|SAN FRANCISCO ( ZITO )|
SAN DIEGO ( STULTS )
|911||SAN FRANCISCO||+145||Ov 8.5,+100||+130||Ov 8.5,-105|
|912||SAN DIEGO||-155||Un 8.5,-120||-140||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-16||-4.1||11-16||4.2||0.275||0.322||3.8||0.241||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||5-2||5.0||0.278||0.337||4.0||0.185||0.276|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-18||+1.1||19-13||4.4||0.258||0.315||4.4||0.266||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.7||4-3||2.6||0.195||0.265||6.3||0.300||0.370|
|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)||9-0||W||-115||7.5 un||O||10||2||0||0||5||0|
|7/14/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|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)||0-9||L||+105||7.5 un||O||0||5||0||10||2||0|
|7/14/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/21/2013|| ||@ 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 (43-50) at San Diego (41-54), 4:10 p.m. EDT
A four-game set with the San Diego Padres has the San Francisco Giants getting untracked heading into the All-Star break.
They've added some history along the way.
The Giants try to build on Tim Lincecum's no-hitter as they look to sweep this series with the spiraling Padres on Sunday.
San Francisco (43-50) has won the first three games of this series, matching its total over the previous 19 contests.
The Giants' recent turnaround at the expense of the Padres (41-54) showed few signs of slowing down Saturday, when Lincecum tossed his first no-hitter in a 9-0 victory.
"I felt fine out there from the first pitch," said Lincecum, who threw 148 pitches - the most by a Giant since 1988. "Maybe a little sweaty, but other than that, I felt great."
San Francisco may be hoping Barry Zito (4-6, 4.62 ERA) can draw some inspiration from Lincecum's performance as he takes the mound in the finale.
The Giants would also settle for just a victory since Zito is 0-5 with a 9.38 ERA in seven road starts. The veteran left-hander hasn't won overall since beating Oakland on May 30, going 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA in his last seven.
Zito struggled again Tuesday, surrendering five runs with four walks in six innings while not getting a decision in a 10-6 loss to the New York Mets.
A visit to Petco Park doesn't seem to be ideal for Zito. He's 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in seven starts there since a win on Aug. 2, 2008.
Zito, though, may benefit from continued production from the offense, which is batting .333 with 23 runs in this series.
The Giants have also won five in a row over San Diego for their longest winning streak in the series since reeling off six in a row in 2006. That run also includes San Francisco's last four-game sweep at Petco Park, from Aug. 14-17.
Buster Posey could play a role in matching that stretch. The two-time All-Star catcher has seven hits and six RBIs in this series, and is batting .388 in 20 games at Petco for the best average by any player with at least 80 at-bats there.
He's 16 for 31 with nine RBIs and seven runs in his last eight visits, and he's 6 for 12 with a homer and two doubles off scheduled starter Eric Stults.
The Padres will enter the break as occupants of the NL West cellar, thanks in large part to losing 14 of their past 15 games.
Stults (7-7, 3.50) got the only win in that stretch, and that came in dominant fashion.
The left-hander tossed a four-hitter in a 2-1 win over Colorado on Tuesday - his second complete game in just over three weeks.
"I hadn't had that high a pitch count (122) in a long time," Stults said, "but I was sharp with most of my pitches."
Stults is 4-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 12 career starts versus the Giants, and he's 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in three this season.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:53:53 AM EST|