The San Francisco Giants (0-3) and Colorado Rockies (1-2) will open up a three-game National League West series on Monday afternoon inside Coors Field

San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 

The Giants will look to avoid their first-ever 0-4 start since moving to the Bay Area

San Francisco will try to avoid an 0-4 start for the first time since the franchise moved to the Bay Area, as it suffered a three-game sweep to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the desert.  The Giants were unable to hold onto a six-run lead on Sunday, ultimately losing the contest by a 7-6 score.  “They chipped away and we couldn’t add on,” commented Giants manager Bruce Bochy.  “We beat ourselves.”  The franchise has relied heavily on its pitching the last couple years, but the starters have combined to allow 14 runs in just 15 1/3 innings of work through three games.  San Francisco is 57-57 in day games the las two-plus years.

Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito managed to tally a 3-4 record and 5.87 ERA in 13 games last year, as he will look to move past a difficult spring.  The southpaw managed to post a 2-1 mark and 8.01 ERA in six starts, as the team dropped his last three outings.  Zito has pitched very well against the Rockies over the course of this career, going 5-2 with a 2.60 ERA.  Colorado is one of just three NL teams that he has a career ERA of under 3.00 against.

Colorado dropped two of three games in its season-opening series against the Houston Astros inside Minute Maid Park, as the team gets set to open a nine-game homestand in the Mile High City.  The Rockies managed to hit just .198 in their first three games, with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki going 2 for 10 with a home run and three RBIs.  “I’ve always said that pitching dominates at the beginning,” stated Tulowitzki after Sunday’s 3-2 loss.  He will have a tough time contributing in this affair, as he’s just 5 for 37 versus Zito in his career.  Colorado is 61-51 versus left-handed starters the last two-plus seasons.

Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin finished with a losing 11-14 record and 3.62 ERA in 31 starts last year, which includes a 3-2 mark and 2.91 ERA in five April starts.  The right-hander was 6-7 with a 3.57 ERA in 18 home games during the 2011 campaign, surrendering 11 home runs in 113 1/3 innings.  Chacin made seven starts during the Cactus League season, going 1-3 with a 5.81 ERA.  He led the club in wins, starts, innings and strikeouts in his second full season with the franchise.

Bettors will likely back the Giants due to their 4-1 record in Zito’s last five road starts with a total between 9.0-10.5, while the Rockies are 1-7 when opening up a series.

Recommendation: San Francisco Giants +150

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