Giants vs. St. Louis stat pack


Giants vs. St. Louis stat pack

Giants Offense
3 Games in Colorado
.360 Average
35 Runs
5 Home Runs
10 Doubles
2 Triples
17 Walks
62 Baserunners
29 Runs in previous 10-Game Homestand

Only National League Teams at or above .500 on Road
Nationals 33-21 .611
Braves 30-20 .600
Reds 30-22 .577
Giants 27-26 .509
Dodgers 27-27 .500

Since 2007, the Giants have had more success vs the Cardinals than any other N.L. team:

Giants Highest Win Pct vs N.L. Team since 2007
vs Cardinals .618 21-13
vs Nationals .583 21-15
vs Astros .571 24-18
vs Marlins .550 22-18
vs D-Backs .545 54-45

Both Melky Cabrera (.353) and Buster Posey (.327) are hitting above .325. No San Francisco team has had two .325 hitters in the same season. The last Giants team with two players hitting .325 or higher: 1954 World Champion New York Giants (Willie Mays - .345 & Don Mueller - .342)

N.L. Batting Leaders
Andrew McCutchen PIT .368
Melky Cabrera SF .352
Joey Votto CIN .342
Carlos Ruiz PHI .335
Carlos Gonzalez COL .327
Buster Posey SF .327

N.L. Leading Hitters since All-Star Break
Buster Posey SF .456
Andrew McCutchen PIT .390
David Freese STL .388
Ryan Zimmerman WSH .385
Jose Reyes MIA .371

Hunter Pence
Career vs St. Louis
Games 77
AVG .316
HR 11
RBI 45
OPS .852
Tied most vs any team

Matt Cain
Opp Avg with RISP
2009 .161
2010 .229
2011 .190
2012 .174
4th Lowest in N.L.

St. Louis Cardinals
Last 16 Games
Record 12-4
AVG .301
RGM 6.1
HR 18
ERA 3.04
SavesOpps 44
97 Runs scored since July 20 - Most in Majors

Highest Run support in N.L.
Lance Lynn STL 6.94
Wade Miley AZ 6.11
Tim Hudson ATL 6.06
Jake Westbrook STL 5.82
R.A. Dickey NYM 5.63

Jake Westbrook
Career vs Giants
3 Starts
0-1 Record
4.67 ERA
.329 Opp Avg
3 Home Runs
Cardinals: 0-3 in the 3 Starts

Lance Lynn
This Season
First 6 Starts 6-0 1.40
Next 10 Starts 4-4 5.09
Last 5 Starts 3-0 2.70

Most Home Runs This Season
with New Team
Josh Willingham MIN 28
Carlos Beltran STL 25
Albert Pujols LAA 24
Josh Reddick OAK 24
Jason Kubel AZ 23

Three teams chasing Giants in tight race for first overall pick


Three teams chasing Giants in tight race for first overall pick

LOS ANGELES — The Giants have a pretty strong track record when picking in the top five of the MLB Draft. In 1985, they took Will Clark with the second overall selection, and Clark remains the highest-drafted player in franchise history. A year later, Matt Williams was taken third overall. Jason Grilli at No. 4 in 1997 is rather forgettable, but taking Buster Posey with the fifth pick in 2008 led to three titles. 

With a week of baseball remaining, the Giants are a lock to pick in the top four of next year’s draft. A few days ago, they looked like a pretty strong bet to pick first overall, but the standings — the bottom of them, at least — have tightened in recent days. Here’s a look at the contenders, so to speak … 

White Sox (63-92): No team went into tank mode this year quite like Chicago, with trades of just about every big piece on the roster. But a funny thing has happened … they’ve actually played decent baseball down the stretch. The White Sox are 11-12 in September after a blowout of the Royals on Sunday. They finish up with four against the Angels and three against the Indians, so they should get pretty close to 100 losses. 

Phillies (62-94): They have looked all along like the team to beat, but they hurt their top-pick chances by taking three of four from the Dodgers last week. They host the Nationals and Mets this week. 

Tigers (62-94): All of a sudden, they’re the biggest road block for the Giants. The Tigers have lost seven straight and they’re 4-20 in September. They finish up with three against the Royals and three against the Twins, and all six games are on the road. 

Giants (61-95): Can we stop for a moment and appreciate this. We’ve been talking about it for five months, but still, it’s pretty amazing that a $200 million team is headed into the final week with a very good shot at having the worst record in Major League Baseball. What an awful season this has been. Having said that, the Giants have not shown any signs of actually tanking, and manager Bruce Bochy said this weekend that he won’t shut any players down. So, it’s on to Phoenix, where the Giants have lost six of seven this season but the Diamondbacks might chill out a bit after clinching a postseason spot. They’ll face Zack Godley, Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke. The season ends with three at home against the Padres. The Giants have struggled against the Padres for the last year and a half, but they’ll have Matt Cain going in an emotional start and Madison Bumgarner will also get a game. 

Given another look at fastball, Williamson gets revenge against Kershaw

Given another look at fastball, Williamson gets revenge against Kershaw

LOS ANGELES — Mac Williamson was sent up to pinch-hit when the Giants faced Clayton Kershaw earlier this month, and on a two-strike count, he watched as Kershaw shook off five different signs as he stood on the mound. Kershaw then froze Williamson with a fastball. It was a good lesson for Williamson, a player still trying to find his footing at the big league level.

“He’s a guy you can’t really guess with,” Williamson said. 

The outfielder admits he tends to overthink things. “I’m a perfectionist,” he said Sunday. But given a start against Kershaw, Williamson let his talent — and a little luck — take over. Williamson’s first hit off Kershaw was a bleeder that resulted in an infield hit. His second bounced through the middle of the infield for a single. The third one was the highlight of the day for the Giants. 

Kershaw had a shutout going when he tried to sneak a first-pitch fastball past Williamson in the eighth. He blasted it to dead center. It was the only run for the Giants in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers. 

“It’s good to see him get those swings off,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “That homer was to the big part of the park. It shows how strong he is.”

The Giants have always known Williamson has the strength and raw talent. He hasn’t stuck for a number of reasons, including injuries and that aforementioned tendency sometimes to overthink at the plate. It probably hasn’t helped, either, that the Giants tend to sit him for days at a time and then play him against the Kershaws and Zack Greinkes and Rich Hills of the world. 

Williamson took advantage of the tough assignment on Sunday, joining a small group of Giants who have three hits in a game off Kershaw. 

“Hunter was ahead of me,” he said, smiling. “He beat me to it.”

Pence also had three hits, giving the Giants six from the corners against the best pitcher in the game. It wasn’t enough, but for Williamson, it was something to build off as the offseason approaches. He said it’s a winter he doesn’t plan to take lightly. Williamson’s agents are working to line up a Winter Ball job in the Dominican Republic.