Following a pretty good comeback yesterday afternoon by both squads, the Giants and Cubs meet up again for their third game of their four-game series on national television on FOX. All the regulars are in the lineup, and since today’s starter Jeff Samardzija throws with his right hand, Blanco’s in.
#SFGiants lineup: CF Pagan, 2B Scutaro, 3B Sandoval, C Posey, RF Pence, 1B Belt, LF Blanco, SS Crawford, P Rowengartner (AKA Bumgarner)
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) April 13, 2013
Just kidding, Angel Pagan (sore wrist) got scratched. Says he’s fine, but a new lineup gets posted:
New #SFGiants lineup: Blanco CF, Scutaro 2B, Sandoval 3B, Posey C, Pence RF, Belt 1B, Torres LF, Crawford SS, Bumgarner LHP
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) April 13, 2013
Well, at least Blanco has a career .350 OBP. Could be a lot worse, I guess.
Bench players Dave Sappelt, Alberto Gonzalez, get a start while Scott Hairston gets the platoon start while Schierholtz sits today. At least the Cubs will have a couple decent options off their bench for a pinch hitting role. Not sure I’d put a guy like Sappelt who pretty much as a career .300 OBP as your leadoff guy though. Thank you, Dale Sveum.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 13, 2013
Also, some injury news for the Cubs:
RT @insidethecubs: Fujikawa going on 15-day DL w/muscle strain in right forearm. Sveum’s going w/matchups i.e. Camp/Russell.
— Al Yellon (@bleedcubbieblue) April 13, 2013
In looking at the different ways you can quickly scout pitchers using Brooks Baseball, I’ve found this way is my favorite. Madison Bumgarner‘s ratios for pitch utilization:
For both sides, he really liked that fastball-slider combination, with the curveball an option except when the batter’s ahead and the changeup sparingly used. Looks like that when the batter gets ahead into fastball counts, it’ll be a coin flip between the fastball and the slider.
Talk about a “kitchen sink” type of guy, he really likes to use the split-finger fastball for his strikeout pitch, and will look to start the AB usually with either the four-, or two-seamer. There are a lot of patterns to keep in mind here, but these ratios really force hitters to stay honest about being able to recognize the pitch, see if it’s going to be in the strike zone, and then go at it. All in less than a second. And with the average velocity ranging from 83-96, you can see why that could pose a problem for Giants hitters.
Early start, the game is at 10:05AM PST on FOX.