|SAN FRANCISCO ( ZITO )|
SAN DIEGO ( STULTS )
|911||SAN FRANCISCO||-110||Ov 7,-125||-110||Ov 7.5,-105|
|912||SAN DIEGO||+100||Un 7,+105||+100||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-2||+2.6||3-4||4.4||0.285||0.311||2.3||0.203||0.252|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||0||2-5||3.1||0.250||0.286||2.4||0.209||0.263|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-5||-1.1||3-4||3.3||0.222||0.272||4.3||0.243||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||2-5||1.4||0.200||0.255||3.6||0.229||0.283|
|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)||1-2||L||-105||7 un||U||7||6||0||6||6||0|
|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||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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)||0-5||L||120||7.5 ov||U||6||6||0||8||4||0|
|4/26/2013||CASHNER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||2-1||W||-105||7 un||U||6||6||0||7||6||0|
|4/27/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||MARQUIS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|5/2/2013||STULTS(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Padres Preview* =======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
San Francisco (13-9) at San Diego (6-15), 8:40 p.m. EDT
Barry Zito's first road start of the season was one to forget but he rebounded nicely last weekend against the San Diego Padres.
Zito will seek to duplicate that effort when he faces the Padres again Saturday night and try to earn his first win at Petco Park in nearly five years while helping the Giants avoid their longest road losing streak since 2010.
Zito (3-1, 3.42 ERA) had his nine-game win streak dating back to last season snapped April 16 when he was tagged for nine runs in 2 2-3 innings in a 10-8 defeat in Milwaukee. In his following start Sunday, he scattered five singles over seven innings in a 5-0 win over San Diego.
"If you let outings bleed into the next one, that's when things kind of go bad, so you just have to stick with your approach," Zito said after earning only his second win in his last 13 starts against the Padres.
The left-hander was 1-7 with a 6.24 ERA in his 12 previous outings against San Diego (7-15) and is 0-3 with a 7.28 ERA in his last six at Petco Park. He hasn't earned a win there since Aug. 2, 2008.
Zito hasn't made it through the fifth inning in four of his last six starts in San Diego and gave up four runs over four frames in his most recent game there, an 8-7 win for the Giants (13-10) on Aug. 18.
Just as he did this past Sunday, Zito will once again pitch opposite Eric Stults (2-2, 4.70), who gave up a season-high five runs over seven innings against San Francisco last weekend.
"(Stults) just got a couple pitches up and out over the plate that they took advantage of," manager Bud Black said. "They bunched some hits together."
The left-hander, however, is 3-0 with a 3.46 ERA in his last four home starts against the Giants, including two last season.
In this outing, he'll face a team that's dropped three straight since a season high-tying four-game win streak that began with a sweep of the Padres. San Francisco fell 2-1 in Friday's series opener after Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso singled in runs in the third inning.
The Giants had runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth, but Huston Street got Brandon Crawford to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game.
The win gave San Diego its first home streak of 2013 and put it on the verge of matching its season-high three consecutive victories April 15-17.
The Padres could get a boost with Kyle Blanks expected to return to the lineup. The outfielder injured his eyelid when he crashed into a wall in San Francisco during Stults' start Sunday and made a pinch-hit appearance in Friday's win.
The Giants, meanwhile, will try to avoid their first four-game losing streak since dropping five straight July 25-30. They're also seeking to avoid their first five-game road skid since May 19-23, 2010.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:31:47 AM EST|