The good news for Ryan Vogelsong is that his start against Colorado on Saturday will almost surely be better than his last outing against the Rockies. The bad news is, that's not saying much.
Vogelsong (4-3, 3.84 ERA) was rocked at Coors Field on April 21 to the tune of five earned runs on six hits and three walks in just 1 1/3 innings in what ended as an 8-2 loss for the Giants.
Reeling against the team from the Rocky Mountains has been the recent trend for the 36-year-old righty, who is 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA (14 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings) against them.
Opposing Vogelsong on the hill Saturday will be Colorado's Christian Bergman.
Bergman (0-1, 3.00) might have appeared bland in his one career start in the majors last week, but the right-handed rookie says that's just part of his game.
"That [aggressive] mentality goes on inside me but it's not something that you see on the outside," Bergman said. "I would like to appear almost comatose when I'm pitching. I had pitching coaches tell me that, and I guess I could be perceived as bored.
"But the hitter can see how you look out there. But if he can't pull anything from your outward appearance, then there's that feeling of uncertainty. When a guy's mad and frustrated, sometimes the hitter can use that against him -- that a guy is getting outside of his comfort zone.
"I never took acting or drama. But I watched Greg Maddux pitch a lot. He had that bulldog, focused mentality. He wasn't a guy that was outward with his emotions. That's the stuff I try to emulate."
Bergman threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits against the Braves in his Major League debut on Monday.
Giants: Healthy Colvin Making Impact
Asked Thursday to quantify how much healthier he is this season, Tyler Colvin wasn't sure how to respond.
The 28-year-old's six-year career has been marred by injuries. These days, he's healthy enough to play, and that's all that matters to him.
It took Brandon Belt succumbing to the injury bug for Colvin to get the callup from Triple-A Fresno.
He's taken advantage of the opportunity. The left fielder is hitting .250 with one home run and eight RBIs, starting 18 of 33 games since joining the club.
He's cooled down at the plate (eight hits in his last 45 at-bats after starting the season 10-for-27), but his steady play has complicated matters for manager Bruce Bochy, who faces a daily conundrum in left field when Michael Morse plays first.
Bochy is confident and comfortable with both Gregor Blanco and Colvin, two players he sees as similar, contribution-wise.
"He's put together some good years, I think with him it's a matter of staying healthy," Bochy said of Colvin. "He can come off the bench, he gives you good defense too and he's a good base-runner. He's made us a better club and he gives us more options. He's always a threat up there, and that's a good thing."
All it's taken is a clean bill of health.
Rockies: A busted bat put a smile on Morneau's face
Thursday's 10-3 victory against the Braves featured a solo home run by the Rockies' Justin Morneau, and maybe there were some hits left in that bat.
But in the eighth inning, when Braves pitcher David Carpenter hit Corey Dickerson with a pitch as part of a dustup between the teams, Rockies manager Walt Weiss leapt from the dugout to defend Dickerson, earning himself an ejection.
Still steamed, Weiss went straight to the bat rack. Morneau noticed the bat was his. Weiss, a left-handed hitter during his playing career, took a solid left-handed swing and broke the bat against the dugout wall.
"I always keep three bats in the rack, so there was a one-in-three chance he got the bat that I hit a home run with," Morneau said. "But I'll sacrifice it for that fire. I've got a whole bag full of bats."
• The Giants have gone a season-high seven games without hitting a home run.
• Charlie Blackmon has tallied 41 of his 43 RBIs from the leadoff spot, the most in the majors and 14 more than the second place Brian Dozier.
Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.