|SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )|
CINCINNATI ( BAILEY )
|907||SAN FRANCISCO||+155||Ov 8,-115||+160||Ov 8.5,+105|
|908||CINCINNATI||-165||Un 8,-105||-170||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-30||-9||33-23||3.9||0.259||0.316||4.8||0.260||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.2||2-5||2.3||0.216||0.278||4.1||0.284||0.321|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-24||-1.2||30-24||4.5||0.248||0.318||3.9||0.246||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||3-4||3.3||0.246||0.306||3.7||0.208||0.282|
|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)||1-3||L||-105||6.5 un||U||8||10||1||6||5||0|
|6/25/2013||KICKHAM(L)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||5-6||L||115||7.5 ov||O||10||6||2||11||5||0|
|6/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-4||L||180||6.5 ov||U||5||4||2||12||7||1|
|6/28/2013||ZITO(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||1-4||L||130||10.5 ov||U||4||7||1||13||12||0|
|6/29/2013||CAIN(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||1-2||L||-110||9.5 un||U||7||6||2||4||5||0|
|6/30/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ COLORADO||POMERANZ(L)||5-2||W||-125||9.5 un||U||12||11||0||7||8||1|
|7/1/2013||KICKHAM(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||1-8||L||145||8.5 ev||O||2||2||0||11||4||0|
|7/2/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||ZITO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||CAIN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|7/6/2013||GAUDIN(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||LINCECUM(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/8/2013||ZITO(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|6/21/2013||CUETO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||5-11||L||-115||8 un||O||9||9||1||15||7||1|
|6/22/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||3-4||L||110||8 un||U||4||6||0||6||5||1|
|6/23/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||4-2||W||-140||8.5 ev||U||8||6||1||8||9||1|
|6/25/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||3-7||L||140||7.5 ev||O||10||11||0||7||4||0|
|6/26/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||0-5||L||110||7.5 ov||U||2||4||0||8||5||1|
|6/28/2013||CUETO(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||0-4||L||105||9.5 un||U||8||7||0||7||8||0|
|6/29/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||6-4||W||-105||9.5 ov||O||11||9||3||5||6||1|
|6/30/2013||LATOS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||2-3||L||135||8 ev||U||6||8||1||8||9||0|
|7/1/2013||ARROYO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||KICKHAM(L)||8-1||W||-155||8.5 ev||O||11||4||0||2||2||0|
|7/2/2013||BAILEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||CINGRANI(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||LEAKE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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.
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Reds Preview* =====================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
San Francisco (39-42) at Cincinnati (46-36), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Homer Bailey pitched well enough in last year's NL division series to help the Cincinnati Reds advance past the San Francisco Giants, but his teammates couldn't score enough runs.
In his first matchup with the Giants since, the right-hander will seek to shake out of a slump and help the Reds build on a decisive victory Tuesday night.
With his team leading 2-0 in the division series, Bailey struck out 10 while giving up one run, one hit and one walk over seven innings, but the Reds fell 2-1 in 10 frames and dropped their next two home games.
Bailey (4-6, 3.88 ERA) hasn't been as spectacular lately, going 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in his last three starts. He gave up four runs in the fourth of his six innings Wednesday in a 5-0 loss in Oakland.
"We could say 'Homer didn't do this,' or 'he was quick,' or whatever. We didn't score any runs, and we had no chance even if it was 1-0," manager Dusty Baker told the team's official website.
The Reds (47-36) have given Bailey a combined two runs of support since his most recent win June 10 but slugged their way to an 8-1 victory in Monday's series opener against the Giants (39-43). Todd Frazier homered and matched a career high with four RBIs before rain shortened the game to six innings.
The runs were the most for Cincinnati since a 12-2 win at the Chicago Cubs on June 11. The Reds were averaging 2.8 runs while batting .220 in their previous 17 games.
"We were more aggressive. We didn't get deep into the count. We were attacking pitches early," Baker said. "Everybody got into the act. We got a couple of cheap hits. We got a couple of line drives. Then we got the big three-run homer (from Frazier)."
Cincinnati, returning home from a 2-6 road trip, dropped San Francisco to 1-6 on its 10-game trek. The Giants have also lost nine of 11 overall, plating two runs or fewer eight times. Leadoff hitter Gregor Blanco is in the middle of the funk, going 0 for 13 in his last four games.
Tim Lincecum (4-8, 4.64) would appear unlikely to spark a turnaround.
The right-hander is 1-6 with a 5.24 ERA in his last eight outings and matched a career high by giving up 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings Wednesday in a 4-2 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I didn't expand the zone when I needed to, I left too many pitches on the plate and they put some good swings on some pitches, (to add to) the fact that I threw some (lousy) ones," he told the team's official website.
Lincecum is 0-5 with a 5.92 ERA in his last seven road starts and has been given a combined three runs of support in his last four. The Giants have provided him with nine runs in his last eight overall starts after giving him a combined 30 in his first eight this season.
Lincecum is also 0-1 with a 7.41 ERA in his three all-time regular-season matchups with the Reds. He got the win, however, in Game 4 of last year's division series after giving up one run and two hits over 4 1-3 innings of relief.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 5:18:02 PM EST|