Thursday’s Lineups and Pre-Gamer: Pill’s Got the Hot Bat, Francoeur in LF Due to White Flag Syndrome


The Giants broke their five game losing streak on Wednesday with a 9-2 win while seeing OF Roger Kieschnick debut with a nice 2-for-5, and one-half of the first base conversational lightning rod Brett Pill continue his multi-hit streak in the bigs. The lineup now goes up against three-time All Star LHP Cole Hamels. We knew going into today that manager Bruce Bochy would probably start more right-handed hitters than left-handed hitters, presumably putting the Giants in the best place to win. Let’s see what he rolled out today:

So if you’re scoring at home, that’s a switch hitter, right handed hitter, switch, RHH, RHH, RHH, RHH, RHH, Cain (RHH). Cole Hamels, against 150 left-handed hitters in 2013, has a .237/.295/.413 against with a .307 wOBA, and against 441 RHH has a .256/.320/.437 and a .327 wOBA against. A difference in performance, yes, extremely huge, no. I haven’t won two World Series rings, so I know my knowledge of the game and strategy of it will dwarf that of the manager. Want to do a fun exercise?

  • Player A: .213/.259/.263 and a .230 wOBA vs. LHP
  • Player B: .178/.283/.222 and a .230 wOBA vs. LHP

Wow, I thought that was going to be a lot more in favor of the player I wanted. It wasn’t. Player A is Jeff Francoeur and Player B is Gregor Blanco. Boy, the Giants are bad in LF. A little remarkable that Francoeur is so bad against LHP despite being a RHH. Still, since the Giants are so bad in LF, wouldn’t you want to see Kieschnick get more time? I can understand the platoon, but your options are not stellar, as you saw in the numbers. The Phillies will bring to the fans this line of nine:

Jul 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels (35) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Since we’re so close to game time, I’m going to skip the pitcher scouting reports and cut straight to today’s other news and notes:

Giants prospect in High-A San Jose Clayton Blackburn turning his stats in the right direction, maybe putting some things together (what really matters). As for Barry Zito news: 

For those wondering about Mike Kickham being a choice for Sunday:

Ryan Vogelsong question:

Plans for the designated hitter this weekend:

We’re going to do this Belt vs. Pill drama all over again. Brandon Belt gets the days off when he’s doing well and when he’s not doing well, Brett Pill takes priority when his bat “gets hot” even when facing the LHP. Just tell us you love Pill more, Bochy.

Good to see there are no problems with the weather, would be the last thing the Giants want to deal with on a travel day.

The Giants and Phillies will match up for the rubber match at 4:05PM PST. After the game, the Giants will head to Tampa Bay to begin a three-game series with the AL East contending Rays.