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3 Dates with the D-Backs

By Stuart Jones
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Arizona Diamondbacks (22-26) vs. San Francisco Giants (25-23), AT&T Park

Last 7 Days

AZ: 3-3 (all at home), SF: 4-3 (all away)

Probable Starters

Today:

Trevor Cahill (55.1 IP, 3.74 ERA/3.82 FIP/3.83 xFIP, 4.57 tERA, 6.02 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 3 HR Allowed. Mostly fastball-changeup with some sliders and curves sprinkled in)

vs.

Barry Zito (51.0 IP, 3.53/4.58/5.20, 4.51 tERA, 5.47 K/9, 4.41 BB/9, 5 HRA. Throws more sliders than fastballs (39.7%-30.7%) and will give you his fair share of curveballs (17%) and changeups (12.6%).

Tomorrow:

Joe Saunders (57.0 IP, 3.79/4.11/4.17, 4.43 tERA, 5.68 K/9, 2.21 BB/9, 7 HRA. Fastball guy (71.6%) that will also use his changeup (16.4%) and his curve (12.1%).

vs.

Ryan Vogelsong (54.0 IP, 2.50/3.88/4.56, 3.68 tERA, 6.33 K/9, 3.83 BB/9, 4 HRA. Just barely throws majority of his pitches for fastballs (53.7%) and you’ll see him mix it up with a cutter (15.5%), curveball (17.8%), and a changeup (13.0%).

Wednesday:

Ian Kennedy (62.0 IP, 4.65/4.17/4.12, 4.86 tERA, 7.55 K/9, 2.32 BB/9, 9 HRA. Mostly fastballs (65.8%) with the changeup (18.5%) but will give you curves, cutters, but rarely the slider (0.8%).

vs.

Tim Lincecum (53.1 IP, 6.41/3.48/3.71, 4.43 tERA, 4 HRA. Like Vogelsong, a little more than half thrown for fastballs (54.4%), while using his changeup quite a bit (23.4%), along with his curveball (17.8%), and the cutter/slider (15.5%).

Offensive Notes in the Last 7 Days

Melky Cabrera: 34 PA, .452/.500/.871 (1.371 OPS) and a 48.0% Line Drive% with 2 HR and 3 SB. He’s doing everything right now.

Buster Posey: 28 PA, .280/.357/.600 (.957 OPS) and a 4.8% LD% (that is quite low). 2 HR, and one that would’ve went out in anywhere but Florida yesterday. His bat looks like it could be coming back.

Brett Pill, Nate Schierholtz, Brandon Belt within the last 7 days on their own have an OPS lower than Melky Cabrera’s batting average.

Aaron Hill: 19 PA, .556/.579/.667 (1.246 OPS) and a 11.1 LD% and 0% K%.

Justin Upton: 27 PA, .348/.444/.522 (.966 OPS) and a 25.0% LD%. He’s not sleeping sleeping star he was the last time we saw him.

Chris Young: 16 PA, .063/.063/.063 (.125 OPS). Gotta figure the only thing he can do is get better after coming off the DL.

Prediction

Monday: Giants win

Tuesday: Giants win

Wednesday: DBacks win

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