Giants vs. A's stat pack

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Giants vs. A's stat pack

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The A's have won 6 straight vs the Giants at the Coliseum and they've done it with pitching:
GiantsA's 2010-11 at Coliseum

SF OAK Wins 0 6 Runs Allowed 21 6 Opp AVG 0.247 0.168 ERA 3.56 0.5 Starters 39.1 IP 15 ER 40.1 IP 3ER Bullpen 8.2 IP 4 ER 13.2 IP 0ER
The A's have won 8 of 9 games for the first time since September of 2009. (Part of a 9-1 stretch)

Oakland AthleticsLast 9 Games
Record 8--1 Runs 54 Opp Runs 25 ERA 2.78 Opp Avg .183 A's Franchise Record: 22 Hits allowed last 6 Games

The 22 hits given up by the A's over their last six games is the lowest total that they have allowed over any six-game span in the franchise's 112-year, three-city history. (Previous low: 23 hits in 1905)

A's Starting Pitching Last 7 Games
4-1 Record
1.40 ERA
.122 Opp Avg
1 Home Run
0.60 WHIP
6 Quality Starts
Only Non-QS: Colon left with injury after 2IP

Jarrod Parker will make his 2nd start of the season vs the Giants:
May 18th at SF (Loss)
2 IP
4 Hits
6 ER
4 Walks
0 Strikeouts
58 Pitches
Shortest outing of Career
In 8 of 10 starts this season Jarrod Parker has allowed 2 Runs or less (3 times no runs).
Rookie ERA Leaders
Min 8 Starts
Wade Miley AZ 2.3 Scott Diamond MIN 2.57 Jarrod Parker OAK 2.82 Wei-Yin Chen BAL 3.36 Yu Darvish TEX 3.45 Jarrod Parker
5 Starts at Coliseum
1-1 Record
1.59 ERA
.197 Opp Avg
1 Home Run
2 Runs or Less in all 5 Starts
Rookie RBI Leaders
Willin Rosario COL 32 Will Middlebrooks BOS 31 Yoenis Cespedes OAK 30 Mike Trout LAA 28 Jesus Montero SEA 28 San Francisco GiantsLast 12 Games
Record 5-7
AVG .263
RGM 3.6
HR 8
ERA 4.49
SF Shutout 3 Times (0 Shutouts in 1st 58 Games)

Giants have gone 5-13 in A.L. parks since 2010 and have lost 5 of 6 series. (Only series win came last year in Detroit.)

Tim LincecumLast 9 Starts
0-6 Record
6.44 ERA
.262 Opp Avg
.333 Opp Avg wRISP
5.2 IPStart
Giants have lost all 9 starts

The last time the Giants lost 9 game in a row started by the same pitcher in a single-season was 2008. (Barry Zito)
The last time the Giants lost 10 games in a row started by the same pitcher in a single-season was 1984 (Mark Davis)
(Over the 2007-08 seasons, the Giants lost 11 straight started by Pat Misch)

Tim LincecumOpponent Average

2011 2012 Overall 0.222 0.265 Bases Empty 0.248 0.244 Runners On 0.184 0.292 Scores Pos. 0.2 .337 Bases Full 1 for 9 5 for 9 Highest in N.L.
Giants Record by Starting Pitcher
Matt Cain 11-3 Won 9 in a Row
Ryan Vogelsong 9-4
Madison Bumgarner 9-5
Barry Zito 7-7
Tim Lincecum 2-12 Lost 9 in a Row
Tim Lincecumvs Oakland Athletics

Last 2 Starts Previous 5 Starts Rec 0--2 5--0 ERA 5.4 0.64 Runs 7 3 Opp Avg 0.256 0.2 WHIP 1.8 0.86
Melky CabreraThis Season vs Athletics
3 Games
.727 Average
8 for 11
1 Double
1 Walk
1 Sac Fly
Season: Leads Majors with 101 Hits

Last Giants player to lead N.L. in hits was Rich Aurilia (206 in 2001)
Last Giants player to lead or tie Majors in hits was Brett Butler (192 in 1990 - tied wLenny Dykstra)
Last Giants player to lead Majors outright in hits was Willie Mays (190 in 1960)

Krukow: Belt needs to make mechanical improvements, 'it's a concern'

Krukow: Belt needs to make mechanical improvements, 'it's a concern'

Brandon Belt is hitting .238 with four home runs and nine RBI.

