The Giants are reaching their 2013 low while way up in the Rocky Mountains, and their hosts at Coors Field don't figure to be letting them try to catch their breath in the finale of a three-game set between National League West foes Sunday.
With the Giants reeling, the Rockies will be throwing one of their organization's top young arms at them with left-hander Drew Pomeranz making his first start of 2013. The Giants will counter with another young but more proven lefty in Madison Bumgarner, and they'll be leaning on him to get them on the right track.
The Giants lost their sixth straight game Saturday, marking a season high and their longest losing streak since a seven-game skid June 26-July 2, 2010, so they could use whatever boost Bumgarner might be able to bring.
Bumgarner, who has been the most consistent thing going for the Giants' rotation, has allowed three runs or fewer in his last four starts, holding opponents to a .169 batting average. He took the loss his last time out against the Dodgers, allowing three runs (two earned) in seven innings.
He's returning to the scene of the shortest start of his season, a May 17 effort in which he gave up nine runs (seven earned) in just 4 2/3 innings against the Rockies.
Pomeranz, meanwhile, makes his 2013 debut after starting 22 games for Colorado a year ago but then being left off the Opening Day roster this spring so he could deepen his repertoire before returning to the Majors. He earned a promotion after going 8-1 with a 4.20 ERA in 15 starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
"I realized I need to do what I know is going to make me be successful and I did pretty well the last few times," Pomeranz said. "You start thinking about too much stuff out there on the mound. The simpler the better. Sometimes it's hard to find that way to keep it simple when you're trying to work on things."
Giants: Ready for arms to return
The Giants are looking forward to getting a pair of veteran arms back at their disposal within the next few days as reliever Santiago Casilla and swingman Chad Gaudin work their way back.
Casilla will make his first rehab start with Class A San Jose, and Bochy anticipates having him back by the time the Dodgers come to AT&T Park on Friday.
Gaudin, out since being struck on the right forearm by a liner, had a successful throwing session in Denver, and Bochy said the decision has yet to be made as to whether he'll be in the bullpen or the rotation.
"We'll see where we're at, where we think we get the most value from him," Bochy said. "He's so valuable in both the spots."
Rockies: Cuddyer's streak at 26
Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 26 games Saturday with a first-inning RBI single, continuing not only the longest streak of the year in the Majors but also the longest in Rockies history. Cuddyer also has reached base safely in 45 straight games, also the longest in the Majors this season.
Against Bumgarner, Cuddyer is 3-for-6 with a double in his career, although he did not play in the May game.
• Larry Walker will make an appearance at Coors Field as part of his bobblehead day Sunday, and it's obvious the former outfielder who was part of the Blake Street Bombers has a big fan in Weiss.
"He was one of the best players I've seen, to this day. I played with him for four years and played against him a bunch. It'll be good to see him again. He was a good teammate, great player," Weiss said. "The year he had in '97 [NL MVP] was about as good as it gets. He could do it all. He was one of the most talented players I've ever seen. A carefree guy, a free spirit, he was fun to have on the club."
• The Giants continue an extended road trip with a stop in Cincinnati, where they'll play four games starting Monday.
• The Rockies will host the Dodgers for three games, starting Tuesday and ending July 4.
• The season series is tied at 6-6 heading into Sunday's meeting between NL West foes with a three-game series Aug. 26-28 at Denver and another one Sept. 9-11 at San Francisco remaining.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.