A day after the field was flooded, Great American Ballpark is ready to go for Tuesday’s second game of the four match Giants-Reds 2012 NLDS matchup. Monday’s game could have gone better, but at least the bullpen got its work in even in a six inning game, right guys? Guys? Well, here’s your lineup that looks to start a pattern of winning:
You may have heard that some of the Giants have been slumping, and it’s true as Gregor Blanco, and Brandon Crawford all have no hits in their last fourteen, and sixteen at bats respectively, while Pablo Sandoval is 3-for-27 since his return. Can’t make Buster Posey do all the work, or even Brandon Belt, either. They’ll get to go against Homer Bailey and his 2.77 FIP, though he has struggled in two of his last three starts. The Reds will throw out this lineup:
Jun 26, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (34) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at O.Co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Continuing the conversation on Homer Bailey a bit, here are some of the outcomes for the pitches that he’s thrown this year:
Impressive that for all those swings on his slider and split, the whiffs don’t make up a huge percentage (good double digit number though!), but still, you get to see what pitches he may try to rely on for a strikeout.
As for Big Time Timmy Jim:
High percentage of balls thrown for his sinker and curveball, as well as very few whiffs. That split and slider though continue to be his go-to pitches in times of needing the K. Timmy’s ERA and FIP are both a half-run lower than last year’s final numbers were, and has only walked two in his last two starts, though the Dodgers were tallying up the hits in his last start.
Other notes from around the clubhouse talked about how Chad Gaudin will fill the roll as a starter the next time Mike Kickham‘s spot would have rolled around, and Kickham could be available as early as tomorrow. I wrote about that earlier today. Bruce Bochy noted how he is reluctant to sit Pablo Sandoval right now with Joaquin Arias not at 100%, but Tony Abreu is another option for him if he needs to make a move. This, about Ramon Ramirez, was something I missed:
Of course, we wish RamRam the best of luck with the Rays.
There are no international signings with the Giants announced just yet. They will sign kids, do not worry, and some players aren’t eligible yet because they are still fifteen years old, so the Giants may be waiting on a few kids.
Tuesday’s game gets going at 4:10PM PST.