hopefully gain some games back on Arizona and LA, but if they can’t do that, they need to at least keep pace with them.
Wednesday, June 28th 1:45pm: Kyle Freeland (8-5 3.70) vs. Ty Blach (4-5 4.86)
As many of the Rockies pitchers in the past week, Freeland was not very strong in his outing against LA. Freeland can rebound with a day game against the Giants and like the first two pitchers in this series, he needs to get some length. As a rookie, some hiccups as the season go on are expected, but it would also be nice to see how he responds to some difficult times out. Blach was pretty good against the Rockies and only lost due to Nolan hitting his walk-off home run. The Rockies would love to just take this series with great pitching and strong offense, but nothing is as easy as you want things to be, especially in a week of struggles.