Game Two: Stratton (9-8, 4.90 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) vs. Gonzalez (7-11, 4.57 ERA, 1.53 WHIP)
Making an interesting comeback story, Chris Stratton will attempt to redeem himself against the Brewers. Last time against Milwaukee he gave up three earned runs in the 9th inning, putting the Giants just out of reach from their own comeback. Since that appearance, he went to Arizona and pitched horribly, but then put up two solid starts against the Mets and a great start against the D-Backs at home. Although there isn’t a huge sample size against him, Travis Shaw hit the two-run homer against Stratton in his relief outing. Stephen Vogt, who is currently on the 60-Day Disabled List, is the only other guy with a RBI.
This will be the third time this season Gio Gonzalez starts against the Giants, and his first time in a Brewers uniform. Gonzalez had petered out quite a bit from his dominant Spring, but the Brewers are hoping to get some dominant starts out of him as they make a run for the division. In his two starts against the Giants this season, he has pitched 8 1/3 combined innings, giving up a total of seven earned runs on ten hits. Evan Longoria presents the biggest problem, not only with his three hits in eight at-bats, but his four walks as well. Nick Hundley has two doubles and a homerun against the lefty.
Game Three: Bumgarner (5-5, 3.07 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) vs. Davies (2-5, 4.88 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)
It’s no secret, Madison Bumgarner looked horrible in his start against the Rockies, giving up three homeruns over five innings and needing 92 pitches to get through it all. It’s amazing that he ended up with the no decision, but he’ll try to regroup against the Brewers. In his last start against Milwaukee, Bumgarner went eight strong, giving up two earned runs and striking out five. No surprise, Ryan Braun has the most history against Bumgarner with a career 9-for-33, hitting two homeruns and three doubles. Christian Yelich is 5-for-14 with four doubles against the ace lefty.
Opposing him is Zach Davies, whom the Giants haven’t seen much of, especially since he wasn’t pitching in the majors during the summer. He does most of his best work against left handed hitting, and pitches a bit better at home. This will also be Davies’ first NL West opponent this season, and if his start was anything like his last one against the Cubs, he’ll present a problem for this struggling Giants lineup. Gregor Blanco has the best career numbers (3-for-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI) agains Davies, and it’s likely that he will start the getaway game.