After a couple of days to rest his bruised elbow, Pablo Sandoval returns to the San Francisco Giants lineup tonight against the Oakland A’s. Poor Joaquin Arias, his two hits were the only bright spot in an otherwise forgettable 5-0 loss last night in Oakland.
That’s a disturbing trend for the Giants. The team has been shut out four times in their last eight games and 9 times this season.
Bumgarner allowed 9 earned runs while losing his last 2 starts, both at home. The road is a different story. In his last 6 road starts Bumgarner is 5-0 with a 1.05 ERA. For some reason he’s pitched better away from AT&T Park this year.
A’s starter Gray is making his first ever start against the Giants. Michael Morse is the only player on the roster to have faced him in a regular season game (0-for-3).
There’s a change again at the top of the lineup as Bruce Bochy tries to do whatever he can to spread out the hits and produce some runs. Gregor Blanco is back at number 1 as Hunter Pence slides to the number 2 position.
I’m not going to throw anymore horrible stats at you. The Giants need a win and they know it.