|SAN FRANCISCO ( ZITO )|
SAN DIEGO ( KENNEDY )
|909||SAN FRANCISCO||+160||Ov 9,-110||+125||Ov 8,-105|
|910||SAN DIEGO||-170||Un 9,-110||-135||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-49||-14.6||47-43||3.8||0.257||0.314||4.5||0.251||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2||1-5||3.7||0.262||0.311||2.9||0.261||0.310|
|vs Left-handed Starters||24-24||+5.1||24-21||4.4||0.259||0.317||4.1||0.257||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||2-5||3.1||0.255||0.307||4.6||0.283||0.357|
|8/26/2013||ZITO(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||1-6||L||130||10.5 ov||U||7||9||1||13||4||0|
|8/27/2013||PETIT(R)||@ COLORADO||BETTIS(R)||5-3||W||110||10.5 ev||U||13||8||0||8||8||1|
|8/28/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||4-5||L||-110||9 un||P||5||5||2||7||6||3|
|8/30/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||1-0||W||115||8.5 un||U||3||6||0||7||8||0|
|8/31/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||3-4||L||120||8.5 ev||U||11||9||0||12||11||0|
|9/1/2013||PETIT(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||8-2||W||170||8 un||O||15||7||0||9||7||0|
|9/2/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|9/4/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|8/23/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||8-6||W||-125||7 ev||O||13||3||1||10||9||1|
|8/24/2013||STULTS(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||2-3||L||-125||7 un||U||7||7||1||10||8||0|
|8/25/2013||CASHNER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||3-2||W||-140||7 ov||U||13||16||1||8||13||1|
|8/26/2013||ROSS(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||1-6||L||115||8.5 un||U||5||4||1||8||6||1|
|8/27/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ARIZONA||HOLMBERG(L)||9-10||L||105||9 un||O||14||12||0||12||12||1|
|8/28/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||5-1||W||165||8.5 ov||U||11||4||0||10||10||0|
|8/30/2013||STULTS(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-9||L||190||7 ev||O||11||9||1||13||6||1|
|8/31/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||1-2||L||150||7.5 ov||U||10||8||1||13||12||0|
|9/1/2013||ROSS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-2||L||195||7 un||U||3||4||0||7||6||0|
|9/2/2013||KENNEDY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|9/3/2013||ERLIN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|9/4/2013||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|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 JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
San Francisco (60-75) at San Diego (60-75), 3:40 p.m. EDT
When the San Francisco Giants signed Barry Zito to the then-richest contract for a pitcher in major league history prior to the 2007 season, they believed the former Cy Young Award winner from across the bay would anchor their rotation for years to come.
Now considered one of the biggest free-agent busts ever, Zito is limping toward the end of what could be his final season with the disappointing defending champions.
The Giants will attempt to win for the first time in Zito's 11 road starts as he looks to help send the San Diego Padres to a fourth straight defeat Monday afternoon.
Zito won the 2002 AL Cy Young Award during a solid seven-year run with Oakland before signing a seven-year, $126 million contract with San Francisco. He hasn't quite lived up to that deal, though, going 62-79 with a 4.62 ERA in 195 starts and 10 relief appearances in the regular season.
The left-hander made four appearances out of the bullpen in August, but his return to the rotation hasn't brought any better results. Zito (4-10, 5.81 ERA) allowed six runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 12-1 loss to Boston on Aug. 21 before giving up five runs in four frames of last Monday's 6-1 defeat at Colorado.
He's pitched fewer than five innings in each of his last five starts, going 0-4 with an 11.21 ERA. He's 0-8 with a 10.10 ERA in 10 road starts this season - all Giants losses - tossing fewer than six innings in each.
Zito has an $18 million team option for 2014, though the Giants could buy him out for $7 million.
"I don't know. I don't know," said Zito, who went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three 2012 playoff starts. "I've looked at tape of my starts in the playoffs and my starts this year. I've made more pitches this year without the results."
The left-hander is 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA in four starts versus the Padres this season after giving up four runs - including solo homers to Chris Denorfia, Nick Hundley and Will Venable - in two innings of a 10-1 loss at San Diego on July 14.
That defeat ended San Francisco's five-game winning streak over the Padres (60-76), who scored just four runs while being swept by Los Angeles over the weekend.
While San Diego mustered only three hits in Sunday's 2-1 defeat, the Giants (61-75) took two of three from Arizona by winning 8-2. Buster Posey and Hunter Pence each finished with three hits and two RBIs.
Posey is hitting .478 over his last six versus the Padres, who send Ian Kennedy to the mound.
Kennedy (5-9, 5.10) has been inconsistent in five starts with the Padres since being acquired from Arizona, going 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA. After striking out eight in seven scoreless innings to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Aug. 21, he allowed six runs and walked five in 4 1-3 innings of Tuesday's 10-9, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.
The right-hander is 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA in 16 career starts against the Giants, giving up two runs in six innings of a 2-0 loss the last time he faced them while with Arizona on July 19.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 5:23:00 PM EST|