|SAN DIEGO ( ROSS )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( MOSCOSO )
|959||SAN DIEGO||+120||Ov 8,-105||+105||Ov 7.5,+100|
|960||SAN FRANCISCO||-130||Un 8,-115||-115||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-58||-1.9||50-56||3.6||0.240||0.299||4.5||0.256||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||3-4||4.6||0.250||0.313||2.6||0.194||0.247|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-55||-12.8||52-51||3.9||0.258||0.319||4.3||0.251||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||3-4||3.1||0.221||0.285||3.9||0.273||0.322|
|9/15/2013||SMITH(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||4-0||W||185||8 un||U||9||7||1||4||6||1|
|9/16/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||2-0||W||160||6.5 un||U||8||10||0||1||0||0|
|9/17/2013||STULTS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||5-2||W||170||7 un||P||14||10||1||7||7||0|
|9/18/2013||ROSS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||3-2||W||155||7 un||U||6||6||0||3||0||0|
|9/19/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||1-10||L||175||7 un||O||5||8||1||14||10||0|
|9/20/2013||ERLIN(L)||LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-0||W||-150||7 un||U||5||11||0||6||7||3|
|9/21/2013||SMITH(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-4||L||+170||6 un||U||3||4||1||6||7||0|
|9/22/2013||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||0-1||L||+130||6.5 un||U||2||5||1||4||3||1|
|9/27/2013||SMITH(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||3-7||L||100||7 ov||O||9||8||0||11||8||0|
|9/28/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||9-3||W||130||7 ev||O||16||8||1||9||8||1|
|9/29/2013||ROSS(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOSCOSO(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)||4-3||W||105||8 ev||U||6||4||1||9||10||0|
|9/17/2013||PETIT(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||8-5||W||-130||6.5 un||O||9||10||2||9||9||1|
|9/18/2013||CAIN(R)||@ NY METS||HARANG(R)||4-5||L||-155||6.5 ov||O||6||7||1||9||7||2|
|9/19/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||2-1||W||-135||6.5 un||U||8||7||0||4||7||0|
|9/20/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||1-5||L||140||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||6||4||0|
|9/21/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||0-6||L||155||9 ev||U||6||7||0||7||4||0|
|9/22/2013||PETIT(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||2-1||W||135||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||9||8||1|
|9/24/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||1-2||L||-120||6.5 un||U||5||5||1||8||9||0|
|9/25/2013||ZITO(L)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||6-4||W||+125||7 ov||O||8||5||2||8||5||0|
|9/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-2||W||-125||7 ov||U||6||6||0||8||7||0|
|9/27/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)||7-3||W||-110||7 ov||O||11||8||0||9||8||0|
|9/28/2013||PETIT(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-9||L||-140||7 ev||O||9||8||1||16||8||1|
|9/29/2013||MOSCOSO(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|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.
|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 (SAN DIEGO-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Giants Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
San Diego (75-85) at San Francisco (75-85), 4:05 p.m. EDT
Last year, the San Francisco Giants won their second World Series in three years, and now finishing tied for third in the NL West will be an accomplishment.
Hunter Pence has his own achievement to be proud of.
With an agreement reached on a long-term contract, Pence and the Giants attempt to conclude 2013 by finishing tied with the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
San Francisco (75-86) is the first team to follow a World Series title with a losing season since St. Louis in 2007.
The Giants, though, are finding some motivation as they try to catch the Padres (76-85) in the standings.
They fell one game back of third-place San Diego with a 9-3 loss Saturday, but still own a 16-5 record in the past 21 meetings at home.
"It would be a big thing if we could win and finish tied for third," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We keep saying we want to win every game we play."
Pence is doing his part, homering in each of the first two of this three-game series. His two-run shot Saturday came hours after he agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract.
Pence has a career-high 27 homers with 96 RBIs.
"You can't help but love Hunter Pence and the way he plays the game," Bochy said. "It's all about making a commitment and getting back on track. You need great players."
Despite Bochy's desire to finish in third, he's opted to end Matt Cain's season early, turning instead to Guillermo Moscoso (2-2, 4.21) for the finale.
Moscoso's only start of the year came in a 4-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Aug. 4, when he allowed three runs with four walks in 4 2-3 innings.
The right-hander has made 10 relief appearances since, giving up seven runs with 11 walks in 18 1-3 innings. That includes two scoreless innings in a 4-1 loss at San Diego on Sept. 2.
Moscoso has worked five shutout innings in four career games out of the bullpen against the Padres.
San Diego is batting .313 with seven homers, 11 doubles and 27 runs during a 3-1 stretch, and Tyson Ross (3-8, 3.10) would surely appreciate some of that production continuing for his scheduled start
He's 0-3 with a 3.64 ERA in eight starts, receiving one run of support in each.
Ross was impressive again in Tuesday's 2-1, 12-inning defeat to Arizona. The only run he allowed in a career high-tying eight innings came on a homer by Paul Goldschmidt.
Ross has made a serious case to be a part of the Padres in 2014, compiling a 2.80 ERA and 0.96 WHIP, despite a 3-4 record in 12 starts since returning to the rotation.
"Since he was re-inserted into the rotation, he has really taken off; there's no doubt about it," manager Bud Black told the team's official website. "Tyson has pitched outstanding. The won-loss (record) really doesn't indicate it. ... If he continues to pitch like this moving into next year, a lot of good things are in store for him."
Ross, though, is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four games - two starts - versus the Giants.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 10:49:19 PM EST|