Series Preview: Giants vs. Rockies

As the Giants fall back to .500, their time is starting to run out. With only a few more series left in the season, the Giants will need almost every game for the remainder of the season in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Game #1: Noah Lowry (7-9, 4.19) vs. Justin Hampson (0-0, 1.80)
Lowry has not looked sharp since the month of August ended, and he will face a team that's batted him around before. Clint Barnes is 6-21 with two jacks against Lowry, Matt Holliday is 6-20 with a double and a jack and Todd Helton is 5-15 with two doubles and a homer. Garrett Atkins is only 3-13 with a double, but Jamey Carroll is 4-10 with a double.

Hampson is making his first start in the majors. Moises Alou is 0-2 against Hampson and Shea Hillenbrand is 1-2 with a double. Hillenbrand has the only hit against Hampson on the Giants.

The Edge: Tied
Hampson is fairly new to the league, and new to the Giants, so we don't know what to expect from him. Lowry has been on and off after August. He hasn't been terrible in all of his starts, but he also hasn't been dominating either. This game will be a toss-up pitching wise.

Game #2: Matt Cain (13-9, 3.75) vs. Jason Jennings (8-12, 3.61)
Cain definitely gave the Rockies something to think about in his last start against them. He was virtually unhittable, as he's been against any other teams. If Cain continues to pitch like he has, the Rookie of the Year award doesn't seem so farfetched. Atkins is 5-13 with a double and a jack against Cain, but Helton is only 2-11 with a double and a homer. Holliday is 3-10 with a round tripper, but Cory Sullivan is only 1-9.

This game should be a great pitching match-up. Jennings did well against the Giants when he last saw them. Steve Finley is 10-34 with a double against Jennings, and Barry Bonds is 12-30 with four doubles and two four-baggers. Hillenbrand is 9-29 with three doubles and two homers and Pedro Feliz is 8-27 with two jacks. Ray Durham is only 5-20 against Jennings, but Omar Vizquel is 6-17 with three doubles.

The Edge: Giants
Cain is absolutely owning anyone he faces at the moment. The Giants hope for that to continue not only for the season, but for the future as well. Jennings is also having a good season as the Rockies' ace, but anyone against Cain lately has the under hand.

Game #3: Jason Schmidt (11-8, 3.45) vs. Aaron Cook (9-14, 4.23)
If the Giants have any hopes of getting to the playoffs this season, they will need their ace to step up like he did for them earlier. After skipping a start, hopefully Schmidt will be coming back as his old self against a team he's done well against. Vinny Castilla is only 9-55 with a double, a jack and ten strikeouts against Schmidt and Helton is 12-51 with three doubles and three four-baggers. Holliday is 8-24 with two doubles and two homers and Brad Hawpe is 3-15.

Cook was in a pitching duel against Cain in his last start, but eventually gave it up against Cain's brilliance. Bonds is 11-23 with two doubles and a jack against Cook, and Durham is 9-22 with three doubles and a homer. Feliz is only 5-20 with three punchouts, but Vizquel is 7-14 with a triple and four-bagger and Alou is 6-14 with a homerun.

The Edge: Giants
The Giants knocked Cook around when they last saw him, and their career numbers against him are really good, to say the least. Hopefully after skipping a start, Schmidt will be back to his dominating self for the Giants.

Closing it Out: Mike Stanton (7, 3.96) vs. Brian Fuentes (26, 3.55)
Stanton has not had an opportunity to record any saves for the Giants lately, but many can agree that he has been valuable for the Giants by taking over the important closer role. Helton is 5-11 against Stanton. Castilla and Carroll are both 1-4.

Fuentes recorded a save against the Giants the last time these teams met. Finley is just 4-15 with a double, a triple and a jack against Fuentes. Bonds is 8-10 with two doubles and two homeruns and Feliz is 3-10 with a double and three strikeouts. Hillenbrand is only 1-8 and Durham is 1-6.

The Edge: Tied
Although Fuentes is have a great season, Stanton is looking to be really solid whenever he's on the mound for the Giants, too. The Giants won't have to cringe when the ninth inning comes around in a small lead anymore this season.



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