The Colorado Rockies and "solid pitching" are typically not synonymous with one another, but the San Francisco Giants are getting a little taste of that in this series. On Monday, the Rockies got four solid innings from starter Alex White and will now welcome right-hander Jhoulys Chacin to the mound on Tuesday. Since sitting out 3 1/2 months with right shoulder inflammation, Chacin is back and pitching well for Colorado.
In four starts since being injured in May, he has allowed only four runs over 21 1/3 innings. While most of the outings were against non-playoff teams, Chacin has looked like the starter who won 11 games and struck out 150 batters last season. Still riddled with control concerns, he has averaged over two walks a game this season and could be an area Giant batters can capitalize on.
As for Madison Bumgarner, he'll be going for his third win of the season against Colorado. Like Monday's starter Ryan Vogelsong, Bumgarner has also struggled as of late, losing his last three starts with a 6.48 ERA. With an opponent he's had success against this season, he will hopefully break his streak of rough outings like Barry Zito did on Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The San Francisco Giants will visit the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field located in Denver, CO on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 5:40 p.m. PT. This will be the second game in a three-game series.
Giants lead season series 9-7.
San Francisco comes into the matchup with a 79-62 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 39-31 when playing on the road and have won five of their last 10 games.
Colorado enters the game with a 57-83 record and in fifth place in the National League West. They are 31-41 when playing at home and have won four of their last 10 games.
Starting pitcher matchup:
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner
2012 season: 14-10, 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 173 Ks
Career numbers vs. Rockies: 4-3, 1.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 42 Ks
Career numbers at Coors Field: 3-2, 2.59 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 20 Ks
Colorado: Jhoulys Chacin
2012 season: 2-5, 4.50 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 34 Ks
Career numbers vs. Giants: 0-2, 7.90 ERA, 2.12 WHIP, 7 Ks
Career numbers at Coors Field: 3-4, 3.30 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 31 Ks
Where to watch and listen to the game:
The game can be watched and heard live locally at the following:
In San Francisco: CSN-BA HD & KNBR 680
In Colorado: ROOT SPORTS & KOA 850
Pitching statistic leaders:
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner - 14 wins, Sergio Romo - 1.74 ERA, Matt Cain - 175 strikeouts
Colorado: Rex Brothers - 8 wins, Rafael Betancourt - 2.47 ERA, Rex Brothers - 76 strikeouts
Jhoulys Chacin Profile, Yahoo! Sports
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