The San Francisco Giants will visit Surprise Stadium to pay a visit to their 2014 World Series opponent Kansas City Royals. Derrick Rodriguez will take the mound for his 2nd start of the Spring today. In the Giants Spring Training opener, Rodriguez pitched just 2/3 of the first inning and allowed 2 runs off 1 hit with 2 strikeouts and 1 walk. Rodriguez faces the Royals for the first time in his career today, he has only faced former Phillie Maikiel Franco. Franco is 1-5 against Rodriguez in his career.
Former Chicago Cub Mike Montgomery will make his Royals Spring Training debut. Montgomery was traded by the Cubs to the Royals for catcher Martin Maldonaldo at the end of last season, Montgomery was 3-9 last year for Chicago in 33 games (13 starts) with a 4.95 ERA and had 69 strikeouts in 91 innings. He didn't face the Giants last year at all but in his career is 0-1 in 5 appearances (3 starts) with a 4.57 ERA.
First pitch is at 12:05pm
San Francisco is glad to see Johnny Cueto ahead of schedule after missing most of last season to Tommy John surgery. Cueto managed to pitched 4 games last season and had a 13 strikeouts in 16 innings. Tonight he faces the Rockies for the first time since 2017 in his Spring Training debut, he went 2-1 against them that year. Cueto struck out 20 Rockies batters in 23.2 innings with a 4.18 ERA in 4 starts.
The Rockies are sending out right hander Antonio Senzatela to face the Giants in tonight's game. Last season the Venzezula native was 11-11 in 25 starts and had just 76 strikeouts in
124.2 innings with a 6.71 ERA. The 25 year old right hander took the loss in his only start last year against the Giants. He tossed 4.2 innings and allowed 7 runs off 8 hits with 3 strikeouts and walked 1 batter. Senzatela was bothered by blisters at the beginning of the season and spent time in Albuquerque as well.
First pitch is at 6:05pm