Veteran San Francisco Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong (8-9, 3.73 ERA) will square off with the Colorado Rockies youngster, Christian Bergman (1-2, 5.74 ERA.) The matchup certainly favours the Giants, and it also worth noting that Bergman has a home ERA of over eight. Which is very high, and a lot runs. Given the way the Giants have been swinging their bats, they may just tack on some amount of runs today.
Everything you need to know for the series finale:
Here is how the San Francisco Giants will line up:
Angel Pagan CF
Joe Panik 2B
Hunter Pence RF
Today’s #SFGiants lineup: Pagan cf Panik 2b Posey c Pence rf Ishikawa 1b Blanco lf Arias 3b Crawford ss Vogelsong p
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) September 3, 2014
Here is how the Colorado Rockies will line up:
Ben Paulsen RF
DJ LeMahieu 2B
The Giants have been swinging very, very hot bats indeed, of late. Even the slumping Crawford has been hot this series, adding several runs batted in, including a brilliant RBI triple last night. Posey has been putting on a show, too. The former MVP is having a series of MVP proportion. They will need to continue that tonight, as, as you can see, both Pablo Sandoval and Mike Morse – due to hip injury – are out of the lineup.
As you will hear so often this month, the rosters have been expanded. Hence you will see guys like Mike Kickham, Brett Bochy and Hunter Strickland coming out of the bullpen and maybe if you’re lucky, see the ever disappointing former first round pick; Gary Brown on the base pads. Kickham’s season debut last night went as expected in my opinion. He stumbled through a third of inning yielding several hits and a run.
The Giants are looking to win the series in tonight’s rubber match, and Vogelsong will need to have a strong start to ensure that. Of late, the bullpen has looked very shaky, and after two poor, short starts from both Yusmeiro Petit and Tim Hudson, the Giants will be counting upon Vogelsong to lead the Giants to another victory. San Francisco are a mere two games behind the Dodgers, who take on the tough Nationals again tonight. A win tonight could see them jump to one game behind, with six games still to play against Los Angeles.
September baseball is fun.