Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cain, De La Rosa square off in series finale

The Giants and Rockies send a pair of veteran southpaws to the hill for Thursday's series finale as Matt Cain takes on Jorge De La Rosa. Though De La Rosa is off to a slow start and hasn't pitched more than four innings in his previous two starts, he is the all-time wins leader at Coors Field, with a 48-17 record and a 4.25 ERA. Cain is 6-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 15 games and 89 innings pitched in Colorado.
Three Things to Know
• Charlie Blackmon is a career .353 hitter (6-for-17) against Cain, with a double, a homer, two RBIs and two steals. He has not fared so well against the rest of the Giants staff, hitting them for a combined .257 (48-for-187) with six home runs and 25 RBIs throughout his career.
• Hunter Pence has been a tough out for De La Rosa, hitting him at a .318 (7-for-22) clip over the course of their career match-ups, with two doubles, two homers, and seven RBIs. The Giants played .673 ball (35-17) in games Pence started last season, as opposed to playing at a .445 pace (49-61) when he did not. The Giants remain successful with Pence in the lineup, playing 6-2 ball through his first eight games this season.
• Buster Posey has missed the first two games of the series, but he has the highest batting average of any active player at Coors Field, starting the series as a career .396 hitter (67-169) in Colorado.

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