The Rockies get their first look at the world champion Giants this season when the teams, seemingly the class of the NL West, begin a three-game series at Coors Field on Monday.
Esmil Rogers (2-0, 2.77 ERA) will face Giants ace Tim Lincecum (1-1, 1.86) in the first game. Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0, 7.50) will be activated to start Tuesday -- his cut right thumb cuticle having healed and been tested with an 85-pitch, five-inning effort April 13 in an extended spring training game -- with the Giants starting left-hander Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 3.24).
In that extended spring training game, Jimenez twice hit 97 mph and averaged 94 mph with his fastball. In his lone start this season April 1 in the season-opener against the Diamondbacks, Jimenez hit 95 mph once and was 89-93 mph with his fastball, his velocity less than normal because he was forced to alter his grip on the ball.
Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (2-0, 3.18) will start Wednesday for the Rockies against Matt Cain (2-0, 1.42).
The Rockies went 9-9 against the Giants last season, including 5-4 at Coors Field.
The Rockies are 12-3 this year with the best record in the big leagues. The Giants have rebounded from a 1-4 start and are 8-7, their four-game winning streak ending Sunday with a 6-5 loss in 12 innings at Arizona.
"Obviously, they're the defending world champions," manager Jim Tracy said. "They're off to a very good start. We're a very good baseball team. The pitching matchups, in my opinion, are incredible. It sets up to be a very interesting series, the first three of 18 we play against one another."
The teams also play May 6-8 at San Francisco, May 16-17 at Denver, June 3-5 at San Francisco, Sept. 15-18 at Denver and the final three games scheduled in the regular season Sept. 26-28 at San Francisco.
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