Now Comes Another NL West Challenge: Rockies Travel to San Francisco for 3 Games

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Yes, the Rockies have escaped Los Angeles and are now in San Francisco for a three-game visit.

Yes, the Giants are in last place in the NL West.

No, that's no reason for the Rockies to think that rebounding from becoming the first team in history to be the victim of a walk-off loss on three consecutive days in games where a different rookie homered to end each game is going to be easy.

As bad as the Giants have been this year, they have won six out of eight games from the Rockies.

What's more, the three games are being played at what is now known as Oracle Park, which has not been friendly confines for the Rockies. They have lost 14 of their last 19 games in that ballpark, and the Giants bullpen has thrown 26 scoreless innings in the last six games at Oracle Park, allowing only 12 hits and three walks while striking out 35. That includes a 3-2, 18-inning loss by the Rockies on April 12.

The Rockies have been unable to take advantage of the first 10 games in a stretch of 17 consecutive games against NL West opposition, and 20 of 22 games within the division leading up to the All-Star Break. They are 5-5 heading into the Giants' series.

They will be facing one-time Rockies lefthander Drew Pomeranz in the series opener Monday night. That should be a good sign for Charlie Blackmon and Ian Desmond, who have been baseball's most impactful duo against left-handed pitchers this season.

​And did you know:

-- The Giants are 6-0 in series' openers this month.

-- The Rockies last weekend at Dodger Stadium became one of four teams in Major League history to allow three walk-off home runs to rookies in a single season (and the Rockies are the only team that did it in a single three-game weekend series). The other teams were the 2018 Indians, 2009 Giants and 1992 Pirates.

-- The Giants have won or tied six consecutive home series against the Rockies.

-- Nolan Arenado has 97 RBI since his big-league career began on April 28, 2013, the most of any player against a single opponent in that time span.

-- Charlie Blackmon's 26 home runs against a left-handed pitcher since 2017 are the third most among left-handed hitters, trailing Cody Bellinger (28) of the Dodgers and Joey Gallo (27) of the Giants.

Courtesy of Stats, Inc.