Welcome, Atlanta Braves to San Francisco. You’ve probably got that three-game sweep still in your heads since it ended eight days ago. We hope you enjoy your stay everywhere in San Francisco outside of AT&T Park. We know the Giants lineup will feature a little less thump now that Brandon Belt is sitting, but another thumper that is taking a break is none other than Buster Posey, so he’s getting a day. The Giants haven’t had a day off since May 1st and won’t get their next one until next Monday. The lineups for the visiting Braves:
5/12 @Braves lineup vs. SF Heyward RF J Upton LF Freeman 1B Johnson 3B Laird C B Upton CF Simmons SS Floyd P Pena 2B
— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) May 12, 2014
The best four hitters in the Braves lineup are in the top four spots, and their second baseman is batting ninth. Nice. Now for the home team:
Your eyes do not deceive you, that is indeed Pablo Sandoval in the three spot a day after collecting three hits off of Clayton Kershaw and company in Los Angeles in the extra inning win on Sunday. Here’s a fun game I like to call guess who these players are that are not doing so well against RHP so far this season:
Player A — .195/.234/.415 with a .274 wOBA and 38.3% K%
Player B — .184/.278/.263 with a .240 wOBA and 24.4% K%
Indeed, those players are your fifth and sixth batters in the lineup, Hector Sanchez (A) and Brandon Crawford (B)! Gosh, those are awful splits. If you should see one of these players strike out, maybe even twice against starter Gavin Floyd, don’t be surprised. Speaking of Floyd, he’s made one start this year and features a four-seam fastball and sinker that come in around 92 MPH, a mid-80’s slider and changeup, and a low-80’s curve. Hitters were putting up some pretty good numbers against his changeup and his slider. As for what hitters are being successful with off of Lincecum, both of his fastballs and his slider. Oh, if only old time Timmy were to come back and pitch for the Giants again.
A Monday roster move for you:
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 12, 2014
The Giants now have a thirteen man pitching staff, which seems like a high number, because it is a high number. Bochy trying to give some other guys a rest, I’m guessing.
Timmy is scheduled to throw his first pitch at 7:15 p.m. tonight.