After Friday’s game, the San Francisco Giants were looking at being 1-9 in their last ten games and were lucky that the San Diego Padres were able to steal away from the Los Angeles Dodgers, perhaps preventing them from being swept while the Giants managed to take two of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Remember that six-game losing streak the Giants had? The Rockies just reached that point yesterday after beginning the first half of their homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers. So, when you look at the MLB standings page, this is what you’ll see before Monday’s games:
As for what the other teams in the division are up to this week…
- The Diamondbacks have a week that was like what the Giants had when they went to Chicago: a day off before and after their two-game series with Cleveland in Arizona, and then a weekend series with San Diego
- The Padres be in San Francisco to play the Giants for three, get a day off, and then will be at home to take on the last place Diamondbacks
- The Rockies get three at home with the Cardinals and then will go to Milwaukee for a four-game set, hoping to repay the favor of getting swept
- The Dodgers will be in Missouri playing Kansas City and then will come back to LA to play a team that calls Missouri home in St. Louis for a four-game series
As for the Giants, they have the Padres coming to town for three games and then have the 2012 NLDS opponent Cincinnati Reds coming to town for four games. The Padres are ten games below-.500 on the road at 13-23 and the Reds (37-37) are only one game under on the road at 18-19. Here are the probables for the week ahead.
Despite having quite the name, Despaigne, whom will be making his MLB debut tonight, he is not ranked by MLB.com as one of the Padres top twenty prospects. Looking at his MiLB game log, tended to allow his hits and walks, but also getting at least six strikeouts a game in all but one start across starts in AA and AAA.
Hahn has had a pretty good start to 2014, with a 27% K% and 10% BB% along with an ERA in the low-2’s. His ground ball rate is in the high-fifties but currently has a 22.2% home run to fly ball rate. The Giants will hope to raise that (but chances are they won’t).
I feel like I’ve seen this matchup before. I’m sure Kennedy probably feels like he’s pitched better than his near-4 ERA suggests, and his FIP backs him up. A .314 BABIP probably isn’t helping, but his strikeout and walk ratios are definitely helping him in having a decent season.
Leake struck out six Giants when they met up at Great American Ball Park, but he also surrendered eight hits, issued a walk, and most importantly, allowed two home runs, the first to Michael Morse that gave the Giants the lead, and the second that extended the lead to 5-1 when Brandon Crawford went full-handsome.
Bumgarner seems to get the premier matchups, and this time he gets Cueto. Cueto’s 4.41 K/BB ratio is second on the pitching staff only to the 5.86 that Aroldis Chapman owns. Cueto’s 6.0% BB% is good, but that 0.84 WHIP and .216 BABIP are scary. If the Giants get an early run, Bumgarner might have to be happy with it, much like he had to be for most of the game on Sunday against the D-Backs.
Saturday, 7:05 PM PST: Alfredo Simon vs. Matt Cain
Simon has been one of the surprises of 2014, supported by a .243 BABIP, 6.1% BB% and a 82.6% LOB%, which is very good for a starter. Simon has a FIP in the fours so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were articles out there suggesting Simon is due for regression.
Sunday, 1:05 PM PST: Homer Bailey vs. Tim Hudson
Bailey pitched in an 8-3 win over the Giants, and allowed a home run to Hunter Pence in that game. Bailey, you’ll remember, also threw a no-hitter against the Giants. I’m hoping his .335 BABIP and 4.68 ERA show itself this game rather than that other Homer Bailey.
The Giants will welcome a day off following this week’s games of play. Go Giants.