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First Place Battle: San Francisco Giants Return Home To Face Atlanta Braves

The Giants, fresh off of a successful 3 team and 10 game road trip, 7-3 on the trip, return home to face the National League leading Atlanta Braves in first place battle. These 2 teams faced off 2 weeks ago, Giants swept the 3 game series in Atlanta despite going 0-13 with RISP.

In Game 1, tonight at 7:15 pm PT, Tim Lincecum (2-2, 5.55 ERA) faces off against Gavin Floyd (0-0, 1.29 ERA).

Lincecum struggled in his last start,  versus the Pirates in a 4-3 loss in which he gave up 8 hits 4 earned runs while walking 2 and striking out 4 in 4 innings pitched.
Floyd, making his season and Braves debut in his last start, versus St. Louis had a no decision. In 7 innings pitched, Floyd allowed 1 run 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5.
In Game 2 of the series, tomorrow at 7:15 pm PT, Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 3.93 ERA) faces Braves and left hander
Mike Minor
(0-2, 6.97 ERA)
Vogelgong has pitched really well in his last 3 starts, 20.1 innings pitched while allowing only 2 earned runs (0.90 ERA).
Minor making his third start of the season, second versus the Giants, has pitched 10.1 total innings this season and has given up 8 earned runs in 10.1 innings pitched (6.97 ERA). In his season debut start, Minor pitched 6 innings of 2 run ball versus the Giants in a 2-1 loss.
Game 3, Wednesday at 12:45 pm PT,  is a match up of both teams opening day starters.
Madison Bumgarner (4-3 2.83 ERA) faces Braves right hander
Julio Teheran
(2-2, 1.71 ERA)
In his last start, versus the Dodgers on Friday night, Bumgarner went 8 innings while giving up 1 run while walking 1 and striking out 8.
Teheran, like Bumgarner, in his last start went 8 innings while allowing 1 run while walking 2 and striking out 9 Cubs in a 3-2 victory.

Over the last 10 games, the Giants are 7-3 after the 10 game road trip that saw travel to Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. The Giants enter this series 2 games up in first place in the National League West.

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk R RA Home Road ExInn 1Run vRHP vLHP ≥.500 <.500 last10
1 SFG 24 14 .632 W 1 4.2 3.5 10-5 14-9 6-1 9-8 12-8 12-6 13-6 11-8 7-3
2 COL 23 17 .575 2.0 L 1 5.8 4.4 13-5 10-12 1-3 7-7 17-11 6-6 9-8 14-9 6-4
3 LAD 20 19 .513 4.5 L 1 4.1 3.9 7-12 13-7 3-7 4-7 15-14 5-5 7-14 13-5 3-7
4 SDP 18 21 .462 6.5 W 3 3.0 3.6 12-11 6-10 3-2 8-6 14-20 4-1 15-15 3-6 5-5
5 ARI 15 25 .375 10.0 W 2 3.8 5.4 3-15 12-10 3-0 7-4 13-17 2-8 8-16 7-9 7-3
Avg 20 19 .510 4.2 4.2 9-9 11-9 3-2 7-6 14-14 5-5 10-11 9-7 5-4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/12/2014.

The Braves are 4-6 in their last 10 games and are coming off of a 4-5 home stand, versus San Francisco, St. Louis and Chicago

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk R RA Home Road ≥.500 <.500 last10
1 ATL 21 15 .583 W 3 3.2 2.9 13-8 8-7 10-11 11-4 4-6
2 MIA 20 18 .526 2.0 L 3 4.4 4.0 17-5 3-13 13-9 7-9 6-4
3 WSN 19 18 .513 2.5 L 3 4.0 4.1 11-9 8-9 11-14 8-4 4-6
4 NYM 17 19 .472 4.0 W 1 3.9 4.2 9-10 8-9 10-16 7-3 2-8
5 PHI 17 19 .472 4.0 L 1 3.9 4.8 6-9 11-10 11-11 6-8 4-6
Avg 18 17 .514 3.9 4.0 11-8 7-9 11-12 7-5 4-6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/12/2014.
Who’s Hot:
Over the last 7 days,
Giants catcher Buster Posey is batting .455 (10-22) with 4 RBI 6 walks over that span.
Braves 3B Chris Johnson is batting .435 (10-23) with 3 RBI and 4 strike outs over that span.
Who’s Not:
Giants new 1B Michael Morse is batting .160 (4-25) with 2 RBI 1 walk and 7 strike outs over the last 7 days.
Braves CF B.J. Upton is batting .125 (2-16) with 1 RBI and 9 strike outs over the same 7 days.

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