Giants vs. A's stat pack

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Giants vs. A's stat pack

Programming note: Giants-A's coverage begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. with A's Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California!

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)

Why you shouldn't freak out in June about Cueto's opt-out

Why you shouldn't freak out in June about Cueto's opt-out

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a very important fact you need to keep in mind when talk of Johnny Cueto’s opt-out comes up, as it so often will over the next six weeks: The Giants always expected him to opt-out after this season, from the moment the ink was dry on the six-year, $130-million contract. 

When you sign at the top of your game and have a chance to hit the market at 31 years old and cash out a second time, you take it. Those are just the rules of professional sports. On the day Cueto was introduced, his agent, Bryce Dixon, said the two-year opt-out was important because they felt Cueto didn’t get a totally fair shot at free agency. 

“Johnny, a little bit unfairly, had a lot of questions about his arm,” Dixon said in December of 2015. “I felt we could reestablish his actual value … He knows he’s as good as (David) Price and (Zack) Greinke, but his situation was a little different.”

The Giants were fine with this, too. The flip side of the opt-out is that if you have the chance to pay a dominant right-hander $46 million over two years, and then escape his mid- to late-thirties, you do it. Every time. You don’t even blink. 

So, here we are, in June of the second year of that deal, with reports that Cueto will opt out. You should take a deep breath because you should have already expected this. But if you didn’t, take comfort in this: By all indications, Cueto has not made a decision, even with the Giants having an unimaginably poor season. 

First of all, Cueto can't make a decision in June. What if the blisters return and he repeats his April ERA a couple more times? What if his elbow starts barking? There are no guarantees with pitchers, and until Cueto gets through the second season, there will be no finality with his decision. 

Aside from the fact that he really can’t make that decision, though, sources insist Cueto hasn’t made up his mind or even thought much about it. People familiar with his thinking continue to say the focus has been baseball all season long, from spring training through his last start. 

Cueto is said to be happy in San Francisco and he enjoys pitching in front of the crowd at AT&T Park. His biggest concern has been wins and losses, and in that respect, this has been a disappointing year for all involved. 

That record has brought the Giants to a crossroads, and this is where it gets interesting. The easy solution is to trade Cueto next month, avoid the opt-out situation entirely, and add prospects to a system lacking them. But, it’s complicated. The Giants do not intend a full teardown, and if they’re going for it again in 2018 — with their core of Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Madison Bumgarner, etc. locked in, that’s the plan — they’ll want that second ace at the top of the rotation. And if Bumgarner doesn’t return to form after an injury, they’ll need Cueto’s presence. 

The Giants have until July 31 to decide what to do with Cueto. He has until three days after the World Series ends to decide what to do with his contract. Here in June, by all indications, those decisions haven’t been made. 

Giants lineup: Pence hitting third, Panik back into two-hole

Giants lineup: Pence hitting third, Panik back into two-hole

Clutch, late-game hitting by Hunter Pence has propelled him to the three hole as the Giants look to bounce back vs the Braves. Bruce Bochy has released the rest of his lineup for Game 2 of the series...

San Francisco Giants:
1. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 3B
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Austin Slater (R) LF
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
9. Matt Cain (R) P

Atlanta Braves:
1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
7. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
8. Johan Camargo (S) 3B
9. Jaime Garcia (L) P