Giants vs. Pirates stat pack

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Giants vs. Pirates stat pack

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The Giants are 17-16 all-time at PNC Park including winning 5 of their last 7 in Pittsburgh. Earlier this season the Giants took 2 of 3 from the Pirates in home opening series at AT&T Park.

San Francisco GiantsLast 6 Games
SF Opp
Wins 1 5
AVG .267 .299
RGM 3.0 5.7
HR 2 10
Starter's ERA 6.49 2.66
Blown Saves 2 0

Giants BullpenLast 14 Games
5.45 ERA
.288 Opp Avg
4 Saves
3 Blown Saves
5 Home Runs
1.65 WHIP
Scored upon in 10 of 14 Games

Santiago CasillaLast 6 Appearances
2 Saves
3 Blown Saves
28 Batters Faced
15 Reached Base (11 Hits, 3 Walks, 1 Error)
2 Home Runs
.458 Opp Avg

Barry Zito
Last 2 Starts Previous 3 Starts
Rec 1-1 0-3
IP 13 14.1
Hits 8 23
HR 0 5
Runs 1 17
Walks 9 8
K's 7 6

Barry ZitoCareer vs Pirates
6 Starts
1-3 Record
3.25 ERA
.261 Opp Avg
2 Career Starts in Pittsburgh: 0-2, 3.18 ERA

San Francisco History
Highest Batting Avg before All-Star Break
Barry Bonds 2004 .365
Willie Mays 1958 .358
Rich Aurilia 2001 .356
Melky Cabrera 2012 .356
Jeff Kent 2000 .355
Willie Mays 1960 .353
Barry Bonds 1993 .348

Last season on the morning of July 26th the Pirates were 53-47 and percentage points ahead of the Cardinals for 1st place in the N.L. Central. That night the Buccos lost in Atlanta in the bottom of the 19th on a horrible call by home plate umpire Jerry Meals. Pittsburgh never recovered from that loss, going 19-43 the rest of the way to finish the season 72-90, their 19th straight losing season (a North America Pro Sports team on-going record).
Most Consecutive Losing SeasonsNorth American Team Sports
MLB Pittsburgh Pirates 19 1993-2011
MLB Philadelphia Phillies 16 1933-1948
NBA KC Sacramento Kings 15 1983-1996
NHL Vancouver Canucks 15 1976-1991
MLB PhiladelphiaKC A's 15 1953-1967
MLB Baltimore Orioles 14 1998-2011
NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 1983-1996
NHL Chicago Blackhawks 14 1946-1960
NHL Detroit Red Wings 14 1973-1987
NBA Detroit - Ft Wayne Pistons 14 1956-1970

The Pirates 2 game lead in their division is the largest division lead since April 21, 2002 when they had 2.5 game lead. It is their largest division lead after April since winning the Central by 9 games in 1992.

Pittsburgh PiratesLast 9 Games
8-1 Record
31 Run Differential
.325 Team Avg
7.6 RunGame
16 Home Runs
4.05 Team ERA

Highest Winning Percentage in Home Games
Pirates .675 27-13
Rangers .643 27-15
Dodgers .628 27-16
Nationals .622 23-14
Giants .619 26-16
Andrew McCutchenLast 18 Games
.459 Average
5 Home Runs
7 Doubles
1 Triple
17 RBI
.500 OB
.784 Slug
Season: .356 Avg - Leads N.L.

N.L. Batting Leaders
Andrew McCutchen PIT .35593
Melky Cabrera SF .35582
Carlos Ruiz PHI .35510
David Wright NYM .35395

Erik Bedard has been a much, much better pitcher at home this season:

Erik BedardThis Season
Home Road
Starts 7 9
Rec 2-2 2-7
ERA 2.31 6.60
Opp Avg .216 .308
HR 0 8
Quality Starts 5 0

Three more Giants likely to join Posey in World Baseball Classic

Three more Giants likely to join Posey in World Baseball Classic

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Four years ago, Giants coaches made no secret of the fact that they felt some veterans were affected by playing in the World Baseball Classic. The Giants were coming off a long postseason run, but eight of their big leaguers chose to participate in the 2013 event. 

Four years later, the list is down to just four, and the Giants won’t stand in their way. Buster Posey has already been announced as a catcher for Team USA and Brandon Crawford is expected to play as well. Johnny Cueto has told the Giants that he intends on pitching for the Dominican Republic and Albert Suarez plans to pitch for his native Venezuela. 

