|SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )|
SAN DIEGO ( VOLQUEZ )
|961||SAN FRANCISCO||-105||Ov 8,+100||-105||Ov 7.5,+100|
|962||SAN DIEGO||-105||Un 8,-120||-105||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-34||-11.2||37-26||3.9||0.259||0.317||4.7||0.253||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||4-3||4.3||0.275||0.338||4.3||0.198||0.276|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-35||-7.5||30-29||3.7||0.236||0.296||4.7||0.265||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.7||4-3||3.1||0.226||0.283||5.7||0.316||0.390|
|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)||2-3||L||165||8.5 ov||U||5||12||0||10||11||0|
|7/5/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-10||L||-140||6.5 ev||O||8||8||1||13||10||0|
|7/6/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||4-2||W||-185||7 ev||U||7||7||0||4||2||3|
|7/7/2013||GAUDIN(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-4||L||+150||6.5 ov||U||4||4||1||7||5||0|
|7/8/2013||LINCECUM(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||3-4||L||+100||6.5 un||O||14||18||2||9||7||0|
|7/9/2013||ZITO(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||6-10||L||-130||7.5 un||O||13||11||0||12||8||2|
|7/10/2013||CAIN(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||2-7||L||-195||7.5 un||O||6||7||2||8||8||0|
|7/11/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-2||W||-145||7 ov||U||12||12||0||5||4||0|
|7/12/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||O'SULLIVAN(R)||10-1||W||-115||8 un||O||17||13||0||5||8||1|
|7/13/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|6/29/2013||STULTS(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||1-7||L||-110||7.5 un||O||7||5||1||9||5||0|
|6/30/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||2-6||L||-110||7 ov||O||5||6||1||7||4||0|
|7/1/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||0-4||L||135||7.5 un||U||3||5||1||6||8||1|
|7/2/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||1-4||L||195||9.5 un||U||6||6||0||9||7||0|
|7/3/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||1-2||L||180||10 un||U||6||6||0||9||9||0|
|7/4/2013||STULTS(L)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||2-8||L||150||10.5 un||U||7||10||0||18||9||0|
|7/5/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||5-8||L||140||8 un||O||10||5||1||10||7||0|
|7/6/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||4-5||L||195||8.5 ov||O||9||6||0||12||6||0|
|7/7/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||7-11||L||210||7.5 ov||O||12||11||2||11||7||1|
|7/10/2013||CASHNER(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-5||L||-135||7 un||O||7||9||1||13||12||1|
|7/11/2013||MARQUIS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-4||L||+135||7 ov||U||5||4||0||12||12||0|
|7/12/2013||O'SULLIVAN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||1-10||L||+105||8 un||O||5||8||1||17||13||0|
|7/13/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Padres Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
San Francisco (42-50) at San Diego (41-53), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Buster Posey is the NL's reigning MVP and batting champion, and the San Diego Padres are well aware of what he's capable of.
That's especially true at Petco Park.
Posey looks to continue his dominance of the Padres as the San Francisco Giants go for their longest winning streak over the NL West rival in almost seven years Saturday night.
Posey batted .336 with 24 homers and 103 RBIs during a career year in 2012, and he continues to prove that wasn't a fluke. The catcher is headed for his second All-Star game Tuesday in New York, thanks in large part to his .320 average, 13 homers and 56 RBIs.
A series with the Padres seems to be helping him build momentum heading into the break.
Posey is 4 for 9 with six RBIs while helping San Francisco (42-50) win the first two of this four-game set. He plated a season-high five runs while powering Friday's 10-1 romp.
Success at pitcher-friendly Petco Park is common for Posey, whose .370 average in 20 games is the highest by any active player with at least 80 at-bats there.
Despite the Padres (41-53) occupying the division cellar, opponents have a .248 average at Petco.
Posey, meanwhile, is 13 for 27 with nine RBIs over his last seven visits, and another big effort could give the Giants a fifth straight win over San Diego for the first time since a six-game streak in 2006.
Brandon Crawford and Marco Scutaro may also have a say in getting closer to that mark. Crawford is 11 for 22 over the past five games after his three hits Friday gave him a fourth multihit game of that stretch.
Scutaro, who will join Posey and pitcher Madison Bumgarner at the All-Star game, also had three hits to go with his two RBIs Friday, and he's 8 for 17 over his last four meetings with San Diego.
Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.61 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound in search of his first road win since beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in his season debut April 3.
The right-hander is 0-6 with a 5.82 ERA over eight away games since, including a 2-1 defeat at San Diego on April 26. He allowed two runs with nine strikeouts in seven innings.
Lincecum's latest outing came at home Monday, and he fanned a season-high 11 while yielding three runs in seven innings of a 4-3 loss in 16 to the New York Mets.
The Padres have dropped 17 of 20 games, and they're a season-high 12 games under .500.
Giving the ball to Edinson Volquez (6-7, 5.33) may not help. The right-hander has lost his last two home starts while surrendering nine runs with 11 walks and 10 strikeouts in 11 innings.
He struggled with his control again Monday, allowing four runs and eight hits while issuing four walks and throwing 94 pitches in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-2 loss to Colorado.
"I was off a little bit with my rhythm," Volquez told the team's official website.
That could be said of almost each of his last six starts as host. He's 1-4 with a 5.56 ERA and 38 strikeouts compared to 22 walks in 34 innings over that stretch, which includes only one quality start.
Both of Volquez's starts against the Giants this year have come on the road, and he has no record while yielding five runs in 11 innings.
He's held Crawford to 2 for 14 with five strikeouts, but Posey is 2 for 5 with a double off him.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:26:09 AM EST|