|SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )|
ARIZONA ( KENNEDY )
|911||SAN FRANCISCO||-105||Ov 8.5,+105||-105||Ov 8,+100|
|912||ARIZONA||-105||Un 8.5,-125||-105||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-9||-2.6||9-8||4.1||0.254||0.322||4.8||0.249||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.2||4-3||4.0||0.259||0.292||4.1||0.244||0.307|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-5||+4.8||6-8||4.9||0.263||0.316||3.8||0.262||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||2-4||3.7||0.242||0.305||3.3||0.264||0.310|
|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)||7-8||L||100||7.5 un||O||11||5||2||14||11||2|
|4/28/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-6||L||-125||7.5 ov||O||10||9||0||9||7||0|
|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||ZITO(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/4/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)|| |
|5/5/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|5/6/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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)||6-4||W||130||6.5 ev||O||10||8||0||12||7||3|
|4/24/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-2||W||145||7 un||U||8||10||0||8||10||1|
|4/25/2013||CAHILL(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-2||W||-135||9 un||U||8||5||1||6||10||1|
|4/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||CAHILL(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|5/1/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|5/3/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|5/5/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|5/6/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Diamondbacks Preview* =============================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
San Francisco (13-11) at Arizona (14-10), 9:40 p.m. EDT
While Matt Cain is looking to end his longest season-opening drought in five years, the San Francisco Giants are trying to avoid their longest losing streak in almost three.
That might be a difficult task against Ian Kennedy, who hasn't lost to the Giants in nine straight starts.
Cain and the defending World Series champs will try to snap a five-game losing streak on Monday night when they open a three-game series against Kennedy and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
After a 9-4 start, slumping San Francisco (13-12) dropped its eighth in 12 games with a 6-4 loss at San Diego on Sunday.
"We haven't been playing so well," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We've been making mistakes that have hurt us in this little streak we are in."
The Giants haven't lost six in a row since suffering seven straight defeats from June 26-July 2, 2010, and turn to Cain to get them back on track.
Cain (0-2, 6.59 ERA), though, is still searching for his first victory after pitching inconsistently over his first five starts. It's the longest he's gone winless to open a season since 2008, when he didn't get his first victory until his sixth start.
After allowing seven runs in six innings in a 7-2 loss at Milwaukee on April 18, Cain gave up three earned and five hits over six innings in a 6-4, 11-inning loss to Arizona on Tuesday.
"I thought he regrouped and threw the ball well," said Bochy, whose club dropped two of three to the Diamondbacks.
Cain has pitched well in this series, winning nine of 11 decisions with a 2.95 ERA over his last 14 starts.
The three-time All-Star, however, will have to do a better job keeping the ball in the park. He's allowed six home runs over his last three starts, including Paul Goldschmidt's two-run blast in the last meeting.
Arizona (15-10) appears to be playing with some confidence heading into this meeting after beating Colorado 4-2 at home on Sunday to take three of four from the Rockies.
The Diamondbacks have won five of six overall to move into a tie with Colorado atop the NL West.
Although Kennedy (1-2, 4.70) hasn't won since opening day, another game against the Giants could help the right-hander get back in the win column.
Kennedy is 5-0 with a 2.14 ERA over his last nine starts in this series, surrendering a run and four hits in six-plus innings in a 3-2, 10-inning win at San Francisco on Wednesday.
His 2.33 ERA against the Giants ranks third among active pitchers with a minimum of 10 starts, behind Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (1.28) and Cincinnati's Mat Latos (2.19).
Kennedy will try to cool off Buster Posey after the reigning NL MVP extended his hitting streak to nine games with a two-run homer on Sunday. He's batting .400 with three home runs and nine RBIs during that stretch.
While Pablo Sandoval - who went 4 for 5 on Sunday - has batted .346 in 35 career games in Arizona, he's just 7 for 33 (.212) against Kennedy.
Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with five homers and 18 RBIs, but he's just 4 for 16 with four strikeouts facing Cain.
Gerardo Parra, a .220 hitter against Cain, has a .340 average over a career-best 13-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 4/23/2018 2:54:23 AM EST|