In past years, clubs have primarily been concerned about pitchers. In an odd way, hitters are almost better off playing in the WBC instead of facing amped up prospects in Cactus League games. The Giants learned that lesson the hard way in 2015 when Hunter Pence was drilled by a prospect with a lack of command, causing him to miss the start of the season. For pitchers, the run-up to Opening Day is a tedious one, but Giants officials said they’re not concerned about their co-ace, Cueto, participating. 

“Major League Baseball is doing everything it can to help us protect them in terms of the quantity of players on the roster and pitch counts and innings,” general manager Bobby Evans said. “We feel MLB is working carefully to help all of us manage guys while they’re away from camp. We feel as confident as ever that they’ll be protected. Lessons have been learned, and everyone involved will try to find ways to avoid issues.”

If Crawford commits to playing, he could find himself in a fun spot. Nolan Arenado has already said he will play for the United States and the two National League West stars could form one hell of a defensive duo on the left side of the infield. Posey will start for a team that already has Max Scherzer and Chris Archer as part of the starting staff. Evans said the teams will carry three catchers, and Posey isn’t expected to be overworked. His manager said he’s not worried about the decision. Posey will simply have to start his preparation process a bit sooner.

“I’m fine with it,” Bruce Bochy said of Posey playing. “Buster wants to do it and I’m good with it.”

This will be the fourth edition of the WBC. In 2013, the Giants were represented by Ryan Vogelsong, Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo, Angel Pagan, Santiago Casilla, Marco Scutaro, Pablo Sandoval and Jose Mijares. 

Bochy: Game 4 loss to Cubs toughest I've ever had to bounce back from

Bochy: Game 4 loss to Cubs toughest I've ever had to bounce back from

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Bruce Bochy had grown accustomed to being in the October spotlight during even years, so he had a hard time getting on board as a spectator during one of the most exciting postseasons in recent memory. 

Bochy’s Giants blew a three-run lead in their final game of the season, a loss so devastating that several players headed home the next day without even packing up their lockers. Two months later, Bochy is all smiles. He likes his team, and on Monday he got the closer he needed back in Game 4 of the NLDS. 

Bochy sat down with CSN Bay Area on Tuesday for a one-on-one interview about Mark Melancon, left field, that postseason loss, his new coaches and much more. It will air tonight on SportsTalk Live at 5 p.m. and we’ll run the whole thing back as a podcast. But for now, here are Bochy’s thoughts on the loss that ended his even-year run: 

“I had a hard time, I’m not going to lie. In all my years, that’s the toughest game I’ve ever had to bounce back off of,” he said. “It took a while. It was hard to watch that first postseason game but gradually it got a little better. Just the way we went out, that’s a tough way to go. Our bullpen has been such a big reason for our success so to go out that way, it really wasn’t just that game — it was the second half — we just had a hard time trying to get it figured out. 

“You know, you’ve got to put it behind you, but I’m not going to lie, that was a pretty big blow to the chin. It took a while to get over it.” 

The Giants led the Cubs 5-2 when Bochy made the decision to pull Matt Moore after eight brilliant innings and 120 pitches. That night, Moore and Bochy and everyone else involved said that there was a consensus that Moore had reached the end of the line. Two months later, Bochy doesn’t regret the move. Moore’s 120 pitches went down as the postseason high. 

“I think you can always look back, but these cards have backs on them,” Bochy said. “I felt good about protecting Moore. If he goes back out there he’s probably looking at 135 or maybe more pitches or you’ve got to bring a reliever in with men on base. I felt with the three-run lead that the guys I had could get three outs.” 

Derek Law was the first man out of the bullpen and he gave up a single that was inches from Brandon Crawford’s glove. Javier Lopez walked Anthony Rizzo. Sergio Romo entered and gave up a double to Ben Zobrist. Will Smith gave up a single to pinch-hitter Willson Contreras. After an error, Hunter Strickland gave up a single to Javier Baez. The Cubs won 6-5 and went on to win the World Series. 

“We knew we could get the matchups that we wanted,” Bochy said on Tuesday. “It started out with Law and he got the ground ball right in the shift. The walk hurt. We got behind Rizzo and ended up walking him and Romo ended up getting behind Zobrist and that hurt, the double. And then we had Smitty. I was comfortable and sure they put in the right-handed bat, but the tying run was on second and I didn’t want a left-handed bat up there to pull the ball. He hits a ball that Smitty doesn’t quite get to, a seeing-eye base hit, and unlike us, we made a costly error. There was another, I felt, like a cheap hit there.

“But these are moments you relive. The good ones, but the bad ones stay with you too sometimes.”