SF Giants Prospects

SF Giants vs Pirates Pre-Game: Giants look to avoid first home stand sweep in SF

By Melissa Felkins

The San Francisco Giants continue their search for their first win in six games. Maybe tonight will be lucky number seven. After losing the past six games, the Giants will turn to Tim Lincecum today to take one game from the Pittsburgh and avoid their second straight sweep.

The SF Giants face the Pirates at AT&T Park today at 12:45 pm and Lincecum (9-7, 3.96 ERA) will face Charlie Morton (5-10, 3.40 ERA). It will be the last chance for the Giants to get a win on this home stand before heading off to face the New York Mets this weekend. By the way, since moving to San Francisco, the Giants have never lost every game of a home stand, according to Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle.

San Francisco Giants Lineup

Andrew Susac is behind the plate once again, continuing the trend of Posey not catching Lincecum. Of course, Posey does hit better (.400) when playing first base. But those numbers are hard to compare given his limited at-bats in that position. All the same, if it gives Posey a break so he can have another multi-hit game, I’m all for it.

Brandon Crawford is hitting in the 2-hole tonight, which is different, but I’d much rather see him get a shot there than put Gregor Blanco back there.

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

Tim Lincecum has pitched well against this Pirates bunch for the most part. As a team they’re hitting .190 off him. However, he’s yet to face Josh Harrison and Gregory Polanco, the Pirates #1 and #2 hitters.

As for how Morton has looked against the Giants, he’s done pretty well, too. Buster Posey sees him pretty well hitting .333 off him. On the other hand, Dan Uggla is hitting .091 off Morton, which may explain him not being in the lineup. Okay, I guess Uggla not being in the lineup really doesn’t need any explanation, ever.

Travis Ishikawa has the lone home run from the Giants against Morton. I’m guessing we’ll see him as a pinch hitter at some point tonight.