Monday’s lineups and notes from the beat: Belt and Pagan updates, Giants finally not facing really good pitcher

I was away from a computer for the vast majority of Thursday through Sunday, and watched about zero Giants baseball in that time. That means I missed news on Marco Scutaro and Hector Sanchez going to the DL with Andrew Susac getting the call, Tony Abreu coming back, Dan Uggla getting called up, Jake Peavy being a Giant and Edwin Escobar plus Heath Hembree changing socks colors. That’s a lot happening for a couple weeks, much less a few days. The Dodgers have a day off today before opening an eight-game homestand and a ten day LA stay. The Giants are a half-game ahead of the Cardinals for the second wild card spot and are one-and-a-half games ahead of their next series opponent, the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bucs won a series against the Dodgers while the Giants were beating up on the Phillies but then turned around and lost a series to the Rockies with a pair of 8-1 losses. They begin their series with the Giants with the contact-able Vance Worley. Take a look at the StS, the swinging strikes that Worley gets — even if he gets hitters off-balance, he still gets his pitches hit for the most part. With a 2014 BABIP of .287 and a career average of .321, forgive that I am waiting for the Giants to get on Worley like the Cardinals did. However, his walks are down to a very acceptable level at a 4.2% ratio.

Date Opp Rslt Inngs IP H ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB
Jun 15 @ MIA L,2-3 GS-7 7.0 5 0 0 5 0 0.00 26 95 68 28 5 7 14
Jun 21 @ CHC W,5-3 GS-7 6.2 5 3 1 4 1 1.98 26 89 68 14 3 8 13
Jun 26 NYM W,5-2 GS-7 7.0 7 1 2 3 1 1.74 28 100 70 18 6 12 10
July Opp Rslt Inngs IP H ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB
Jul 3 ARI L,2-10 GS-7 7.0 4 3 2 6 1 2.28 27 87 59 22 5 8 11
Jul 8 @ STL L,4-5 GS-5 5.0 9 4 0 3 0 3.03 23 75 49 14 4 11 9
Jul 13 @ CIN L,3-6 6-7 2.0 4 2 0 1 1 3.38 10 38 24 8 2 5 4
Jul 22 LAD W,12-7 GS-6 6.0 7 1 2 5 0 3.10 28 98 69 22 3 9 12
40.2 41 14 7 27 4 3.10 168
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/28/2014.

Here are the boys that will be backing him tonight:

I still don’t know why Josh Harrison was an All-Star. Oh well. Giants don’t miss Pirates prospect Gregory Polanco this time. 

Joe Panik‘s back in the lineup and Hunter Pence is back hitting leadoff. 

Here’s what Madison Bumgarner‘s splits look like, as Madison Bumgarner looks to go against eight right-handed hitters in tonight’s Pirates lineup:     

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO SO/W BA OBP SLG GDP
vs RHB 449 104 24 1 10 31 98 3.16 .254 .310 .390 11
vs LHB 133 32 8 0 1 3 43 14.33 .258 .271 .347 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/28/2014.

Similar batting averages, but definitely not similar strikeout-to-walk ratios. Neil Walker the only LHH in the lineup for the Pirates tonight. Polanco is a switch-hitter. 

Other notes from the beat’s conversations with manager Bruce Bochy, starting with Angel Pagan

Next, Brandon Belt appears to be getting better, which of course, is a good sign.

Other news out of the catching department, as Andrew Susac knows he’ll get a start soon. Hector Sanchez reportedly failed his concussion test.  

For those interested:

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15PM PST. Go Giants.

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