Friday’s lineups and pre-gamer: Bochy hopes Pagan will be back tomorrow, Scutaro takes BP and grounders with team

Two wins and eight losses in their last ten games, the Giants would love to get back on the winning side of the standings as they find their division lead isn’t the tall mountain it used to be. As bad as the Diamondbacks have been at home at 13-27, having Tim Lincecum on the mound may not instill confidence in the hearts of Giants fans. Also not having Angel Pagan in the lineup isn’t the most ideal spot to be in, but per the beat writers, manager Bruce Bochy hopes to have Pagan in the lineup tomorrow. For me, seeing will be believing. but per the beat writers, he was taking batting practice today. The big news of the day is that Marco Scutaro was in the locker room and on the field doing some baseball activities. I read Andrew Baggarly’s version of Scutaro’s conversation with the beat, but if you prefer to read Pav’s version, click this, meanwhile Hank Schulman’s twitter timeline before game time featured some pictures of Sctuaro. As I type this out, I notice Pavlovic just posted a video of Scutaro and Brandon Belt working. Good to see Marco on the field again, of course we hope he feels 100% soon.

Back to the game, and the lineups, personal catcher Hector Sanchez gets the start behind the plate and Buster Posey gets his usual assignment at first on days like this:

Paul Goldschmidt is the name to watch, as he’s had seven home runs in twenty-eight plate appearances against Lincecum in his career. That’s stupid ridiculous. Maybe just walk him every time? Small sample sizes be damned, hard to not feel like Goldschmidt has Lincecum’s number.

Josh Collmenter, the tomahawk throwing righty is no stranger to the Giants nor their fanbase, but has not started against the Giants since 2012. In 2013 and 2014 he’s only opposed them as a reliever. Collmenter for the most part is a cutter-changeup guy, with the cutter sitting 85-87, changeup 78-80, and the occasionally thrown curve at around 73. If you’re a hitter going up there guessing cutter, chances are you’ll be right the majority of the time.

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Tim Lincecum, although he throws more pitches, has a fastball that has looked so straight, and sometimes without command that hitters can either wait on a breaking ball, lay off the breaking pitches they know will be out of the zone, or wait for Timmy to groove a fastball in and absolutely punish it. I say this all the time, but if Timmy’s fastball command is there for him, chances are he can really be in for a good night. He does like to rely on fastball-slider to righties and fastball-split to lefties.

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First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM PST in the desert at Chase Field. I also put together some links that talked about a couple relievers in the Giants system, one on the big club, and one playing in San Jose, and I encourage you to take a look.


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