Giants notes: Scutaro doesn't care about stats

Giants notes: Scutaro doesn't care about stats
May 17, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Marco Scutaro enters Friday night's game in Colorado on a 15-game hitting streak. (AP)

DENVER – The Giants made it through Thursday’s game while spending only Jeremy Affeldt and Sergio Romo in the bullpen, so right-hander Ryan Vogelsong threw his usual side session Friday.

In other words, you can put Vogelsong in ink to make his start Monday against the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park.

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You can jot down the Rockies’ rotation for the remainder of this series, too. It’ll be right-hander Tyler Chatwood on Saturday against Tim Lincecum and right-hander Juan Nicasio on Sunday against Barry Zito.

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Brett Pill gets a start against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who has been very tough for Colorado while posting a 2.98 ERA in eight starts. His splits are about even, but with right-handers going the next two days, it was a good spot for Giants manager Bruce Bochy to give Pill a start. Brandon Belt will start the next two days.

No, first base is not a platoon. This is more about involving Pill and getting him some at-bats to stay sharp for when he’s needed off the bench in the future. When you call someone up, you don’t want to keep them sitting for long.

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Marco Scutaro’s hitting streak is at 15 games and the Giants came up with a good stat about him: Since he came over from Colorado in a trade last July, he has more hits in the majors than anyone else in the big leagues. Scutaro has 137. Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter are next, with 134.

I asked Scutaro why he took a walk in the eighth inning Wednesday in a blowout loss at Toronto when he had a hitting streak on the line. (He got another at-bat in the ninth and singled.)

He shrugged.

“I don’t care about stats,” he said. “It’s not like I’m going to hit in 56 straight.”

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