|SAN DIEGO ( CASHNER )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )
|963||SAN DIEGO||+155||Ov 7.5,-105||+145||Ov 7.5,+105|
|964||SAN FRANCISCO||-165||Un 7.5,-115||-155||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-7||-3||5-4||4.0||0.265||0.334||5.3||0.300||0.373|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+1.5||5-2||5.0||0.270||0.339||4.0||0.262||0.349|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-1||+2||1-3||4.2||0.286||0.321||1.5||0.180||0.237|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||3-4||4.6||0.268||0.324||5.1||0.261||0.315|
|4/6/2013||ROSS(R)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||3-6||L||130||11 un||U||8||7||1||8||7||0|
|4/7/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||1-9||L||130||10.5 un||U||9||7||1||15||6||0|
|4/9/2013||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||9-3||W||+115||7 un||O||11||9||1||10||9||0|
|4/10/2013||STULTS(L)||LA DODGERS||BILLINGSLEY(R)||3-4||L||+110||7 ov||P||11||10||0||13||12||0|
|4/11/2013||MARQUIS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-3||L||+145||7 ov||U||8||8||0||11||12||1|
|4/14/2013||RICHARD(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||1-2||L||+100||8 un||U||2||5||0||3||7||0|
|4/15/2013||STULTS(L)||@ LA DODGERS||BILLINGSLEY(R)||6-3||W||155||6.5 un||O||9||8||0||12||9||1|
|4/16/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||9-2||W||165||7 ov||O||15||10||0||4||7||0|
|4/17/2013||ROSS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||7-2||W||230||6.5 un||O||13||12||0||10||14||1|
|4/19/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-3||L||200||7 ev||U||5||3||0||10||9||0|
|4/20/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|4/26/2013||RICHARD(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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)||2-7||L||-110||7.5 un||O||7||7||0||8||2||1|
|4/19/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-2||W||-220||7 ev||U||10||9||0||5||3||0|
|4/20/2013||LINCECUM(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|4/21/2013||ZITO(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|4/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Giants Preview* =======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
San Diego (5-11) at San Francisco (10-7), 9:05 p.m. EDT
It appears all the San Francisco Giants needed to get back on track was a visit from the San Diego Padres.
Looking to build on a thrilling walkoff win, the Giants try to continue their recent success against the Padres as these NL West rivals play the second of three Saturday night.
After suffering a three-game sweep at Milwaukee, San Francisco (10-7) returned home to beat San Diego 3-2 in Friday's series opener. Angel Pagan came through with a game-ending double with one out in the ninth inning, sending the Giants to their fourth consecutive home win.
"It's one of those situations you want to be the guy," Pagan said. "I wanted to be in that situation. I wanted to get the hit. We needed that win after getting swept in Milwaukee."
San Francisco improved to 24-9 over the last 33 matchups in the series, including a 13-4 mark at home while posting a 2.35 ERA.
The Giants now turn to Tim Lincecum (1-0, 5.63 ERA), who after allowing six runs in as many innings against Colorado on April 9, gave up a pair of two-run homers in the first Sunday in a 10-7 road win over the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander went on to throw four scoreless frames before being removed.
"It just comes down to focus, executing your pitches when you need to. I could have ended that inning with two runs maybe. I guess I just didn't focus the way I should have," he said.
"I didn't have a good rhythm. Everything seemed a little off, especially with the offspeed pitch. After that I kind of settled down and everything started working again."
While opponents are hitting just .217 against Lincecum, he's walked 12 in 16 innings.
Lincecum had gone 10-4 with a 1.84 ERA over his first 19 starts against the Padres (5-11) before getting hit hard in each of the last three. He's 0-1 with a 7.02 ERA over that stretch despite striking out 20 in 16 2-3 innings.
Yonder Alonso is 1 for 12 with five strikeouts against Lincecum. Chase Headley, though, is 7 for 20 with two home runs since the start of 2010.
Headley, who made his season debut Wednesday after missing the first 14 games due to a broken left thumb, went 1 for 3 with a homer and two RBIs on Friday. Alonso, Jedd Gyorko, Kyle Blanks and Nick Hundley - the team's 5-6-7-8 hitters - however, were a combined 0 for 13.
San Diego gives the ball to Clayton Richard (0-1, 5.28), who's compiled a 1.64 ERA over his last two starts. The left-hander gave up two hits and overcome four walks to throw six scoreless innings in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Colorado.
"You'd like to see a solid pitching effort supported by enough runs to get by, but our offense couldn't get going," manager Bud Black told MLB's official website.
Richard is 6-4 with a 3.29 ERA in his last 11 outings versus San Francisco. He had dropped three consecutive starts in the series before surrendering one unearned run and five hits over eight innings of a 7-1 victory Aug. 19.
Richard has struggled against Buster Posey, who's 6 for 17 with a homer in their matchups. While the reigning NL MVP went 1 for 2 with an RBI on Friday, he's batting .150 over his last seven games.
"It's a matter of keep on grinding and keep working," he said.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 6:16:06 PM EST|