|SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( VILLANUEVA )
|951||SAN FRANCISCO||-140||Ov 9,-120||-155||Ov 9,-120|
|952||CHICAGO CUBS||+130||Un 9,+100||+145||Un 9,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-2||+1.7||5-1||4.7||0.263||0.342||5.8||0.254||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.5||5-2||5.3||0.298||0.375||4.9||0.246||0.305|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-4||-0.6||4-3||4.0||0.234||0.278||4.4||0.235||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||4-3||3.7||0.233||0.276||4.9||0.249||0.337|
|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)||7-6||W||-130||8 un||O||9||10||2||12||6||2|
|4/12/2013||CAIN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|4/13/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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)||6-7||L||+120||8 un||O||12||6||2||9||10||2|
|4/12/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/13/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
San Francisco (6-3) at Chicago (3-5), 2:20 p.m. EDT
Matt Cain probably can't wait to take the mound and move on from one of the worst starts of his career.
The right-hander looks to bounce back and help the San Francisco Giants to a fifth consecutive victory while trying to continue their recent success against the Chicago Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field.
Cain (0-1, 8.38 ERA) pitched six scoreless innings of a 4-0 opening day defeat at Dodger Stadium on April 1, but couldn't complete four frames and was roughed up for nine runs in the fourth of a 14-3 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.
"In general, baseball has a way of humbling guys," Cain told the Giants' official website. "The baseball gods find a way to even it out."
He threw 66 pitches while matching a career high for runs allowed.
"It just kind of fell apart," Cain said. "I don't know that they changed anything. I just started making some bad pitches and they put good swings (together)."
Cain is 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 13 starts versus Chicago, but allowed five runs in five innings at Wrigley on Sept. 2.
San Francisco (7-3) rallied from a two-run deficit to win 7-5 that day and trailed 5-0 at Chicago on Thursday before taking advantage of some poor Cubs' defense to win 7-6.
Angel Pagan had a go-ahead sacrifice fly after pitcher Ryan Vogelsong walked with the bases loaded to tie it the game in fifth. Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run double and rookie second baseman Nick Noonan had three hits for the Giants, who have totaled 30 runs and 47 hits in winning four straight since Cain's rough outing.
"This team's got a lot of fight. We try to go out and win every game," said Sergio Romo, who has converted all six save chances. "We believe we can win every game, understanding that it's hard to do, but we try."
Ex-Cub Pagan is batting .400 (10 for 25) during a six-game hitting streak. He's batted .333 (12 for 36) while hitting safely in nine straight against his former team.
Sandoval is batting .421 (8 for 19) with six RBIs during a five-game hitting streak.
Former Giant Nate Schierholtz had three hits and Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer for Chicago (3-6), which has dropped five of six.
Shortstop Starlin Castro had two hits but also committed a key error during San Francisco's four-run fourth inning. Starting pitcher Scott Feldman also was slow to cover first base on a ground ball hit to the right side in the same frame.
"You spend hours and hours on it for 45 days of spring training and then to have the lapses in games when it counts," said Cubs manager Dale Sveum, whose team has committed 10 errors.
With two hits Thursday, Chicago catcher Welington Castillo is batting .400 (10 for 25) in seven games this season.
Schierholtz is 6 for 12 in his last three.
Scheduled Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva gave up a solo homer and struck out six in 6 2-3 innings but was a victim of a bullpen meltdown in Saturday's 6-5 loss at Atlanta.
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 13 games versus San Francisco, but his only start against the Giants came in 2008 when he yielded two runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 13-4 win for Milwaukee.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 4:11:02 AM EST|