After getting shutout Wednesday afternoon and dropping two of three games to the San Diego Padres, the Colorado Rockies hit the road to face the San Fransisco Giants for a four game series. Continuing without a day off so far in the young season, the Rockies will try to get their offense up to par in a Thursday night matchup. However, it will be a tough task as they face Madison Bumgarner in pitcher-friendly AT&T Park.
So far the top of the lineup for Colorado has gotten off to a slow start, collectively. The trio of Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, and Carlos Gonzalez have hit a combined .209 with only 10 runs batted in through ten games. Manager Bud Black is not concerned with the slow start however, stating “They’re fine, these guys are confident players. They all believe in themselves and in each other. They believe in this team. This is a long haul. I think there is nothing to worry about.”
One player who loves hitting at AT&T Park is Nolan Arenado, he owns a .303 batting average with eight home runs and 25 RBIs over 32 games played in the city by the bay. He looks to continue that trend against one of the top pitchers in the league in Bumgarner in hopes that it will spark the other hitters in the lineup to produce more quality at bats and getting runners on base.
The Rockies have relied heavily on their pitching through the first two weeks of the season and will counter with ace Jon Gray on the hill. Coming into Thursdays matchup, Gray, has a 0-0 record with a 5.79 ERA and 8 Ks through his first two starts. Gray has yet to record a quality start and looks to reverse his fortune against the Giants, with a new haircut in tow. The bullpen has been outstanding in 2017 for Colorado, has posted a 1.06 ERA and struck out 28 batters, while scattering seven hits and eight walks. Last years weak link has turned into their biggest asset so far this year and Greg Holland and company will look to continue their early season success.
With a lineup that is supposed to be one of the most dangerous in the majors, the Rockies have yet to break through with any real run production, relying on stellar pitching, guiding them to a 6-4 record, and a crucial early season matchup with a division foe, it could be the real test of whether or not this team is for real.