|SAN DIEGO ( STULTS )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( ZITO )
|909||SAN DIEGO||+140||Ov 8,+100||+120||Ov 7.5,-115|
|910||SAN FRANCISCO||-150||Un 8,-120||-130||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-4||-0.1||3-3||3.8||0.228||0.281||4.2||0.241||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+1.5||4-3||4.3||0.257||0.332||3.3||0.248||0.336|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-1||+2||1-3||4.2||0.286||0.321||1.5||0.180||0.237|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||3-4||4.4||0.258||0.322||4.6||0.246||0.305|
|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||CASHNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||0-2||L||140||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||3||2||0|
|4/21/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|4/26/2013||ROSS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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||CASHNER(R)||2-0||W||-150||7.5 un||U||3||2||0||5||7||0|
|4/21/2013||ZITO(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|4/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
San Diego (5-11) at San Francisco (10-7), 4:05 p.m. EDT
With his lengthy undefeated stretch in the past, San Francisco's Barry Zito is poised to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career.
The left-hander looks to regroup and help the Giants complete a three-game sweep of the visiting San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Zito (2-1, 4.86 ERA) did not give up a run in his first two outings, and including the postseason, was in the midst of a 16-start stretch where he went 11-0 with a 2.93 ERA before being tagged for nine runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings of a 10-8 loss at Milwaukee on Tuesday.
"Baseball's kind of a strange game," said Zito, who gave up eight of those runs in the third inning. "I actually felt better (Tuesday) than I did my first two games."
While manager Bruce Bochy agreed with Zito's assessment that his stuff was decent, the veteran pitcher was grateful for his own run of success and is eager to take the mound for San Francisco (11-7) in the series finale.
"It's just important to put the past in the past and come out and not take anything for granted," Zito, who went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA while pitching in all three rounds during the 2012 postseason, told the Giants' official website. "Each day is a new day. That's something I pride myself on, going out (Sunday) and fighting and grinding."
Zito looks to get back on track and improve his 4-9 record and 4.80 ERA in 20 starts against the Padres (5-12).
He'll have a tough task in following up Saturday's effort by teammate Tim Lincecum, who allowed four hits and struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings of a 2-0 win over San Diego.
"(Lincecum's) fastball had good life on it," said San Diego's Chase Headley, who is 2 for 10 in three games since coming of the disabled list with a broken thumb. "When a guy has a split-finger that really dodges the plate and he has a fastball that's riding through the zone, that makes that pitch better."
Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer for one of three hits for the Giants, who haven't scored more than three runs in any of the last four games but have won two straight after being swept in a three-game set at Milwaukee.
San Francisco has won three straight overall versus San Diego and 14 of 18 at home against the Padres.
Sandoval's homer is his only hit in 11 at-bats over three contests since a 10-game hitting streak. He's 6 for 10 with a double and a triple against scheduled Padres starter Eric Stults (2-1, 3.94), but could be rested Sunday after he fouled a ball off his foot.
"I'm fine," Sandoval said.
Stults, who is 3-0 with a 3.67 ERA in his last four starts versus San Francisco, allowed three runs and nine hits over six innings in a 6-3 win at Dodger Stadium on Monday.
"I feel like I made a lot of good pitches," said the left-hander, who also hit a three-run homer.
Everth Cabrera had two hits Saturday for San Diego, which has been held to two runs and 10 hits in two games at San Francisco after totaling 22 and 37 hits during a three-game sweep of Los Angeles this week.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 9:24:40 AM EST|