|ARIZONA ( MILEY )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )
|913||ARIZONA||+120||Ov 7,-105||+120||Ov 7,+100|
|914||SAN FRANCISCO||-130||Un 7,-115||-130||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-31||+1||30-33||4.2||0.254||0.312||4.3||0.259||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||2-5||2.7||0.185||0.245||4.0||0.262||0.313|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-17||-5.1||12-16||4.1||0.273||0.320||4.0||0.245||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.2||5-2||4.9||0.293||0.351||4.3||0.206||0.296|
|7/8/2013||DELGADO(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-6||L||-110||8.5 ov||U||4||4||1||17||11||0|
|7/9/2013||KENNEDY(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||1-6||L||-115||9 un||U||5||5||2||10||7||1|
|7/10/2013||SKAGGS(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||5-7||L||-110||8.5 un||O||9||8||0||15||13||1|
|7/19/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||0-2||L||110||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||8||9||0|
|7/20/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|7/22/2013||SKAGGS(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||CORBIN(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/24/2013||KENNEDY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|7/25/2013||MILEY(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||DELGADO(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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)||1-10||L||130||8.5 un||O||7||7||1||12||7||0|
|7/23/2013||ZITO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)|| |
|7/26/2013||CAIN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|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 (ARIZONA-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Giants Preview* =============================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Arizona (50-46) at San Francisco (44-51), 9:05 p.m. EDT
The All-Star break may have come at just the right time for Matt Cain, who wasn't able to find his form during a forgettable first half.
His efforts could prove crucial down the stretch if San Francisco hopes to catch the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cain tries to avoid a fourth consecutive loss as the Giants try to make up more ground on the visiting Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
Named to the All-Star team in three of the previous four seasons, Cain (5-6, 5.06 ERA) hasn't come close to pitching at that level thus far. The right-hander owns the highest home ERA in the major leagues at 5.94 and has surrendered 16 homers - six shy of his career high.
Cain went 0-3 with a 7.94 ERA in his final four starts before the break, and the last two were especially alarming. After yielding eight runs in 2 1-3 innings of a 10-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 5, Cain failed to make it out of the first inning for the first time in his career in a 7-2 loss to the New York Mets last Wednesday.
"To go out there and have an outing like that is really disappointing," he said. " It's kind of hard to swallow, but you have to get over it."
Cain, who threw 36 pitches, surrendered three runs and walked three while recording two outs.
"I didn't want it to become a health issue," manager Bruce Bochy told MLB's official website, "He's fine. I had some concern there because he was a little off. I'll be honest. You want to win every game, but you don't want to risk someone to win a game. That's why I got him."
Despite his struggles, Cain insists he's healthy. He threw a bullpen session last Saturday without any complications.
"It gives you a sense of comfort with the fact that he felt really good," Bochy said.
Cain has gone 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA in his last six starts versus Arizona (50-46). Paul Goldschmidt, Eric Chavez and Cody Ross are a combined 12 for 59 (.203) against him, while Miguel Montero is 10 for 51 with 15 strikeouts.
San Francisco (44-51) posted its sixth victory in seven games in the series Friday, 2-0. Hunter Pence and Buster Posey each drove in a run as the fourth-place Giants climbed to within 5 1/2 games of the Diamondbacks.
"It's huge," winning pitcher Chad Gaudin said. "Any win in our division is huge."
The Giants, 4-1 in their last five overall, have allowed two or fewer runs in each of those wins.
Arizona, in contrast, has hit .230 and been outscored 67-38 in dropping 11 of 14 on the road. Second baseman Aaron Hill, mired in a 2-for-21 funk, is hitless in his last 13 at-bats in this series.
"We had no offense going on at all," said manager Kirk Gibson, whose team was limited to five singles Friday. "They just shut us down."
The Diamondbacks will try to bounce back behind Wade Miley (6-7, 4.01), who has gone 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA in three starts this month. The left-hander allowed three runs in eight innings to beat Milwaukee 5-3 last Thursday.
Miley is 0-2 with a 4.08 ERA in three career starts versus San Francisco. Posey is 5 for 10 with a homer and two doubles in their matchups, and Andres Torres is 5 for 9 with two extra-base hits.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 11:29:24 AM EST|