|SAN FRANCISCO ( CUETO )|
ATLANTA ( DICKEY )
|903||SAN FRANCISCO||-130||Ov 9,-110||-125||Ov 9.5,+100|
|904||ATLANTA||+120||Un 9,-110||+115||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-30||-17.1||21-20||4.0||0.242||0.303||0.380||0.683||4.8||0.279||0.331||0.448||0.779|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.8||6-1||5.6||0.313||0.373||0.488||0.861||7.9||0.371||0.423||0.577||0.999|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-34||-2.7||35-25||4.6||0.264||0.321||0.386||0.707||5.2||0.260||0.326||0.417||0.743|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.2||4-3||6.1||0.299||0.351||0.438||0.789||5.7||0.300||0.354||0.460||0.814|
|6/5/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GUERRA(R)||7-2||W||-120||8 ov||O||11||9||1||6||3||1|
|6/6/2017||CAIN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(R)||2-5||L||115||9 ov||U||9||6||0||11||6||2|
|6/7/2017||BLACH(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||3-6||L||115||9 ov||P||7||6||1||10||5||0|
|6/8/2017||CUETO(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESPINO(R)||9-5||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||16||12||1||11||12||1|
|6/13/2017||BLACH(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||1-8||L||-115||7.5 un||O||5||6||0||15||9||0|
|6/14/2017||CUETO(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||2-7||L||-160||7.5 ov||O||10||11||0||16||12||1|
|6/15/2017||MOORE(L)||@ COLORADO||HOFFMAN(R)||9-10||L||155||11 ov||O||17||12||2||15||8||0|
|6/16/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ COLORADO||SENZATELA(R)||8-10||L||105||11.5 un||O||11||3||1||15||5||1|
|6/17/2017||CAIN(R)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||1-5||L||170||13 ov||U||10||10||0||14||11||1|
|6/18/2017||BLACH(L)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||5-7||L||165||11.5 ov||O||9||8||0||13||7||1|
|6/19/2017||CUETO(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)|| |
|6/20/2017||MOORE(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|6/21/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ATLANTA||COLON(R)|| |
|6/22/2017||CAIN(R)||@ ATLANTA||GARCIA(L)|| |
|6/23/2017||BLACH(L)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|6/24/2017|| ||NY METS|| || |
|6/25/2017|| ||NY METS|| || |
|6/26/2017|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|6/9/2017||TEHERAN(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||3-2||W||+110||9.5 ov||U||9||8||0||5||6||0|
|6/10/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||1-6||L||-105||9.5 ov||U||6||10||2||7||9||3|
|6/10/2017||WISLER(R)||NY METS||MATZ(L)||1-8||L||+135||9.5 ov||U||5||6||2||12||9||0|
|6/11/2017||GARCIA(L)||NY METS||LUGO(R)||1-2||L||-135||8.5 ov||U||6||7||0||8||8||0|
|6/12/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||11-10||W||210||9 un||O||11||7||0||17||10||2|
|6/13/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROSS(R)||5-10||L||170||10 un||O||13||9||0||14||5||0|
|6/14/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||13-2||W||160||9.5 ev||O||16||7||1||7||4||1|
|6/19/2017||DICKEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)|| |
|6/20/2017||TEHERAN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)|| |
|6/21/2017||COLON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|6/22/2017||GARCIA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|6/24/2017|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|6/25/2017|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: 2016: 87-75, second place
Manager: Bruce Bochy (11th season)
Who's new? RHP Mark Melancon, C Nick Hundley, IF Jae-Gyun Hwang
Who's gone? OF Angel Pagan, OF Gregor Blanco, RHP Jake Peavy, RHP Santiago Casilla, RHP Sergio Romo, LHP Javier Lopez
Projected lineup: CF Denard Span (.266, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 12 SB), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17 , 82), C Buster Posey (.288, 14, 80), RF Hunter Pence (.289, 13, 57), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12, 84), 3B Eduardo Nunez (.288, 16, 67, 40 SBs with Giants and Twins), 2B Joe Panik (.239, 10, 62), LF Jarrett Parker (.236, 5, 14) or Mac Williamson (.223, 6, 15)
Rotation: LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA), RH Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79), RH Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81), LH Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 with Giants and Rays), RH Matt Cain (4-8, 5.64)
Key relievers: RH Mark Melancon (2-2, 1.64, 47/51 SV with Nationals), RH Hunter Strickland (3-3, 3.10), RH Derek Law (4-2, 2.13), LH Steven Okert (0-0, 3.21) or Josh Osich (1-3, 4.71), RH Cory Gearrin (3-2, 4.28), RH George Kontos (3-2, 2.53)
Hot spot: Bullpen and left field. No team blew more saves last year than the Giants. The front office hopes it found the answer by signing three-time All-Star closer Melancon to a (then-record) four-year, $62 million deal, and by cutting ties with Romo and Casilla. They will need to replace Will Smith, a key lefty who tore his UCL in spring training. Veteran outfielder Pagan left after five seasons in San Francisco. Rather than fill his shoes via free agency or trade, the unproven tandem of Williamson and Parker is expected to share time in left.
