|MIAMI ( NOLASCO )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )
|961||MIAMI||+150||Ov 6.5,-120||+150||Ov 7,+110|
|962||SAN FRANCISCO||-160||Un 6.5,+100||-160||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-34||-10.9||24-22||3.4||0.238||0.288||4.6||0.258||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.8||3-4||3.9||0.233||0.275||4.0||0.221||0.285|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-25||-3.6||29-21||4.1||0.262||0.320||4.7||0.255||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||3-4||3.4||0.273||0.313||3.1||0.237||0.308|
|6/8/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-1||W||195||6.5 un||U||15||10||0||13||22||0|
|6/9/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||8-4||W||187||7.5 ov||O||17||10||1||6||3||2|
|6/14/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||5-4||W||+120||7.5 un||O||10||6||1||8||6||1|
|6/15/2013||KOEHLER(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||7-13||L||+175||7.5 un||O||11||8||0||17||8||0|
|6/16/2013||NOLASCO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||7-2||W||+125||8 un||O||11||8||2||5||7||0|
|6/17/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||3-2||W||180||8 un||U||3||2||0||7||9||1|
|6/18/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||2-3||L||165||8.5 ov||U||8||4||0||5||3||0|
|6/19/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||1-3||L||140||8 un||U||5||5||0||4||2||0|
|6/20/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||2-1||W||160||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||4||4||1|
|6/21/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||TURNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|6/23/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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)||4-2||W||-160||7 un||U||11||7||1||4||5||0|
|6/24/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|6/25/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|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 (MIAMI-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Giants Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Miami (22-49) at San Francisco (37-34), 10:15 p.m. EDT
The Miami Marlins added to their dominance over San Francisco by quieting its red-hot hitters. That might continue if Ricky Nolasco can duplicate his recent efforts against the Giants.
Nolasco will seek to lead the Marlins to a ninth straight win in San Francisco on Friday night while improving to 5-0 there all-time.
The Giants (37-35) entered Thursday's series opener having batted .320 while scoring 59 runs in their prior 11 games. San Francisco, though, was limited to four hits in a 2-1 defeat to Miami (23-49).
In his first career pinch-hit at-bat, the Marlins' Marcell Ozuna had a two-run single in the eighth inning to keep his team's win streak at AT&T Park intact. The victory was also their 11th in the last 15 overall matchups with the Giants.
"He's a pretty good pinch hitter," manager Mike Redmond said.
With Nolasco starting Friday, Miami would appear to have a good chance to beat San Francisco again. In eight career starts against the Giants, the right-hander is 5-3 with a 1.83 ERA - his lowest ERA against any team he has faced more than twice.
Nolasco, who has won four of his last five decisions in the series, is 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his four all-time games in San Francisco, easily his best showing in any stadium.
"I wish I could tell you what it was," he told the team's website. "If I knew what it was, I'd try to do it in every ballpark."
Nolasco (4-7, 3.61 ERA) is coming off only his second win in nine starts, a 7-2 victory against St. Louis on Sunday. He gave up one run and three hits over seven innings and got the rare benefit of some generous run support.
Nolasco had been given a combined seven runs in his previous eight starts.
"It helps a ton," he said. "It just changes everything and the way you pitch and your approach."
The Marlins don't appear poised to repeat that effort considering in four games since they're batting .171 and have scored eight runs. They also have to face Tim Lincecum (4-7, 4.57), who has pitched well this month but is still having trouble getting enough support from his teammates.
The right-hander has posted a 2.55 ERA in his last three outings but is 1-2. He allowed three runs in six innings against Atlanta on Sunday and was saddled with a 3-0 loss.
Lincecum has received a combined four runs in his last six games and none in each of his past two.
"I was proud of how he battled out there," manager Bruce Bochy told the team's website. "He didn't let the game get away from us. He ended up throwing a pretty good game. We just didn't do anything with the bats."
Lincecum is 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins but gave up six runs over 5 2-3 innings in his most recent matchup, a 7-6 defeat in Miami on May 25, 2012.
San Francisco's Joaquin Arias, currently riding an 11-game hit streak, went 0 for 3 in his only matchup against Nolasco last season.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 7:09:34 AM EST|