|SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )|
PITTSBURGH ( MORTON )
|957||SAN FRANCISCO||-115||Ov 7.5,-110||-120||Ov 7.5,+100|
|958||PITTSBURGH||+105||Un 7.5,-110||+110||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-22||-3.1||26-18||4.0||0.259||0.319||5.0||0.260||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||3-4||4.1||0.273||0.310||5.0||0.271||0.327|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-19||+16.9||23-27||3.8||0.242||0.297||3.4||0.222||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||4-3||4.7||0.247||0.292||3.7||0.239||0.327|
|6/1/2013||CAIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||0-8||L||130||7.5 un||O||7||9||0||10||3||0|
|6/1/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||1-7||L||145||7 un||O||8||5||0||9||5||0|
|6/2/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||4-2||W||150||8 un||U||11||5||0||6||4||0|
|6/7/2013||CAIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||1-3||L||120||8.5 un||U||8||7||0||5||4||0|
|6/8/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||10-5||W||-115||8 un||O||15||9||0||8||6||1|
|6/9/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)||6-2||W||130||9 un||U||12||9||1||6||6||2|
|6/11/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||2-8||L||115||7.5 un||O||8||8||1||12||8||0|
|6/12/2013||ZITO(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||8-12||L||185||7.5 un||O||15||8||1||18||6||1|
|6/13/2013||CAIN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|6/14/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|6/16/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||ZITO(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||CAIN(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|6/3/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||2-7||L||115||7 ev||O||9||7||0||10||8||1|
|6/4/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||4-5||L||150||7 ov||O||5||3||1||10||13||1|
|6/5/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||0-5||L||110||7.5 ov||U||1||4||3||7||9||0|
|6/7/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-0||W||-115||7 un||U||7||9||1||5||10||0|
|6/8/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-2||W||100||7 ov||O||9||3||0||4||4||0|
|6/9/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||1-4||L||-120||9 un||U||6||4||0||6||8||0|
|6/11/2013||COLE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||8-2||W||-125||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||8||8||1|
|6/12/2013||LIRIANO(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||12-8||W||-200||7.5 un||O||18||6||1||15||8||1|
|6/13/2013||MORTON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|6/14/2013||BURNETT(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||LOCKE(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|6/16/2013||COLE(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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.
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Pirates Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
San Francisco (33-30) at Pittsburgh (38-26), 7:05 p.m. EDT
It's been over five years since the Pittsburgh Pirates have swept the San Francisco Giants.
It's been just over one year since Charlie Morton last pitched in the majors.
Morton takes the mound opposite Matt Cain as the Pirates host the Giants in Thursday night's finale.
After taking Tuesday's opener 8-2 behind an impressive effort from prized pitching prospect Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh's bats led the way Wednesday in a 12-8 victory. Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez - the top four hitters in the batting order - went a combined 13 for 19 with eight runs while Neil Walker added a homer and three RBIs. Alex Presley also went deep.
"The top of the order was really special, the runs, the hits," said manager Clint Hurdle, whose club posted its most runs and hits (18) this season. "They just kept fueling us from the first inning through the eighth."
Seeking a fifth consecutive win in the series and its first sweep of San Francisco since May 6-8, 2008, the Pirates (39-26) turn to Morton. After undergoing Tommy John surgery last June 14, Morton is looking forward to getting back on the field.
"You can't escape emotion," he told MLB's official website. "I'm going to be nervous. I'm going to be excited, emotions that anyone would feel."
The right-hander, who's starting in place of the injured Wandy Rodriguez, allowed two runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings during Saturday's rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Asked if Thursday is a spot start for Morton, Hurdle replied, "I don't know. We'll just figure out as we go. I don't need to make those decisions now for a group. I think we need to give Charlie an opportunity to go pitch and that will help us make our decision."
Morton is 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last three starts against the Giants (33-31), who have dropped 10 of 13 on the road. After placing All-Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval (strained left foot) on the disabled list Tuesday, San Francisco was also without second baseman Marco Scutaro on Wednesday. Scutaro, dealing with an injury to his pinkie finger after getting hit by a pitch Tuesday, is out indefinitely.
Manager Bruce Bochy, though, should be back after serving a one-game suspension. He was ejected and later reprimanded after major league baseball said reliever George Kontos intentionally hit McCutchen with a pitch after both benches had been warned Tuesday.
The Giants will try to bounce back behind Cain (4-3, 5.09 ERA), who's gone 4-1 over his last seven starts. The right-hander has allowed one or two runs in five of those outings and a combined 13 in the other two.
"You can't get too ahead of yourself," he said.
Cain had compiled an 8.88 ERA over a four-start road stretch before giving up a run and four hits over seven-plus innings Friday in a 3-1 loss at Arizona. He left with a 1-0 lead before Jeremy Affeldt surrendered a three-run homer.
"Cain threw really well," Affeldt said. "He didn't deserve that."
Cain has been nearly untouchable over five starts against Pittsburgh since 2009, going 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA. He struck out 11 in a one-hitter during his last matchup in the series, a 5-0 victory April 13, 2012.
Cain has made things especially difficult on Clint Barmes and McCutchen, who are a combined 2 for 31 against him. Sanchez has also struggled, going 2 for 14.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 10:53:25 AM EST|