Fan’s Preview: Have the San Francisco Giants Turned Around Their Offensive Struggles at Home?

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After being shutout for the fifth time at home this season on Friday, the San Francisco Giants needed to bring some of the great hitting they saw on the road against the Colorado Rockies. With Matt Cain on the mound putting up a great start, the Giants excelled in Saturday's 9-3 win thanks to the production of Buster Posey, Angel Pagan, and Joaquin Arias. Facing off against Colorado in the rubber game, will San Francisco maintain their offense against a beatable pitching staff?

After facing Tyler Chatwood on Friday and Drew Pomeranz on Saturday, a start on Sunday at home against an inconsistent Alex White who is 0-2 with an 8.38 ERA in two career starts against the Giants should be a shoo-in. However, prior to Saturday's win, the Giants had hit .114 in their previous three home games and entered the game with an NL-low 3.21 runs per game at home.

Until the Giants show some more consistency with their bats, the team will still need to rely on a good outing by Barry Zito, who has great history against the Rockies and at home. Aside from throwing a four-hit shutout against the Rockies in his 2012 debut to his 6-2 record with a 2.39 ERA in 18 career appearances against them, Zito is also 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA against the team in eight career home starts. With the trends all looking good towards Zito, he'll be a major factor for the Giants winning this series.

Matchup:

The San Francisco Giants will host the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park located in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 1:05 p.m. PT. This will be the third game in a three-game series.

Season series:

Giants lead series 7-3.

Standings:

Colorado comes into the matchup with a 41-70 record and in fifth place in the National League West. They are 20-33 when playing on the road and have won four of their last 10 games.

San Francisco enters the game with a 62-52 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 33-24 when playing at home and have won six of their last 10 games.

Starting pitcher matchup:

Colorado: Alex White

2012 season: 2-6, 5.75 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 39 Ks

Numbers vs. Giants in last five years: 0-2, 8.38 ERA, 2.07 WHIP, 4 K

San Francisco: Barry Zito

2012 season: 9-8, 4.19 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 75 Ks

Numbers vs. Rockies in last five years: 5-2, 2.69 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 71 Ks

Where to watch and listen to the game:

The game can be watched live locally at the following:

In Colorado: ROOT SPORTS and KOA 850

In San Francisco: CSN-BA HD, KNBR 680, and KTRB 860

Next series on tap:

Following this series, the Rockies will host the Milwaukee Brewers from August 13-15 and host the Miami Marlins from August 16-19.

Meanwhile, the Giants' next two series will be at home against the Washington Nationals from August 13-15 and on the road against the San Diego Padres from August 17-19.

Sources:

White, Zito square off in rubber game in San Francisco, MLB.com

Rockies-Giants Preview, AP

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Austin Chang is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, baseball fan, and supporter of the San Francisco Giants. Follow this Featured Contributor on Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.

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