The Marlins have won nine straight against the Giants at AT&T Park, and despite their record coming into the series, they have already guaranteed at least a split of the four-game set in San Francisco. The Giants offense hasn’t done enough while the bullpen has seen the games slip away, and days like these have put into focus what the losses of Ryan Vogelsong and Chad Gaudin have meant for the ‘pen. Barry Zito has had four outings of seven innings this season, but none longer as he goes against this Marlins lineup:
Ruggiano lf, Lucas 2b, Stanton rf, Ozuna rf, Morrison 1b, Hechavarria ss, Polanco 3b, Mathis c, Turner p
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) June 22, 2013
Jacob Turner, one of the players dealt to the Marlins in the Anibal Sanchez trade with Detroit, has only had four starts this year at the big league level as he was given time to figure things out at the Triple-A stage in the beginning of the season. Looking at his game logs, less than three earned runs, and keeping a one-baserunner per inning in three of his four starts, he’s giving his team a chance to win. As for what he throws, the frequency, and the velocity, you’ll see a four pitch mix:
The right-handed twenty-two year old will square off against these guys:
Blanco LF, Scutaro 2B, Posey C, Pence RF, Belt 1B, Crawford SS, Noonan 3B, Perez CF, Zito P. #sfgiants.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) June 22, 2013
A day after Hector Sanchez got on base twice, I secretly had nightmares that he was going to be in the lineup for five straight days, but there’s Brandon Belt back in there in the five spot. Bruce Bochy said that depending on how Brandon Crawford feels in batting practice today, he’ll either stay in the lineup, or rest another day and let Joaquin Arias get the start in his place.
One of the stories of today’s start will be Barry Zito and the loss of his father, Joe. After hearing of his loss, Zito told Bochy that he wanted to keep his turn in the rotation. We always pull for Zito, but today’s support will be a little different knowing the story behind the current events in his life.
Today’s game is at 1:05PM PST. If you’re wondering if you’re going to be subjected to the FOX blackout, don’t worry, that’s for the 4:05PM PST games.