Outlook: The Giants have an established core of position players, and an enviable 1-2 rotation punch in Bumgarner and Cueto. That's probably why the front office did little in the offseason besides overhaul the back end of the bullpen. Hwang, who hit 26 home runs and drove in 104 last year in Korea, is an intriguing addition to the bench. Mostly the Giants are counting on continuity. Former NL MVP Posey is coming off a below-average season by his standards, and sparkplug Pence missed nearly two months last year with a hamstring injury. Expecting both to bounce back isn't a stretch, and new closer Melancon is as good as they come. At full strength, this Giants team should be able to give the Dodgers a good run.
|ATLANTA: 2016: 68-93, fifth place
Manager: Brian Snitker (second season)
Who's new? 2B Brandon Phillips, 2B Micah Johnson, C Kurt Suzuki, IF/OF Sean Rodriguez, SP Bartolo Colon, SP R.A. Dickey, SP Jaime Garcia
Who's gone? OF Mallex Smith, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Chris Withrow, RHP Ryan Weber
Projected lineup: CF Ender Inciarte (.291, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 16 SB), SS Dansby Swanson (.302, 3, 17), 1B Freddie Freeman (.302, 34, 91), LF Matt Kemp (.280, 12, 39 with Padres and Braves), RF Nick Markakis (.269, 13, 89), 2B Brandon Phillips (.291, 11, 64, 14 SB), 3B Adonis Garcia (.273, 14, 65), C Tyler Flowers (.270, 8, 41)
Rotation: RH Julio Teheran (7-10, 3.21), RH Bartolo Colon (15-8, 3.43 with Mets), LH Jaime Garcia (10-13, 4.67 with Cardinals), RH R.A. Dickey (10-15, 4.46 with Blue Jays), RH Mike Foltynewicz (9-5, 4.31)
Key relievers: RH Jim Johnson (2-6, 3.06 ERA, 20/23 SV), RH Arodys Vizcaino (1-4, 4.42, 10/14 SV), RH Mauricio Cabrera (5-1, 2.82), LH Ian Krol (2-0, 3.18), RH Jose Ramirez (2-2, 3.58), RH Josh Collmenter (1-0, 4.84 with Diamondbacks)
Hot spots: Second base and rotation. Phillips, acquired from the Reds in February, is a placeholder for prospect Ozzie Albies at second base. Albies, 20, won the Double-A Southern League batting title in 2016 and is a potential September call-up at least. The rotation is in a similar state of transition, but it's more complicated. Veterans Teheran, Colon, Dickey and Garcia have jobs for now. Youngsters Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair, Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Sean Newcomb are pushing to seize long-term spots.
Outlook: In the inaugural season at SunTrust Park, the Braves will try to crack .500 for the first time since 2013. Their rebuilding work isn't finished, but the front office added about $30 million in salary over the winter. That ought to be enough to make the Braves watchable again. Now, the veterans trying to extend their careers in Atlanta (Colon, Dickey, Phillips, Kemp) are almost as intriguing as the prospects. The sight of 23-year-old shortstop Swanson backing up 40-something pitchers Colon and Dickey could be something special.
ATLANTA -- A rematch between two veteran right-handers is on tap when the San Francisco Giants meet the Atlanta Braves in their first visit to new SunTrust Park.
The series opener features Atlanta's R.A. Dickey (4-5, 5.35 ERA) against San Francisco's Johnny Cueto (5-6, 4.57 ERA). The same pitchers faced off on May 28, with Cueto and the Giants coming away with a 7-1 victory.
Cueto pitched six strong innings in that outing, allowing one run on six hits, with eight strikeouts. On the other side, Dickey struggled to go six innings in that meeting and allowed seven runs (six earned) on six hits and five walks.
That turned out to be one of Cueto's best starts of the season. In his three appearances since, Cueto has gone 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. He survived only 5 2/3 innings against Kansas City on June 14 when he allowed five runs on 10 hits, three of them home runs, and three walks.
"For him to give up three home runs, that's not Johnny," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said after the game. "Pitch count was up there. He was just off a little bit."
Dickey has been even more inconsistent. He is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in his three starts since facing the Giants. After his best effort of the season, a seven-inning stint against the Phillies in which he allowed one run and struck out a season-high eight batters, Dickey came back to allow eight runs in five innings against the Nationals. He gave up back-to-back homers in the first inning against Washington and was knocked out of the game without retiring a batter in the sixth.
"I made some really good pitches that inning and they just found some holes," Dickey said afterward. "And then I made a mistake and got punished."
In eight career starts against the Braves, Cueto is 2-3 with a 3.58 ERA. He has 43 strikeouts in 50 1/3 total innings against Atlanta. Dickey is 2-2 with a 3.79 ERA in six career starts against San Francisco, with 25 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings
The series will match teams with pitching staffs that have struggled all season. The Braves (31-37) rank 11th in the National League in ERA (4.69), 12th in runs allowed, 11th in home runs allowed, and 15th in strikeouts. The Giants (26-45) are 10th in ERA (4.90), 10th in runs allowed, 15th in hits allowed and 10th in strikeouts.
This will be the second series between the teams this season. The Giants took two of three when the teams played in San Francisco May 26-28.
The Braves won two of three games in their series against the Miami Marlins last weekend, both wins coming in the last inning on walk-off singles by second baseman Brandon Phillips. The win put Atlanta into a second-place tie with the New York Mets in the N.L. East, 10 1/2 games behind Washington.
The Giants suffered a four-game sweep in Colorado and lost on Nolan Arenado's three-run homer in the ninth inning on Sunday by a 7-5 score. San Francisco has lost six straight and is in last place in the N.L. West, 19 1/2 games behind the Rockies.
|Last Updated: 8/18/2017 5:01:15 PM EST|