Rubber match today between the Padres and Giants scheduled for 12:45PM PST today, and here’s what Bud Black is throwing out there:
Of note, Jesus Guzman is in the lineup, who thought his home run last night was pretty awesome.
…and if that whole dance weren’t enough for a non-walk-off-hit, he even took a look at Jeremy Affeldt on his way home.
While you might tell Guzman to act like he’s been there before, this was only his second homer of the year, so he’s just soaking in every single moment, even if it isn’t in a professional manner.
So even though in my post about Brandon Crawford spraining his fingers I thought Noonan would be getting the nod for playing time, clearly I was unaware there was a platoon going between Nick Noonan and Tony Abreu, which shouldn’t be surprising. You’ll also notice Buster Posey is still in the lineup, which gives me the feeling that Hector Sanchez will be getting a start and Brandon Belt will be getting a day off during the Marlins series. As for news on the injured folk:
So by the end of next week the lineup should be looking pretty back to normal, and how great would that be. We’ll talk about roster decisions at a later time, but I’m on the Juan Perez over Hector Sanchez bandwagon.
June 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcherEric Stults
(53) throws during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Your pitching matchup for today is a battle of two southpaws in LHP Eric Stults vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner. Stults has not gone less than 6.1 IP in his last six outings, including a complete game in his last start against Arizona (that is also San Diego’s only CG). Bumgarner hasn’t been as horse-y, but his outing in Atlanta of seven innings and ten strikeouts plus three baserunners in Atlanta was still pretty great. The Giants are one of twelve teams that hasn’t had a complete game thrown this season.
MLB.tv is featuring today’s Padres-Giants game as its free game of the day, so as long as you’re out of those two markets, know that you have a space to tune in.