The San Francisco Giants only have themselves and their bats to blame as their reign as World Series champion winds down to the final three games of the regular season.
Those offensive struggles have continued during a four-game slide, but facing the Colorado Rockies could help end that slump.
The Giants look to get back in the win column and make it six straight victories over the Rockies on Monday night.
San Francisco (84-75) is among the lightest-hitting teams in the majors with a .241 average while averaging an NL-worst 3.5 runs per game. Those are the main reasons why the Giants won’t get a chance to repeat as World Series champions.
They’ve gone 2 for 25 with runners in scoring position and been outscored 31-7 during a four-game slide, including a three-game sweep at the hands of division-winning Arizona capped by Sunday’s 5-2 defeat.
“It was embarrassing,” manager Bruce Bochy said of being swept. “There is no getting around it. That is not the way we want to finish up.”
Facing Colorado (72-87) may give Bochy a more positive ending to the season.
The Giants hold an 11-4 edge on the Rockies in the season series, winning each of the last five, including a four-game sweep in Denver from Sept. 15-18.
There were no offensive problems in that series for Bochy’s club, which hit .304 with 11 homers while outscoring Colorado 35-16.
Ryan Vogelsong(notes) (12-7, 2.81 ERA) takes the mound looking to continue his own success versus the Rockies. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four games - three starts - against them this season.
He gave up two runs and four hits with eight strikeouts in an 8-5 win at Coors Field on Sept. 15.
Vogelsong followed that up six days later by allowing four runs in five innings of an 8-5 win at Los Angeles.
He hasn’t received nearly that level of support while losing five consecutive home starts. The Giants have totaled three runs in those games with Vogelsong compiling a 4.41 ERA.
The Rockies seek a third straight win after setting a team record with 25 hits in a 19-3 rout of Houston on Sunday.
“This was one of those special days when everything lined up and we came out on top,” said Chris Iannetta(notes), who homered and had five RBIs. “You can’t really tell what’s going to happen. Even if you score five or six runs, you never know if it’s going to keep going.”
The right-hander has lost his last three starts behind a 4.24 ERA.
Chacin was solid Tuesday, yielding two runs - one earned - in six innings of a 2-1 loss to San Diego. That effort came five days after he lost opposite Vogelsong, while allowing seven runs - four earned - in 5 2-3 innings.
He’s given up one run and five hits in 13 innings to win both of his starts in San Francisco.