Know Your Foe #36: Oh Good, the Giants Again.

July 20, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Giants defeated the Phillies, 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
It seems like it was just yesterday when we last played the Giants.

Oh. Well, maybe not yesterday, but this time last week we were reading something about the Giants. Maybe because we played them last weekend. Well, "played" is kind of a loose term. Over that 3 game set, the Giants outscored the Rockies 25-13. Leading up to that series, the Giants had scored double-digit runs in all of 2 games in the 2012 campaign: a 14-7 barnburner against Miami and a 10-0 slaughtering of the hapless Astros (Actually, J.A. Happ started that game, so maybe we should find another adjective).

After the sweep of Colorado, SF went on to drop their opener against the Cardinals, 2-8, won game 2 on the wings of one of those befuddling Barry Zito starts, committed hate crimes against Joe Kelly, Brian Fuentes, and Mitchell Boggs (15-0), and finally dropped a pitching duel against Adam Wainwright.

Little did I know when beginning this article that the Giants, after their 15-0 rout of the Cardinals, were leading the league in runs scored on the road. The Giants. Leading the league in runs scored in ANY split. that's unbelievable. I fully credit Brett Pill. Ok, no I don't, but I'm just hoping that some Giants fans snuck over to read this preview, read that line, and proceeded to throw a tantrum.

The even better news for the 1st place Giants is that help is on the way for them.


Pablo Sandoval

#48 / Third Base / San Francisco Giants

5-11

240

B

R

Aug 11, 1986


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Pablo Sandoval 62 234 36 70 19 1 8 33 19 36 0 0 .299 .352 .491


Behind Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval has been the next biggest contributor offensively to the Giants. He has only played in 62 games this season, compiling his above-stated batting line, but has historically been one of the better bats in the Giants lineup. Luckily, the Rockies will likely miss Sandoval this series, as he'll be starting a rehab assignment with the CAL San Jose Giants (same division as our own Modesto Nuts, if you weren't aware) by playing 5 innings at 3B.

Sandoval has posted a career line of .269/.330/.538 against the Rockies with 11 HR. The only other team he's taken yard more is the Padres, with 12 bombs.

Downside for the Rockies' attempts to repeat the "knock the 1st place team out of 1st in the NL West" game, especially with Sandoval still out, is that Marco Scutaro has been killing it in Orange, batting .346/.379/.481 since the trade. Thanks, Scoots.

Upside is that the Giants are the 2nd-to-worst team in the majors hitting at the home (81 wRC+), just ahead of the Mariners (65 wRC+).

Expected Pitching Matchups:
Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 8:35PM MT
(Late start due to Giants honoring Matt Cain for his perfect game.)
Tyler Chatwood vs Tim Lincecum

