|ARIZONA ( CORBIN )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )
|913||ARIZONA||+125||Ov 6.5,-120||+135||Ov 6.5,-105|
|914||SAN FRANCISCO||-135||Un 6.5,+100||-145||Un 6.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-4||+3.8||5-7||5.0||0.272||0.324||3.7||0.256||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||1-6||3.4||0.227||0.270||3.7||0.234||0.292|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-1||+4||2-4||4.5||0.286||0.314||1.7||0.198||0.246|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||3-4||4.0||0.254||0.304||3.9||0.242||0.281|
|4/12/2013||CORBIN(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-0||W||+140||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||6||10||0|
|4/13/2013||KENNEDY(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||5-7||L||-125||8.5 ov||O||11||6||0||14||10||0|
|4/14/2013||CAHILL(R)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||1-0||W||-120||9 ov||U||6||6||0||6||5||0|
|4/16/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||2-4||L||120||9 un||U||8||8||0||12||10||0|
|4/17/2013||MILEY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-4||L||135||7.5 un||U||6||4||0||6||5||1|
|4/18/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||6-2||W||-105||8.5 un||U||13||11||0||7||9||3|
|4/19/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||1-3||L||110||9.5 ev||U||5||4||0||3||3||1|
|4/20/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-4||L||105||9.5 un||U||6||3||2||6||8||0|
|4/21/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||5-4||W||105||10 un||U||8||7||0||9||6||0|
|4/22/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||4-5||L||105||7 un||O||9||5||0||11||6||0|
|4/23/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|4/25/2013||CAHILL(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|4/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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)||5-0||W||-130||7.5 ov||U||8||4||0||6||6||0|
|4/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||CAIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|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 (ARIZONA-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Giants Preview* =============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Arizona (10-9) at San Francisco (13-7), 10:15 p.m. EDT
After watching his team add to its early dominance against division foes, the San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain will attempt to continue his versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.
While trying to bounce back from a rough outing, Cain will also look to lead the Giants to an eighth consecutive home win and a season-high fifth in a row overall Tuesday night as he opposes the red-hot Patrick Corbin.
San Francisco (13-7) improved to 9-1 against the NL West by rallying for a 5-4 victory in Monday's series opener at AT&T Park. Buster Posey hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Brandon Belt singled in the winning run in the ninth.
"There's no quit in this team. I can tell you that," pitcher Ryan Vogelsong said. "We fight `til the last out. It's pretty fun to watch."
Cain (0-2, 7.15 ERA) will try to help his team register its 10th consecutive win against a division foe while earning his first of the season. The right-hander, though, could use a far better performance than in his most recent game.
Cain gave up seven runs - including three two-run homers - in his first three innings Thursday in Milwaukee before making it through the next three unscathed.
"I will say, Cain gave us a gutty effort," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He regrouped and made a nice adjustment. He pitched great the last three innings. But, when you give up three two-run homers, that is hard to overcome."
Cain has alternated between effective and miserable performances in his four starts, but he's been sharp in his last three against Arizona (10-9), going 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA. He yielded four hits and a walk while striking out six over seven innings in the most recent, a 6-0 home win Sept. 26.
Cain, though, might have to outduel Corbin (2-0, 1.42) in this outing. The left-hander continued his excellent start Thursday at New York, giving up a solo homer, a single and three walks while striking out seven over seven innings.
That 6-2 win in 12 innings is one of only two so far on Arizona's nine-game road trip, which concludes Wednesday.
Corbin gave up six runs over three innings in his most recent visit to AT&T Park, a 7-3 loss Sept. 27. He was 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA in his first three starts against the Giants.
Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence each hit two-run homers off Corbin in that September win. Pence is 3 for 8 against Corbin and Posey, who has two homers and five RBIs in the last two games, is 4 for 11.
Wil Nieves is 4 for 6 with two doubles against Cain.
The Giants haven't won eight straight at home since a nine-game streak May 6-22, 2011, which included a sweep over Arizona.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 6:46:27 PM EST|