September 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit (52, right) celebrates with catcher Hector Sanchez (29, left) after the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants will kick off the 2014 season with a four game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks currently sit 0-2 after their series in Australia against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last night, the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres kicked off NL West action on home soil, with the Padres winning 3-1. Here is all you need to know for the Giants opening series.

Pitching Matchups

Madison Bumgarner                                Brandon McCarthy

Matt Cain                                                     Wade Miley

Tim Hudson                                                Trevor Cahill

Tim Lincecum                                             TBC

Probable Lineups

Angel Pagan CF                                                                       A.J. Pollock CF

Brandon Belt 1B                                                                      Aaron Hill 2B

Buster Posey C                                                                       Paul Goldschmidt 1B

Hunter Pence RF                                                                     Martin Prado 3B

Pablo Sandoval 3B                                                                 Mark Trumbo LF

Mike Morse LF                                                                         Miguel Montero C

Joaquin Arias 2B                                                                    Chris Owings SS

Brandon Crawford SS                                                          Gerardo Parra RF

 

Juan Perez, Gregor Blanco OF                                          Tony Campana OF

Brandon Hicks, Ehire Adrianza IF                                     Cliff Pennington IF

                                                                                                    Eric Chavez IF

Hector Sanchez C                                                                  Tuffy Gosewisch C

Bullpens

Sergio Romo                                          Addison Reed

Santiago Casilla                                    J.J. Putz

Javier Lopez                                           Brad Ziegler

J.C. Gutierrez                                         Oliver Perez

Yusmeiro Petit                                       Joe Thatcher

David Huff                                               Ryan Rowland-Smith

Jean Machi                                             Will Harris and Josh Collmenter

Key Players

Paul Goldschmidt had a MVP calibre year in 2013, hitting 36 home runs and batting in 125 runners. Once more, in 2014, Goldschmidt will be a key player for the Diamondbacks and will be pivotal if the Diamondbacks are to succeed. Countering for the Giants, Hunter Pence and Buster Posey will be catalysts in the middle of the lineup. This matchup could potentially decide the series.

With Patrick Corbin injured, and Wade Miley not ready, the pitching match-ups are favoured towards the Giants. Madison Bumgarner will start his first ever opening day, and should well defeat Brandon McCarthy. Matt Cain and Miley will be a close duel before the two Tims will aim to close out the series for the Giants.

 

 

 

 

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