|SAN DIEGO ( STULTS )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( BUMGARNER )
|953||SAN DIEGO||+130||Ov 7,+100||+135||Ov 7,+110|
|954||SAN FRANCISCO||-140||Un 7,-120||-145||Un 7,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-11||+6.6||14-9||4.8||0.273||0.331||4.5||0.258||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.4||3-3||4.1||0.242||0.304||2.7||0.235||0.272|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-10||+0.5||10-9||5.0||0.294||0.333||3.9||0.243||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||5-2||5.3||0.319||0.354||4.3||0.276||0.337|
|6/5/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||6-2||W||205||6.5 ov||O||12||12||0||5||5||1|
|6/6/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||6-5||W||130||9.5 ev||O||12||10||1||10||9||3|
|6/7/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||9-10||L||145||10.5 ov||O||17||10||0||16||8||0|
|6/8/2013||STULTS(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||4-2||W||105||10.5 ov||U||10||12||3||9||8||1|
|6/9/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||7-8||L||165||11.5 un||O||11||3||0||15||9||0|
|6/17/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||5-3||W||-105||7.5 un||O||18||17||0||10||6||0|
|6/18/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||4-5||L||135||6.5 un||O||9||6||0||13||7||0|
|6/19/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||MARQUIS(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|6/22/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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)||10-0||W||-125||7.5 ov||O||17||11||0||3||4||3|
|6/14/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||6-0||W||125||7 un||U||11||7||1||3||3||0|
|6/15/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||5-6||L||175||7 ov||O||11||8||1||11||9||2|
|6/16/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||0-3||L||155||7.5 ev||U||7||8||1||7||8||0|
|6/17/2013||ZITO(L)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-5||L||-105||7.5 un||O||10||6||0||18||17||0|
|6/18/2013||CAIN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||5-4||W||-145||6.5 un||O||13||7||0||9||6||0|
|6/19/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|6/24/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|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 (36-35) at San Francisco (36-34), 3:45 p.m. EDT
Though Eric Stults has pitched well of late, he's struggled this season against the San Francisco Giants.
Madison Bumgarner, meanwhile, has never lost at home to Stults' San Diego Padres.
Both pitchers will try for a third straight win in Wednesday's decisive series finale between the NL West foes.
San Diego (36-35) had a seven-game winning streak snapped with a 5-4 loss Tuesday. The Padres took a 4-3 lead with two runs in the eighth inning but allowed San Francisco to score twice in the bottom half.
The Giants (36-34) ended losing streaks of three games overall and four to San Diego.
"Every game we lose is tough," said Jesus Guzman, whose two-run shot in the eighth was one of San Diego's three homers. "... This was a game we had to win, but in this ballpark it's hard to beat those guys."
San Diego has not won a series at San Francisco since October 2010, but would have a good chance to end that drought if Stults (6-5, 3.28 ERA) performs well again.
The left-hander has allowed five earned runs over 31 innings in his last four starts while going 2-1. Stults walked only one batter in that span while holding opponents to a .167 average. He recorded his first complete game since 2009 versus San Francisco when he allowed two hits in a 2-1 victory over Arizona on Friday.
"The wide range of velocities keeps the hitters off-balance, disrupts their timing," manager Bub Black said. "He pitches. He truly pitches."
Stults has a 2.26 ERA while going 4-3 in his last nine starts, in which he's received an average 2.40 runs of support.
However, he's 0-1 with an 8.18 ERA in two outings against the Giants this season, though both came in April.
While Stults is 1-2 with a 5.84 ERA in five starts in San Francisco, Bumgarner (6-4, 3.30) has gone 2-0 with a 3.22 ERA in seven home starts versus San Diego - the Giants have won the last six. He gave up two runs and struck out 10 in six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 3-2 win over the Padres at AT&T Park on April 19.
The left-hander allowed two hits and also fanned 10 over seven innings of a 6-0 win at Atlanta on Friday - his second straight victory after a four-start stretch in which he was 0-3 with a 6.29 ERA.
"He really has been consistent all year, but this was up there as one of his best starts," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Brandon Belt had three hits with an RBI on Tuesday, and rookie center fielder Juan Perez delivered the go-ahead single in the eighth after throwing out a runner at the plate in the seventh.
In seven games since making his major league debut June 9, Perez is batting .421 (8 for 19) with three RBIs and has recorded four outfield assists.
"I've got to take advantage of every hour, every day I am here," Perez said. "Just keep it up, do what I'm doing on the field."
While Perez is likely to be in the lineup for the series finale, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford will sit out after spraining two fingers on his right hand Tuesday.
San Diego's Logan Forsythe is 5 for 10 with a homer in the series. The second baseman is batting .417 with two home runs in his last six games versus San Francisco.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 6:34:08 AM EST|