The Rockies know full well what kind of roll Marco Scutaro can get on. And though the Giants second baseman's hitting streak ended at 19 on Wednesday, there's a strong chance he'll start a new one Friday at AT&T Park, where the Giants and Rockies begin a weekend series.
Scutaro, dealt from Colorado to San Francisco at last year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, went 0-for-3 in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals, but is still batting .464 in his last 20 games.
Colorado's Tyler Chatwood is the next pitcher who has to deal with the pesky professional hitter, as the Rockies right-hander makes his second consecutive start against the Giants. The 23-year-old faced the Giants on Saturday, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a 10-2 victory.
Chatwood's last outing was one of three Colorado victories against the Giants in last weekend's four-game series at Coors Field. Now the Rockies try to continue that success at AT&T Park, where the Giants have won five of their past six.
Righty Tim Lincecum takes the mound Friday looking snap out of a funk against the Rockies that has seen him allow six runs in each of his past two starts against them.
Lincecum has allowed at least five runs in three of his past four starts -- with a seven-inning shutout the other -- as he has dropped three of his last four decisions.
Rockies: Knocking 'em out
• The Rockies have collected 10 or more hits in four of their past seven games. Colorado won each of those and is 18-5 when recording double-digit hits.
• Reliever Rex Brothers has tossed 18 consecutive scoreless innings.
Giants: Righetti to be inducted
• Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti will be inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday. Righetti was 82-79 with a 3.46 ERA in 718 games (89 starts) over a 16-year Major League career.
Tim Brown (Oakland Raiders), Walter A. Haas Jr. (A's) and Brent Jones (San Francisco 49ers) also will be inducted.
• The Giants have 22 homers in 25 games at AT&T Park this season after hitting only 31 at home all of last season.
• Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is a .311 career hitter (14-for-45) against Lincecum.
• San Francisco has committed 14 errors in its past nine games.
• Colorado is in a stretch where it plays 10 straight and 13 of 17 games against division foes.