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Pre-Game & Lineups: San Francisco Giants Host Cleveland Indians

By Eric Nathanson

Finally! The San Francisco Giants (12-10) face an opponent outside of their own division tonight. The Cleveland Indians (11-11) come to town for an inter-league matchup. It’s the first of 3 games this weekend and tonight it’s RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 7.31 ERA) facing RHP Tim Hudson (2-1, 2.40 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PT.

It’s Duane Kuiper Bobblehead night at AT&T Park. Whether you’re watching at home or going to the park, tonight should be a fun night with one of our beloved broadcasters.

Here are the lineups for tonight’s game.

There’s not much history between the clubs and it shows in the matchups. Only 4 Giants have ever faced Carrasco with Pablo Sandoval registering the only hit. No Giants player has more than 4 AB’s against the Indians starter.

On the other side of things only a few of the Indians players have faced Tim Hudson. The best against him is Michael Bourn (4 for 7) and Nick Swisher (3 for 4). Jason Giambi has the most career AB’s against Hudson but is not in the starting lineup tonight in the NL park. Giambi looms a big bat off the bench, he has the 5th most home runs (51) in the history of inter-league play.

So many good things to write about Tim Hudson to start 2014. He’s gone 30 straight innings without issuing a walk, the most to start a season in the last 100 years since Tiny Bonham went 33 straight in 1944. The record to start a season is 51 by Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1923.

Tim Hudson is also one of 5 pitchers to throw at least 7 innings in each of his first 5 starts this year. Hudson also has the second lowest WHIP in baseball (0.77) only trailing Jason Hammel of the Cubs.

The Giants have struggled in inter-league play the last two seasons. We all remember that horrible Toronto road trip last season. Overall the Giants have gone 13-22 against the American League the past 2 seasons.

Here’s to hoping Duane Kuiper enjoys his night as much as Giants fans will.