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After a disappointing opening weekend in Arizona, the Giants turn to Barry Zito to pick up their first win on the season. Oh, it’s in Colorado?
The Giants will turn to Tim Lincecum again on Wednesday to pick up their first plausible win of the season.
I’m kidding of course, Zito has a good chance of winning this game because a) the Giants have averaged almost five runs per game so far, b) Coors field likes hitters (a lot) and c) Zito has ownage over the Rockies best hitter and Bay Area native, Troy Tulowitzki.
In 37 at-bats against the lefty Zito, Tulowitzki has only five hits, including one home run, two RBI and eight strikeouts. What is more impressive is the lone walk Zito has issued to Tulowitzki.
As for the rest of the Rockies lineup, Zito will have to hope his supposed “new mechanics” can shut them down for at least five innings.
Carlos Gonzalez is a hitter to watch on the Rockies side as he has hit well against Zito (8 hits in 19 at-bats) in the past but so far this season, has started slowly with just three hits in 13 at-bats with three strikeouts).
As for the Giants, the hitter to watch is Pablo Sandoval. He leads the Giants with four RBI in just three games, and holds a career .977 OPS at Coors Field. Not to mention his success against Jhoulys Chacin – six for 12 including a double, triple and home run.
The pitcher I really want to see is good Ol’ Jamie Moyer. It’s incredible to still be playing major league baseball when your age is over 40. Pitchers today who last longer than 35 years old and still be effective in the big leagues are a rare sight to see.
Moyer is 49 years old, coming off a 2011 season recovering from an injury and he is the #2 starter for the Colorado Rockies. Entering his 25th season in the big leagues, Moyer is certainly an inspiration for every young pitcher in baseball.
Let’s hope the Giants keep the run production up and the runs allowed down as they prepare to face the mile-high city.