SAN DIEGO -- The San Francisco Giants head for home with their sails filled following a nifty road trip in which they went 7-0.
However, the next three games are against the powerful Chicago Cubs. And the Giants' starting pitchers the next two days are cause for concern.
Jake Peavy starts Friday, and he will take a 7.43 ERA into the game.
After that is Matt Cain, and yep, he really is winless in his five decisions this year.
Even so, manager Bruce Bochy is looking forward to the two former aces taking the mound.
"Peavy and Cain are going to be contributing to our success," Bochy said.
Up until now, that has not been the case.
In games started by the rotation's top three pitchers -- left-hander Madison Bumgarner and right-handers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija -- the Giants are 20-7. In games started by Peavy and Cain, San Francisco is 5-11.
While the numbers are ugly overall for Cain and Peavy, their recent showings have not been as bad.
In Peavy's last outing, he worked six innings, allowing three hits and a run at Arizona.
In Cain's latest start, he pitched seven innings, permitting one run and seven hits against the Diamondbacks.
"What I ask from them is to give us a chance to win," Bochy said. "And we won both those games."
If both those arms can show some life in May, the sizzling Giants could get hotter.
The pair will get the ultimate test in trying to slow the visiting Cubs. Bochy is confident his two veterans are up to the challenge.