|SAN FRANCISCO ( ZITO )|
CINCINNATI ( CINGRANI )
|957||SAN FRANCISCO||+165||Ov 9,-115||+175||Ov 8.5,-120|
|958||CINCINNATI||-175||Un 9,-105||-185||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-13||-0.7||10-14||4.5||0.287||0.329||3.6||0.237||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.1||2-5||2.1||0.186||0.242||4.1||0.290||0.335|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-12||+3||12-15||4.0||0.252||0.325||3.6||0.222||0.280|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||3-4||3.1||0.244||0.309||3.4||0.178||0.253|
|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)||0-3||L||165||8.5 un||U||0||1||1||7||8||0|
|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||CAIN(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||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)||3-0||W||-175||8.5 un||U||7||8||0||0||1||1|
|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||LEAKE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HAND(R)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||@ 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 (39-43) at Cincinnati (47-36), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Tony Cingrani will certainly have a tough act to follow when he makes his return to the Cincinnati Reds rotation.
After Homer Bailey threw his second career no-hitter and the majors' first this season, Cingrani will try to be the next to stymie the scuffling San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
Bailey has now thrown the past two no-hitters in baseball with a 3-0 win Tuesday. He nearly had a perfect game, issuing his lone walk to Gregor Blanco in the seventh inning.
"To do it once is extra special. To do it twice - I don't really have the words for it right now," Bailey said.
Cincinnati (48-36) has outscored San Francisco 11-1 halfway through this four-game set after entering the week having lost eight of 11.
The Giants (39-44), meanwhile, have been held to 18 runs and batted .196 while dropping eight of nine.
"We're going through such a tough stretch with the offense. You'd like to think that we've bottomed out now," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Hopefully, this is rock bottom."
Bochy's club, 2 for 23 with runners in scoring position over the last six games, would appear to be an ideal opponent for Cingrani's first start since June 11. The left-hander had to throw four innings of emergency relief Friday in Texas after Johnny Cueto had to leave with a strained right lat.
With Cueto on the disabled list for the third time this season, Cingrani (3-0, 3.42 ERA) will try to provide some more solid starts. He's earned all of his wins and has a 3.15 ERA in seven starts this season, allowing three runs or fewer in all but one.
Cingrani gave up three runs Friday and walked a career-high six.
"I got better as it went," he told the team's website. "I got a little tired in the last inning I threw. I haven't thrown that many pitches in I don't even remember how long ago. I just tried to keep battling."
In his first appearance against the Giants, Cingrani will pitch opposite Barry Zito (4-6, 4.53). The left-hander went 0-3 with a 5.97 ERA in five starts during June and is 1-5 with a 5.88 ERA in his last nine.
Zito is 0-5 with a 10.41 ERA in six road starts after a 4-1 loss to Colorado on Friday, giving up four runs and 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings.
He was pulled after 2 2-3 innings in his most recent start against the Reds, Game 4 of last year's NL division series. Zito allowed one run and five hits over six frames in each of his two regular-season matchups with the Reds last year but is 0-3 in the last four, getting a combined two runs of support.
Brandon Phillips is 9 for 21 (.429) against Zito, including the postseason. The second baseman hit his second homer in six games Tuesday and is hitting .364 in that span.
The Giants' Pablo Sandoval is batting .107 with nine strikeouts since returning from the disabled list June 24 and has one hit in his last seven contests.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 2:33:26 AM EST|