May 6, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson (17) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-Game & Lineups: San Francisco Giants Look To Take Series From Dodgers With Return Of Kershaw

May 6, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson (17) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants will face Clayton Kershaw (2.0, 0.66 ERA) and the Dodgers today at 1:10pm PT. Kershaw returned from a 15-day DL stint just in time to start the final of a four game series at Dodger Stadium. Tim Hudson (4-2, 1.99 ERA) will make the start for the Giants and has been the ace of the starting pitching staff so far this season.

Hudson has had a phenomenal start to the season, and currently has the highest strikeout to walk ratio in MLB at 12.00 (12 strikeouts per walk issued). His walk rate is .5 per nine innings which also leads the MLB. According to Baseball Reference, he’s faced 202 batters already in 2014.

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Now time to address the Giants offense ‘issue.’

Pablo Sandoval needs to step it up, especially now that the Giants have lost Brandon Belt for at least 4-6 weeks. Sandoval has a shockingly-low .171 batting average and only has six RBIs in 34 games (or in 123 at bats if you want to know how bad the situation really is).  I tried looking at game logs to find a silver lining but unfortunately there is none. In the month of May, he’s batting .148 with an embarrassing .185 slugging percentage. I’m completely puzzled why he is batting cleanup today.

It looks like the left-handers are out of the Giants’ lineup today. Instead we have Joaquin Arias starting at 1B, Ehire Adrianza SS, and Juan Perez in LF.  

Lineups: 

Other updates: Brandon Belt will be having surgery on Tuesday.

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