Pre-Gamer And Lineups 8/24 vs Pirates

By Eric Nathanson

Tonight is the third game of this four game series against the Pirates at AT&T Park. The starting pitcher’s for tonight’s affair are Francisco Liriano (14-5, 2.53 ERA) facing off against Tim Lincecum (6-13, 4.53 ERA).

The Giants have come in limping at home having lost 12 of their last 16 games at AT&T. In fact they have lost 25 of their 36 home games and have the 5th worst home record in the NL, 32-35 (.478).

The Giants haven’t done well for Timmy lately. The team is just 3-14 in his last 17 starts. During that stretch Lincecum has only received 2.42 runs support per game. He has gotten one-or-less runs of support in 11 of those games.

The starting lineups for tonight’s game.

I’m at the ballpark today and was down in the dugout for Bochy’s presser. When asked by Hank Schulman about the kids getting a chance to play, here’s what Bochy had to say.

"Tonight I was debating going with Peguero or Blanco out there in center. Now, I have Pill, who hasn’t played a lot of left, and Peguero that hasn’t played a whole lot of center. I didn’t want to put that much inexperience out there at those 2 positions. I didn’t want to weaken the defense that much for Timmy"

Also, Brandon Belt is just getting the day off. No reason other than Liriano being tough on leftys. I am a jinx. This is my second press box game and Belt has sat for both.

Bochy also talked about how Belt will get most of the playing time at first base the rest of the way. Buster is the catcher, and he reiterated that.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pt. I’ll be live tweeting during the game from the press box. So go click that little button up there and follow along. If you happen to be at the park, come on by the @ Cafe for the 3rd inning. I’ll be hanging out there.

Enjoy the game everybody!