|SAN FRANCISCO ( SAMARDZIJA )|
ST LOUIS ( MARTINEZ )
|909||SAN FRANCISCO||+145||Ov 8,+105||+130||Ov 7.5,-110|
|910||ST LOUIS||-155||Un 8,-125||-140||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-15||-8.5||10-12||3.6||0.230||0.285||0.355||0.640||4.9||0.270||0.330||0.425||0.755|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6.2||4-3||4.4||0.262||0.304||0.399||0.703||3.1||0.240||0.305||0.360||0.665|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-13||+2.6||19-11||4.7||0.268||0.337||0.411||0.748||4.1||0.253||0.318||0.392||0.710|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.7||5-2||4.4||0.259||0.335||0.397||0.732||4.0||0.224||0.315||0.366||0.681|
|5/6/2017||BLACH(L)||@ CINCINNATI||GARRETT(L)||2-14||L||120||9 ov||O||5||7||1||18||8||1|
|5/7/2017||CUETO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||FELDMAN(R)||0-4||L||-110||8.5 ov||U||4||5||1||7||5||0|
|5/8/2017||MOORE(L)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-4||L||140||7 ev||P||5||5||0||11||11||0|
|5/9/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||1-6||L||100||7 ev||P||2||5||0||13||7||0|
|5/10/2017||CAIN(R)||@ NY METS||MILONE(L)||6-5||W||130||8 ov||O||11||10||1||11||11||1|
|5/15/2017||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||MCCARTHY(R)||8-4||W||+135||7.5 ov||O||10||5||0||8||6||1|
|5/16/2017||BLACH(L)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||2-1||W||+155||7.5 un||U||11||7||0||7||6||0|
|5/17/2017||CUETO(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-6||L||+170||6.5 ov||O||4||2||0||9||5||0|
|5/19/2017||MOORE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||6-5||W||135||8.5 un||O||13||12||0||8||5||1|
|5/20/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||CAIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/22/2017||BLACH(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|5/23/2017||CUETO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|5/24/2017||MOORE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BUTLER(R)|| |
|5/25/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|5/6/2017||LEAKE(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||5-3||W||110||8.5 ev||U||12||9||1||4||3||1|
|5/7/2017||WACHA(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||6-4||W||-105||9 ov||O||10||8||2||11||11||1|
|5/8/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)||9-4||W||-120||8 ov||O||10||9||0||7||2||2|
|5/9/2017||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)||6-5||W||100||8 ov||O||9||4||0||6||4||1|
|5/10/2017||LYNN(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||7-5||W||105||8.5 ov||O||12||9||0||9||11||1|
|5/12/2017||LEAKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||BUTLER(R)||2-3||L||-130||8.5 ev||U||4||7||1||6||9||1|
|5/13/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||5-3||W||-115||7.5 ov||O||8||5||1||6||7||2|
|5/14/2017||WAINWRIGHT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||5-0||W||+105||8.5 ev||U||12||8||0||4||6||0|
|5/19/2017||WACHA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||5-6||L||-145||8.5 un||O||8||5||1||13||12||0|
|5/20/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||WAINWRIGHT(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/23/2017||LYNN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/24/2017||LEAKE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)|| |
|5/25/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)|| |
|5/26/2017||WACHA(R)||@ COLORADO||SENZATELA(R)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|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.
