The Colorado Rockies (2-3) offense responded in a big way after being shutout for the first time during the 2012 MLB season on Monday, registering a 17-8 blowout victory over the San Francisco Giants (1-4) on Wednesday night inside Coors Field.
Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Giants as minus-122 road favorites for the series finale on Thursday afternoon between National League West rivals, while the total has jumped up to 10.
Surprisingly enough, San Francisco is averaging 5.80 runs in its first five games, scoring four-or-more runs in each contest. Total bettors will find that the "over" has cashed in four of those five contests.
The Giants have managed to homer in all five games this year, which is surprising due to the club ranking 22nd in the majors in that category a year ago with just 121 round trippers.
Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will make his second start of the young season, picking up a 5-4 road loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 7. He allowed four runs and seven hits over four innings in that effort.
The left-hander has a losing 2-3 mark and 2.05 ERA in seven career starts versus the Rockies, issuing just nine walks and collecting 33 strikeouts in 44 innings of work. In three outings at Coors Field, the 22-year-old is 1-2 with a 3.50 ERA, as opposing hitters are batting .316 against him.
Bumgarner will be in search of his first-ever April victory, coming in with an 0-4 record and 6.59 ERA in six starts during the month.
Bettors will find that the Giants are 0-6 in their last six tries as a road favorite.
Colorado is looking to turn the tables against San Francisco this year, as it dropped 13 of 18 meetings during the 2011 season.
The Rockies have tallied a 30-23 record in April over the last two-plus seasons, but have gone 67-81 versus division opponents over the same time period.
Jamie Moyer (0-1, 5.40 ERA) heads out to the mound for his second start, dropping a 7-3 road decision to the Houston Astros on April 7. He surrendered four runs (three earned) and five hits over five frames.
The 49-year-old left-hander will be making his 13th career start against the Giants, producing a 4-7 record and 3.52 ERA, but hasn't faced them since losing a 6-2 road effort on April 27, 2010.
Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa could help the veteran pick up his first victory of the year, as the Rockies are 5-1 in their last six games with him behind the dish.
Weather forecasts in the Denver area are expecting game-time highs in the mid-60s, with 10-15 mph winds out of the west-northwest direction (left to right). The "over" was 3-1 in that situation at Coors Field in 2011.