Colorado will get its second look of the season at Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Saturday in a matchup against Eddie Butler.
The Rockies tagged Bumgarner early in his May 6 start, scoring four runs (two earned) in the second inning, although they ended up losing the game, 6-4, as the Colorado bats fell silent for the rest of the game.
Bumgarner has been effective despite a drop in velocity by over a full mile per hour on his fastball. He is currently sixth among qualified pitchers with a 2.17 ERA and 10th with 10.45 strikeouts per nine innings. He's been especially effective during May, featuring a 0.98 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over five starts.
Things to know about this game
• Despite playing on division rivals, few Rockies have seen Bumgarner many times. DJ LeMahieu (3-for-26) and Nolan Arenado (6-for-28) have struggled against the lefty, while Carlos Gonzales (11-for-36) has hit better than his career .290 average against Bumgarner.
• Butler had perhaps the best start of his career against the Giants on May 8, pitching six shutout innings with a career-high six strikeouts, while allowing four hits and two walks.
• Going into Friday, the Rockies had allowed the fewest home runs (12) in May. The Giants had allowed the second-fewest (19).
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.