|ST LOUIS: 2016: 86-76, second place
Manager: Mike Matheny (sixth season)
Who's new? OF Dexter Fowler, C Eric Fryer, LH Brett Cecil
Who's gone? 1B Brandon Moss, OF Matt Holliday, OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, RHP Jaime Garcia, RHP Seth Maness, RHP Jerome Williams
Projected lineup: CF Dexter Fowler (.276, 13 HR, 48 RBI, 13 SB with Cubs), SS Aledmys Diaz (.300, 17, 65), 1B Matt Carpenter (.271, 21, 68), RF Stephen Piscotty (.273, 22, 85), C Yadier Molina (.307, 8, 58), 3B Jedd Gyorko (.243, 30, 59), 2B Kolten Wong (.240, 5, 23), LF Randal Grichuk (.240, 24, 68)
Rotation: RH Carlos Martinez (16-9, 3.04 ERA), RH Adam Wainwright (13-9, 4.62), RH Mike Leake (9-12, 4.69), RH Michael Wacha (7-7, 5.09), RH Lance Lynn (did not pitch - Tommy John surgery)
Key relievers: RH Seung-hwan Oh (6-3, 1.92 ERA 19/23 SV), LH Kevin Siegrist (6-3, 2.77), RH Trevor Rosenthal (2-4, 4.46, 14/18 SV), LH Brett Cecil (1-7, 3.93 with Blue Jays), RH Jonathan Broxton (4-2, 4.30), RH Matt Bowman (2-5, 3.46), RH Miguel Socolovich (1-0, 2.00)
Hot spots: Rotation. The back end looked like a big leap of faith when spring training began. Wainwright and Wacha are coming off their worst seasons. Another 2013 World Series mainstay, Lynn, didn't pitch last season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. Then, on the first day of camp, 22-year-old right-hander Alex Reyes learned he needed Tommy John himself. That leaves a lot of question marks after ace Martinez ' more than any Cardinals staff has faced in years.
Outlook: This 40-man roster hints at a team in transition. Venerable 34-year-old catcher Molina is still St. Louis' biggest star. Reyes' injury hurts the youth movement, but the Cardinals are still stacked with talented 20-something sluggers ' Piscotty, Diaz, Gyorko and Grichuk ' who could emerge as household names. Adding Fowler's speed and patience should complement an already deep lineup. The pitching staff is a different matter. Barring a big resurgence from Wainwright, Lynn and Wacha (or a big trade) it's hard to see the Cardinals contending for more than a wild card spot in the Cubs' shadow.
|Giants on upward swing going into game vs. Cardinals|
ST. LOUIS -- Going into the ninth inning of a May 10 game at the New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants were trailing 3-2 and hadn't rallied for a road win when trailing in the ninth since 2015.
They've now done it in two straight on the road, which is one reason they enter Saturday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals with a much-needed boost of confidence.
After scoring four in the ninth inning last week to knock off New York, San Francisco erased a 5-4 deficit in the ninth Friday night on Eduardo Nunez's two-run double to take a 6-5 win, just its seventh in 22 road games this year.
"We showed what this team has had for years -- fight, courage, will," closer Mark Melancon said of the comeback. "We had all that tonight."
The Giants (18-25) still have plenty of work to do to catch the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks atop the National League West. But after being 11-23 just over a week ago, they at least have taken steps in the right direction.
The prime reason has been an offense that appears to be hitting its stride, even though the likes of Hunter Pence and Aaron Hill are still struggling. San Francisco collected 13 hits on Friday, getting three each from Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford, and two RBIs singles from Denard Span.
"The boys kept battling," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Look how the (ninth inning) came together -- good two-strike hitting by Crawford and then the big hit by (Nunez)."
The Giants will need to keep battling against Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez (3-3, 3.88), who has won his last three outings after going 0-3 in his first five starts. Martinez is coming off a 5-3 win on May 13 against the Chicago Cubs, giving up three runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Martinez is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in his career as a starter against San Francisco, winning on June 5, 2016, in his last outing against the Giants as he gave up three runs in six innings of a 6-3 decision. What's more, Martinez has been a threat offensively, driving in five runs in his last two starts while going 4-for-6.
He'll be opposed by right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who finally notched his first win of 2017 on Sunday against Cincinnati. Samardzija (1-5, 5.26) permitted nine hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings, fanning eight.
It has been a weird season for Samardzija, who has struck out 63 batters in 53 innings but allowed allowed 54 hits, including seven homers. He's 4-3 with a 4.32 ERA in 21 career outings against the Cardinals, losing once in two starts last year.
After winning eight of nine games to jump into first place in the NL Central, St. Louis (21-18) has lost three straight. It blew a 4-0 lead Wednesday night in a 5-4, 13-inning loss to Boston and coughed up a pair of two-run leads in Friday night's setback.
"You feel like you got yourself in the right position a couple of times and we just can't put it away," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Those are hard to have."
|Last Updated: 9/21/2017 12:10:16 AM EST|