He has struck out 23 times in 80 at-bats.

"I just don't think he's hitting the fastball," Mike Krukow explained on KNBR 680 on Friday morning. "I think they're coming at him with a lot of fastballs at the belt, and until he turns some of those fastballs around, he's gonna get a continued steady diet of the same pitch.

"Go back and take a look at his home runs -- they're curveballs down and in ... this is something that's been a weakness of his for awhile. And teams are on it. They're telling him what's coming, and he's unable to hit it."

Belt has drawn 16 walks this season and his on-base percentage is .365.

"That's outstanding ... but he has to start beating that fastball," Krukow added. "And his best defense in most instances is just to take the fastball. But he can't do that. You see a belt-high fastball, a little bit above, you're thinking 'I gotta hit this.' And he's not hitting it.

"And until he starts making some adjustments, and you say, 'Well, how do you do that?' Well, you gotta flatten out your swing someway, to be able to take that loop that you have when you're swinging at that high fastball, out. And I think that's the way that you try and beat it."

"They're continuing to pound him with fastballs, and he's not doing anything with them. So it's a concern and he's got some work to do to try and solve that. He's gonna have to make some mechanical improvements."

 

Regulars in lineup continue to scuffle, Giants end up with series split

Regulars in lineup continue to scuffle, Giants end up with series split

SAN FRANCISCO — The momentum generated by Christian Arroyo and Michael Morse late Wednesday night lasted just a few hours. By the end of this four-game series, the Giants were left with a harsh reality: Even with two injections of new blood, they are not hitting. 

Arroyo drove in another run Thursday, but that was it for a lineup that couldn’t support Matt Moore’s effort. The bullpen, which had kept Bruce Bochy’s guys in close games all series, finally broke in the 10th. The Dodgers walked away with a 5-1 win and a split of a series that was rather uninspiring for both sides. 

After scoring 10 runs on the last road trip, the Giants scored just eight during the four games against the Dodgers. Three of those RBI came from Arroyo, called up Monday. A fourth came from Morse, called up Wednesday.

“We’ve got to get this offense going,” Bochy said. “It’s a better offense than what we’re doing right now. You need to find a way to put a few runs on the board. We had our chances, we just couldn’t find ways to get the big hit.”

With Denard Span out for at least another week, Bochy moved Hunter Pence to the top of the lineup. His temporary No. 3 hitter against lefties, Eduardo Nuñez, has one hit in his last 20 at-bats. Buster Posey, the cleanup hitter, is batting .357, but he has driven in just three runs this month. With two on and one out in the eighth, he bounced into a double play. The production closer to the bottom of the order has been nonexistent, leading to constant shuffling that has moved Nuñez and Belt to left at times. Bochy said the staff will continue to search of a lineup that works. 

“You talk about it and do thing to adjust, and it will get better, but right now we’ve got some guys who aren’t swinging the bat well, to be honest,” he said. “You look at the order and we don’t have a lot of guys swinging well.”

The list does not include Arroyo, the rookie who will eventually have to deal with adjustments from pitchers. It doesn’t appear that’ll be a problem. Arroyo has been making adjustments from at-bat to at-bat. He did so against Sergio Romo for his first career homer and said he learned about the depth of Julio Urias’ curveball during their first two battles Thursday. In the sixth, the 21-year-old Arroyo drove in the game-tying run against the 20-year-old Urias. The lefty had walked Posey to face Arroyo, who singled up the middle. 

“He handles himself so well,” Bochy said. “They walked Buster and he smokes the ball. This kid has shown he’s not in awe. The upper deck, the bright lights, he comes to play.”

Arroyo’s effort briefly backed Moore, who was sharp in seven innings. Moore struck out eight, six of them looking, but he didn’t get much help and the bullpen fell apart in the 10th with a series of walks.

Bochy challenged his starters on Saturday at Coors Field and they responded with a strong series back home. The bullpen was tested during the first week but — Thursday’s result aside — it has settled down. The Giants are not as worried about their pitching as they were as they flew back from Denver. They know, however, that this team is going nowhere if two runs per game continues to be the nightly output. 

“We’ll tweak it again,” Bochy said of his lineup. “We'll see if we can get this thing right.”