Saturday, August 11, 2012 @ 2:05PM MT
Drew Pomeranz vs Matt Cain

Sunday, August 12, 2012 @ 2:05PM MT
Alex White vs Barry Zito


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Melky Cabrera 108 438 80 154 24 10 11 57 35 61 12 5 .352 .395 .527
Marco Scutaro 13 52 5 18 4 0 1 14 4 3 0 1 .346 .379 .481
Buster Posey 101 365 48 120 23 0 18 73 45 65 1 1 .329 .400 .540
Pablo Sandoval 62 234 36 70 19 1 8 33 19 36 0 0 .299 .352 .491
Angel Pagan 105 406 54 114 20 6 7 41 33 67 19 5 .281 .332 .411
Hector Sanchez 44 139 13 39 8 0 2 26 3 30 0 0 .281 .290 .381
Ryan Theriot 80 303 40 80 13 1 0 26 22 41 12 4 .264 .313 .314
Joaquin Arias 73 226 20 58 8 3 1 17 11 28 4 1 .257 .296 .332
Nate Schierholtz 77 175 15 44 4 5 5 16 18 36 3 2 .251 .321 .417
Brandon Belt 97 262 30 65 16 4 4 33 40 80 9 1 .248 .345 .385
Brandon Crawford 101 326 26 77 19 2 3 33 23 72 1 3 .236 .292 .334
Gregor Blanco 97 294 47 69 10 4 5 27 41 72 19 3 .235 .330 .347
Emmanuel Burriss 52 131 15 28 1 0 0 6 10 24 5 2 .214 .273 .221
Brett Pill 42 95 9 20 3 0 4 11 5 19 1 0 .211 .265 .368
Matt Cain 25 50 3 8 2 0 1 3 1 24 0 0 .160 .176 .260
Justin Christian 22 38 6 6 1 0 0 1 3 3 2 1 .158 .220 .184
Madison Bumgarner 23 52 3 8 1 0 1 2 0 17 0 0 .154 .154 .231
Hunter Pence 9 39 2 6 3 0 0 7 1 10 1 0 .154 .171 .231
Conor Gillaspie 6 20 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 .150 .150 .200
Aubrey Huff 34 61 7 9 3 0 1 6 12 9 0 0 .148 .284 .246
Charles Culberson 6 22 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 .136 .136 .136
Eli Whiteside 6 8 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .125 .300 .250
Tim Lincecum 23 33 2 3 0 0 0 3 4 21 0 0 .091 .189 .091
Barry Zito 22 34 2 3 0 0 0 2 5 6 0 0 .088 .205 .088
Ryan Vogelsong 21 41 3 3 1 0 0 0 2 27 0 0 .073 .136 .098
Eric Hacker 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Santiago Casilla 48 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Steve Edlefsen 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Danny Otero 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Shane Loux 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Clay Hensley 48 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeremy Affeldt 43 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Javier Lopez 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Mijares 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
George Kontos 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Travis Blackley 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brian Wilson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sergio Romo 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Penny 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Guillermo Mota 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Jose Mijares 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.00 2.00
Sergio Romo 3-2 44 0 0 0 5 1 35.0 23 8 8 3 10 42 2.06 .94
Ryan Vogelsong 10-5 21 21 0 0 0 0 143.0 111 38 36 10 48 105 2.27 1.11
George Kontos 0-0 23 0 0 0 0 0 23.2 20 9 6 2 6 23 2.28 1.10
Jeremy Affeldt 1-1 43 0 0 0 3 1 45.2 39 17 13 1 13 40 2.56 1.14
Matt Cain 10-5 25 22 2 2 0 0 152.1 125 56 51 17 32 142 3.01 1.03
Madison Bumgarner 12-7 23 23 1 1 0 0 154.2 129 59 53 18 31 144 3.08 1.03
Javier Lopez 3-0 50 0 0 0 1 2 24.1 29 11 9 1 12 21 3.33 1.68
Santiago Casilla 4-5 48 0 0 0 24 6 40.1 37 19 15 7 16 44 3.35 1.31
Clay Hensley 3-3 48 0 0 0 2 1 40.1 33 19 15 2 26 34 3.35 1.46
Barry Zito 9-8 22 22 1 1 0 0 129.0 122 66 60 17 54 75 4.19 1.36
Eric Hacker 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 8 3 3 0 2 7 4.50 1.67
Steve Edlefsen 0-1 14 0 0 0 0 0 15.1 20 8 8 1 6 9 4.70 1.70
Brad Penny 0-1 13 0 0 0 0 0 18.0 23 11 10 2 3 5 5.00 1.44
Guillermo Mota 0-1 9 0 0 0 0 0 10.2 13 7 6 2 4 9 5.06 1.59
Tim Lincecum 6-11 23 23 0 0 0 0 129.1 131 81 78 14 62 139 5.43 1.49
Shane Loux 0-0 14 0 0 0 0 0 20.2 27 14 13 3 6 9 5.66 1.60
Danny Otero 0-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 8.1 14 9 8 0 2 4 8.64 1.92
Travis Blackley 0-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 7 6 5 0 2 2 9.00 1.80
Brian Wilson 0-0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.0 4 2 2 0 2 2 9.00 3.00


San Francisco Giants Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Freddy Sanchez shoulder 03/26/2012
Dan Runzler other-excused 03/26/2012
Pablo Sandoval hamstring 07/25/2012
Aubrey Huff knee 07/31/2012
Shane Loux neck 08/07/2012

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Eric Surkamp elbow 03/26/2012
Brian Wilson elbow 04/13/2012
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