The San Francisco Giants are just coming off their first series win of 2017 after taking the rubber match against the Arizona DiamondBacks last night.
Now, the San Francisco Giants take on the upstart Colorado Rockies in their first matchup of 2017. The Rockies currently sit second in the NL West with a record of 6-4. However, they did just drop a series to the San Diego Padres.
This Colorado Rockies team features a ton of home-grown talent, and a whole lot of hitting power. What most casual MLB fans may not realize is that this is the most well rounded Rockies team in recent history. They have a well stocked bullpen, and a solid young rotation, which is something that I don’t think I’ve ever written about a Rockies team in my life.
Now, the Giants and Rockies will pit their top four of their rotation against each other. Here are how the match-ups will shake out over the series:
Thursday: John Gray vs. Madison Bumgarner; 7:15 PT
All of these match-ups are going to be good. Senzatela is a young upstart to take a good look at. Chatwood had the best road ERA in baseball in 2016, and Matt Moore always pitches good. Then you have their two young aces against the San Francisco Giants two aces.
We all know the Rockies have a lineup that can hit, but that has been the biggest struggle for them so far in 2017. If the Giants offense can get its timely hitting down, even with Buster Posey out of the lineup, they should be able to win this series.
Rockies to keep an eye on:
- Nolan Arenado: Arenado is a Giant killer, and boy does he LOVE hitting at AT&T Park. Weird, I know. Maybe it just fore-shadows his future as a Giant.
- Mark Reynolds: Reynolds has stated that he wants to make it difficult on the Rockies to put Ian Desmond in the lineup when he comes back from injury. So far, he’s doing that by hitting .313 with 4 HRs and 10 RBI
Tune in tonight for Game One of this series! You can watch on NBCSBA, or listen on KNBR 680. First pitch is at 7:15.