|SAN FRANCISCO ( VOGELSONG )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( FELDMAN )
|901||SAN FRANCISCO||-125||Ov 8,-115||-130||Ov 8,-105|
|902||CHICAGO CUBS||+115||Un 8,-105||+120||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-2||+0.7||4-1||4.2||0.264||0.337||5.8||0.240||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||5-2||5.0||0.289||0.355||4.4||0.230||0.309|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-3||+0.4||3-3||3.7||0.218||0.268||4.0||0.231||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||3-4||2.9||0.200||0.246||4.3||0.242||0.325|
|4/1/2013||CAIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-4||L||140||6 un||U||4||3||0||7||7||0|
|4/2/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-0||W||100||7 un||U||10||5||0||2||2||2|
|4/3/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||5-3||W||120||7 ov||O||6||1||1||7||12||2|
|4/5/2013||ZITO(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||1-0||W||-115||7.5 ov||U||6||11||0||3||4||1|
|4/6/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||3-6||L||-120||7 un||O||7||8||0||11||6||0|
|4/7/2013||CAIN(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-14||L||-130||6.5 ev||O||10||6||2||15||6||0|
|4/8/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-2||W||-180||7 un||U||8||4||1||6||7||0|
|4/11/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|4/12/2013||CAIN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/1/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||3-1||W||115||7 un||U||6||5||1||3||6||1|
|4/3/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||0-3||L||120||6.5 ov||U||2||5||1||6||6||0|
|4/4/2013||WOOD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||MCDONALD(R)||3-2||W||135||7 ev||U||3||3||1||4||4||0|
|4/5/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||1-4||L||185||7.5 un||U||5||1||1||6||9||0|
|4/6/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||5-6||L||160||7.5 un||O||13||12||0||12||8||1|
|4/7/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||1-5||L||120||7 un||U||5||7||1||6||6||1|
|4/11/2013||FELDMAN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|4/12/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/13/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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.
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Cubs Preview* =====================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
San Francisco (5-3) at Chicago (3-5), 2:20 p.m. EDT
The San Francisco Giants have started to pick up steam thanks to an impressive performance at the plate.
While they may need to battle the elements, a visit to Wrigley Field isn't likely to cool them off.
Seeking a fourth consecutive win, the Giants look to continue their recent success against the Chicago Cubs as these teams open a four-game set Thursday afternoon.
After hitting .224 and scoring 15 runs during a 3-3 start, San Francisco (6-3) found its offense during a three-game sweep of Colorado. The Giants hit .365 and outscored the Rockies 23-8, including Wednesday's 10-0 win.
Buster Posey and Andres Torres both went 3 for 5 and drove in a combined five runs for San Francisco, which went 7 for 18 with runners in scoring position.
"The boys came out swinging," winning pitcher Barry Zito said. "They were starting to click on all cylinders offensively, which was great because a lot of people underestimate our offense. And days like today really show what we can offer."
The Giants are surely feeling good about their chances of keeping things going against the Cubs (3-5), who have hit .210 while dropping seven of eight in the series. San Francisco has also won eight of 13 at Wrigley while going 36 for 124 (.290) in RBI situations.
Batting .198 thus far, Chicago had been outscored 22-11 during a four-game skid before breaking through with a combined five runs in the seventh and eighth innings in Tuesday's 6-3 win over Milwaukee. David DeJesus had three hits and combined with Anthony Rizzo for four RBIs.
"It is very exciting to come back and win," Scott Hairston said. "I think throughout the season we will learn that we can come back no matter what the score is."
While the Cubs were looking forward to building on their come-from-behind effort, Wednesday's series finale was postponed due to inclement weather.
"I think you always want to keep playing after you win, and you had a little momentum," manager Dale Sveum told MLB's official website. "Guys had some good at-bats. So it's not one of those things where you don't want to play. But there was nothing you could do about today. I don't even know if it's football weather."
Chicago gives the ball to Scott Feldman (0-1, 7.71 ERA), who gave up four runs, five hits and four walks before being removed with two outs in the fifth inning of Friday's 4-1 loss at Atlanta in his Cubs debut.
"He threw a lot of pitches that were uncompetitive pitches," Sveum said. "He was managing to get through a night where he didn't have much command of anything."
Feldman went 0-3 with a 5.54 ERA over four games - two starts - against the Giants while with Texas. Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence are a combined 8 for 18 off the right-hander.
The Giants counter with Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 8.44), who was also knocked around in season debut. The right-hander surrendered five runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings of Saturday's 6-3 loss to St. Louis.
"I just didn't make enough pitches," he said. "It's what it comes down to. I didn't feel like I pitched terrible. It was just one of those days."
Vogelsong, though, is 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA over his last four starts against the Cubs. He'll need to be wary of Alfonso Soriano, who's gone 5 for 12 with a homer in their matchups.
Chicago's Nate Schierholtz, who spent the first five-plus seasons of his career with San Francisco before being sent to Philadelphia in the Pence trade in July, faces his former club for the first time. The right fielder is batting .304 with a team-leading five runs.
|Last Updated: 4/27/2017 4:07:06 AM EST|