|SAN FRANCISCO ( ZITO )|
CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )
|NL Division Series - Best of 5 - Game 4 - CIN Leads 2-1|
|927||SAN FRANCISCO||+130||Ov 8,-110||+135||Ov 8,+105|
|928||CINCINNATI||-140||Un 8,-110||-145||Un 8,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-51||-4.2||56-46||4.2||0.263||0.329||4.1||0.245||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||3-4||2.6||0.193||0.271||4.4||0.249||0.296|
|vs Left-handed Starters||33-18||+12.8||21-28||4.6||0.256||0.314||3.6||0.247||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||2-5||3.4||0.222||0.265||1.9||0.194||0.257|
|9/28/2012||VOGELSONG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WERNER(L)||3-1||W||-115||7 ev||U||10||10||2||7||7||1|
|9/29/2012||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-7||L||-125||7 un||O||7||6||1||9||5||0|
|9/30/2012||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-5||W||110||7.5 ev||O||12||8||1||6||4||0|
|10/1/2012||CAIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HARANG(R)||2-3||L||-110||7 un||U||6||5||0||9||8||0|
|10/2/2012||ZITO(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||4-3||W||170||7.5 ov||U||10||4||0||10||7||1|
|10/3/2012||VOGELSONG(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-5||L||180||6.5 un||U||3||5||1||8||4||0|
|10/9/2012||VOGELSONG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||2-1||W||130||7.5 un||U||3||4||0||4||7||1|
|10/10/2012||ZITO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/28/2012||BAILEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||1-0||W||-115||7 un||U||7||4||1||0||1||0|
|9/29/2012||LEAKE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MCPHERSON(R)||1-2||L||-125||8.5 ev||U||7||9||2||8||12||0|
|9/30/2012||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||4-3||W||-150||7.5 un||U||10||7||3||7||7||0|
|10/1/2012||ARROYO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||2-4||L||130||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||9||6||1|
|10/2/2012||LATOS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||CARPENTER(R)||3-1||W||115||7 ov||U||8||7||0||6||6||0|
|10/3/2012||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||0-1||L||-140||7.5 un||U||3||5||0||9||9||1|
|10/6/2012||CUETO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||5-2||W||115||6.5 un||O||9||6||1||7||11||0|
|10/7/2012||ARROYO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||9-0||W||135||7 ev||O||13||5||0||2||5||0|
|10/9/2012||BAILEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||1-2||L||-140||7.5 un||U||4||7||1||3||4||0|
|10/10/2012||LEAKE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Reds Preview* =====================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
San Francisco (94-68) at Cincinnati (97-65), 4:07 p.m. EDT
Barry Zito was left off the postseason roster during San Francisco's run to a World Series title two years ago. Thanks to a strong finish to this season, he'll get a chance to help the Giants stay alive in these playoffs.
In his first postseason game in exactly six years, the veteran left-hander will seek to force a decisive game in the NL division series with another strong outing against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Before this season, it seemed the Giants might reap few benefits from their seven-year, $126 million contract for Zito, who won the 2002 AL Cy Young Award while with Oakland. In his first five seasons with the club, the left-hander was 43-61 with a 4.55 ERA and hadn't won more than 11 games in any campaign, including a 9-14 finish in 2010.
That changed this year as he won 15 games, his most since his final season with the A's in 2006. Zito also finished the regular season on a seven-game win streak and was 5-0 with a 2.35 ERA over his final five outings.
"The last month of the season was great. Just personally I've been able to stay focused and make my pitches and not let things go fast around me," he said. "When the game goes fast is when we have problems out there, keep my focus, pitch\2011to\2011pitch has been productive and it's what I look to do tomorrow night."
With those efforts, Zito beat out two-time NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum for a spot in the Giants' playoff rotation. His start will mark his first postseason appearance since a 5-1 loss in Oakland's AL championship series opener against Detroit on Oct. 10, 2006. He's 4-3 with a 3.25 ERA in seven playoff outings.
"It feels great because being a player in the major leagues we want to help our team the best we can. It was tough in 2010 watching the boys go all the way and not being able to help out with that. So part of the team camaraderie is wanting to contribute," Zito said.
The Giants have won the past 11 games in which Zito has pitched but have lost in each of his last four appearances against the Reds. He did his part in two matchups this season by allowing one run and five hits over six innings in each but only got a combined two runs of support.
The Giants don't appear poised to give Zito much help again as they've scored four runs over the three games of this series and are batting .126. They've also failed to generate early hits in the last two contests but managed to stave off elimination Tuesday with a 2-1 win in 10 innings.
After getting shut out in Game 2, San Francisco didn't get its first hit Tuesday until two outs in the sixth inning. The Giants, though, did enough to keep the Reds at bay and Buster Posey scored the go-ahead run when Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen, an eight-time Gold Glove winner, mishandled Joaquin Arias' two-out grounder.
"I think we have to be really happy that we came away with this win tonight because we didn't swing the bats very well at all," Posey said.
While Zito will make a long-awaited playoff start, the Reds haven't officially decided who will be on the mound to open Game 4. Johnny Cueto, a 19-game winner, is still dealing with spasms in his back and right oblique, which limited him to eight pitches in Saturday's series opener.
Manager Dusty Baker indicated his two likely options for Wednesday were Mat Latos or Mike Leake. Cincinnati is seeking its first home win in the postseason and first trip to the NL championship series since 1995.
Latos helped the Reds survive Cueto's early exit by yielding only Posey's solo homer and three other hits over four innings Saturday. He's 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in two starts against the Giants this season and has given up a combined three runs over his last four overall appearances, spanning 24 innings.
Leake is not currently on Cincinnati's playoff roster and the Reds would have to remove Cueto for him to join. Cueto then would have to sit out the NLCS.
"It's very difficult, but it all depends if your ace can't go or whatever it is," Baker said. "So you have to go with the healthy bodies. You hate missing, that's part of the consideration, you know, is us going without (Cueto). We realize what's at stake and that's part of the decision, if we think he's going to be able to go in the next series."
Leake is 3-0 with a 0.77 ERA over his last three starts against the Giants and gave up one run and nine hits during a complete-game victory June 29 in San Francisco.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:41:32 AM EST|