|SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )|
MILWAUKEE ( GALLARDO )
|951||SAN FRANCISCO||-125||Ov 8,-110||-110||Ov 7.5,+100|
|952||MILWAUKEE||+115||Un 8,-110||+100||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-5||+0.3||7-4||5.0||0.266||0.336||5.6||0.265||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||4-3||6.3||0.289||0.356||4.7||0.276||0.332|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-4||-1.4||5-2||3.7||0.247||0.307||5.1||0.286||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||4-3||4.0||0.250||0.308||4.9||0.256||0.304|
|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)||3-4||L||-140||9.5 ov||U||7||4||0||10||8||0|
|4/13/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-2||W||-115||8 ov||U||9||7||1||7||7||0|
|4/14/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||10-7||W||-110||9.5 un||O||13||8||0||9||6||0|
|4/16/2013||ZITO(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||8-10||L||105||8.5 ov||O||12||9||0||12||5||1|
|4/17/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-4||L||115||8.5 un||U||6||5||1||9||7||0|
|4/18/2013||CAIN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|4/19/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|4/20/2013||LINCECUM(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|4/21/2013||ZITO(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|4/8/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||7-4||W||105||9.5 un||O||12||12||1||9||7||0|
|4/9/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||3-6||L||-105||7.5 un||O||9||10||1||9||8||3|
|4/12/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||0-2||L||135||7.5 un||U||2||4||0||6||3||0|
|4/13/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-8||L||155||7.5 un||O||4||4||1||10||3||0|
|4/14/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||4-3||W||145||8 ev||U||12||9||1||8||7||1|
|4/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||10-8||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||12||5||1||12||9||0|
|4/17/2013||LOHSE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||4-3||W||-125||8.5 un||U||9||7||0||6||5||1|
|4/18/2013||GALLARDO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/19/2013||ESTRADA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/20/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|4/22/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|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.
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Brewers Preview* ========================
By MATT BECKER STATS Editor
San Francisco (9-5) at Milwaukee (4-8), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Milwaukee Brewers staff ace Yovani Gallardo has put together three subpar outings.
His worst moment of the season, however, came on a day he didn't pitch.
Two days after he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge with a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit, Gallardo is scheduled to take the ball as the Brewers try to sweep the visiting San Francisco Giants in Thursday's finale.
A motorist reported seeing a driver repeatedly swerving between lanes about 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and deputies spotted Gallardo driving alone at 40 mph in a 55-mph zone. Authorities say a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08, and the reading was matched by a second breath test following his arrest.
In Wisconsin, first-offense drunken driving is a citation, not a misdemeanor or felony charge. Milwaukee County sheriff's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said Gallardo faces nearly $800 in fines for drunken driving and for unsafe driving.
Prior to Tuesday's opener, Gallardo apologized for his actions.
"I made a bad decision," he said. "I made a mistake and I'm sure I lost a lot of respect from the fans and I just want to apologize to the fans, my teammates, my family.
"Like I said, it's just a bad call. Something I shouldn't have done. I regret it. ... It's just ... it's not very easy. It's one of those things ... I truly am sorry."
On the mound, Gallardo (0-1, 6.61 ERA) hasn't much resembled the pitcher that won 16 games last season. He gave up six runs over 5 1-3 innings in Saturday's 8-0 loss to St. Louis, and opponents are batting .371 off him.
He's also not fooling many batters, striking out three in each of his three starts - an average of 5.0 per nine innings. From 2009-12, Gallardo recorded four straight 200-strikeout seasons and ranked fourth in the majors with an average of 9.4 per nine innings.
A matchup with the Giants might be what Gallardo needs to get things turned around.
In six starts against San Francisco since 2009, the right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.91 ERA - tied for his lowest ERA against any team.
The Giants (9-6) arrived in Milwaukee winners of six of seven but have dropped the first two with the Brewers (5-8), who had just two victories in their previous 10 games.
Milwaukee won 4-3 Wednesday on Blake Lalli's pinch-hit single with one out in the ninth, scoring Josh Prince from third. Prince got to third on an ill-advised, off-balance throw by shortstop Brandon Crawford in an attempt to get Carlos Gomez out at first two batters earlier.
"He didn't have a shot there," manager Bruce Bochy said of Crawford's decision.
Seeking their first home sweep over the Giants since 2008, the Brewers go up against Matt Cain (0-1, 5.94), whose 5.56 ERA in five starts at Miller Park is his second-worst at any NL ballpark.
Cain, who had the majors' third-best home ERA last year at 2.03, has been solid in his two road starts this season, posting a 1.38 ERA while striking out 14 in 13 innings. At Wrigley Field on Friday, the righty gave up two runs on a pair of homers over seven innings in a game the Cubs rallied to win 4-3.
Ryan Braun is batting .364 with a double and triple in 22 at-bats versus Cain, but the Milwaukee slugger is 1 for 18 with 11 strikeouts in his last five games.
San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval, who is batting .350 with 12 RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak, is 2 for 15 lifetime against Gallardo.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:53:51 PM EST|