The pitcher to watch for the Giants this series will be the red-hot Tim Lincecum. Unlike last year, the new form of Lincecum is having a great start to the season, being in the mix for yet another Cy Young award. So far he has a 2.11 ERA with 66 strikeouts, a 1.03 WHIP and has been holding his opponents to a 1.97 batting average.
The Rockies pitcher to keep an eye on is Ubaldo Jimenez. Unlike Lincecum, Jimenez has not been as impressive as he has been in the past. Coming off the DL at the start of the season, he has posted a 6.67 ERA in 29.2 innings thus far. He also owns a 1.58 WHIP while giving up twice as many home runs than Lincecum (4) in almost half the innings pitched. It'll be interesting to see if Jimenez can pitch like he did last season, this season he has yet to earn a win, when last season by this time he owned a 7-1 record.
What the Rockies lack in pitching, they sure do make up with their hitting. With guys like Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton and Carlos Gonzalez in the middle of the order, the Rockies average a run more per game than the Giants.
With this series being played at Coors Field, it will be less of who allows the fewest runs, but more of who will score the most. The Giants have had success in Colorado so far this season, going 2-1 while averaging 5.34 runs per game. This season, the Giants have a record of 5-1 against the Rockies, including a three-game sweep at home earlier this month.
Game 1- Monday, 5:40 p.m. PST
Lincecum v. Mortensen
Game 2- Tuesday, 12:10 p.m. PST
Cain v. Jimenez