The San Francisco Giants have lost consecutive games for the first time since May 16th-17th and are looking to avoid their second three-game losing streak of the season, the last coming April 17th-19th (the Giants don’t like playing on the 17th, evidently) when they lost the finale against the Dodgers and lost the first two against the Padres. To make matters slightly worse in this still very early stage of the divisional race, the Dodgers have won on both days the Giants lost to the Nationals. Tonight, it will be up to Matt Cain to shut down the Nationals and Tanner Roark will hope to continue the streak of holding the Giants under two runs. Here are the lineups for the two clubs tonight, starting with the A.J. Ramos-less Nats:
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As beat writer Henry Schulman noted, Brandon Crawford gets a try at the six spot tonight:
Tanner Roark isn’t going to wow you with velocity, but he’s been able to produce some solid results for the Nationals so far, with only two poor starts to speak of:
I think he wants to pitch against the Padres more often. About 58% of Roark’s pitches are sinkers, mixing his secondary pitches fairly evenly, which can help us understand how he might keep hitters guessing. He will throw his changeup rarely to RHH and the slider rarely to LHH. Still, his slider has been the most punished pitch so far in terms of batting average against and slugging percentage against:
He shows nearly the same distribution when there are two strikes, which makes predicting Roark a little difficult. His fastballs will sit low 90’s, change and slider in the low-mid 80’s, and the curve sits mid-70’s.
Matt Cain just came off of the DL and performed well against the Mets, whom the Giants ended up sweeping.
Matt Cain hasn’t been 100% this year, so I’m just looking forward to him finishing consecutive starts. Here’s how his pitches have done this year:
Eight homers allowed in 53.2 innings pitched, not a good ratio overall. Broadcast analyst Mike Krukow tells his audience that one home run allowed for every ten innings is acceptable. Three of them have come after Cain cut his finger.
Other news from around the league: