The Crystal (base)Ball: Giants vs Rockies Series

Ah, that sweet, so-thin-it-makes-breaking-pitches-toast, clean air of Colorado. The hum of the baseball humidifier plays background to the sounds of birds chirping and pitchers crying in the mighty Coors Field

The Rockies, once 2nd in the west, has just dropped 3 to the Dodgers and now fights Arizona for 3rd place. Hopefully, this streak will continue.

Today Damian Moss, who has lost the last two contests he's pitched it, faces local boy (and I mean local: born in Oakland, schooled at Stanford) rookie Jason Young. Young is 0-1 in his first two starts with a 6.75 ERA and hasn't pitched more than 5 innings. Young, who has given up 8 runs in his first two starts, is a groundball pitcher. Damian Moss, struggling as of late with his command, has to deal with Charles Johnson, who owns him (4-7, 3 2B's, 1 HR).

Saturday meets Kurt Ainsworth with Shawn Chacon. The Rockies have won every home starts he's made, though he's having trouble sticking around in the late innings. Kurt Ainsworth has lost the last four games he's pitched in- being perhaps a little too fearless in his pitching strategies.

Sunday's matchup has Jesse Foppert against Darren Oliver. Foppert has pitched beautifully in his last two games that only lacked in run support to close them out. Oliver has struggled lately, getting as high as 110 pitches in 4 innings! He's definitely a groundball pitcher- which is good for Coors- and Rich Aurilia's gone 4-9 against the guy. As he and Marquis Grissom continue to get on base like it's going out of style, I think we'll get some Barry loving- assuming his ankle holds up.

The final game of the series showcases Kirk Rueter against last years amazing rookie Jason Jennings. Woody's been pitching beautifully all season and his biggest hitter in Colorado (Larry Walker, 12-39, 2 HR, 12RBI) hasn't been up to his usual swatting self. JT Snow hits him well, with an almost baffling 5 2B's (Slow JT? Are you kidding me?).

Should Marquis Grissom keep ringing pitchers up and Neifi Perez and Rich Aurilia keep getting on base, things should be good in Colorado. It will also be interesting to see how Manny Aybar does in Colorado.

Disclaimer: Please forgive me if I'm a bit loopy today. I just got out of two midterms and my brain feels little more than a lump of strawberry Jell-o (and no pineapple chunks in!).

Jillian Bailles d'Err writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants fan since 1988. She currently writes the column 'The Crystal (Base)Ball', a preview into upcoming Giants series. If you'd like to say hey, or comment about how amazingly insightful she is (or not), contact her at Giants1BChick@aol.com


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