Giants vs. Angels stat pack

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Giants vs. Angels stat pack

The Giants travel to Anaheim for the first time in the regular season since 2000. SF's last 3 series vs the Angels have been played at AT&T Park (2001, 2006, 2009) All-time the Giants are 13-9 vs the Angels and 5-3 in Anaheim in the regular season.

Giants in A.L. Ballparks since 2010
Record 4--11 1-Run games 1--4 AVG 0.228 RGM 3.2 HR 9 ERA 3.69 Giants DH's .169 Avg, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Matt Cain has won 7 consecutive starts. He is the first Giants starter since Russ Ortiz in 2000 to win 7 straight starts.

Matt CainLast 7 Starts
7-0 Record
1.99 ERA
.214 Opp Avg
2 HR
9 Walks
56 Strikeouts
6.7 Run Support

Only 4 times has a San Francisco starter won 8 straight starts:
Billy Pierce April 13 - June 1, 1962
Juan Marichal April 25 - May 26, 1967
Juan Marichal May 24 - June 23, 1968
Rick Reuschel May 2 - June 6, 1989

Perfect Game Breakdown over 137 Major League Seasons
First 88 Seasons of Major Leagues (1876-1963) 6 Perfect Games (including Don Larsen in World Series) Next 45 Seasons (1964-2008) 11 Perfect games Last 4 Seasons (2009-2012) 5 Perfect Games
Recent Pitchers in start following Perfect Game
Phil Humber Roy Halladay Dallas Braden Mark Buehrle April 26, 2012 vs. Bos June 4, 2010 vs. SD May 14, 2010 at LAA July 28, 2009 ay Min

Loss Win Loss Loss 5 IP 7 IP 8 IP (CG) 6.1 IP 8 Hits 10 Hits 7 Hits 5 Hits 9 ER 2 ER 4 ER 5 ER 3 Walks 1 Walk 1 Walk 1 Walk Walked Leadoff Batter 3rd Batter Singled 3rd Batter Doubled Retired 1st 17 Batters
Since 1900, the 16 perfect game pitchers to make another regular season start following the perfect game have gone:
6-7 Record
4.43 ERA
.249 Opp Avg
7 IP Start
1.9 BBStart

Matt Cain enters Monday start having retired 32 consecutive batters. The Giants and N.L. record is held by Jim Barr (41 in 1972). The Major League record is held by Mark Buehrle (45 in 2009)
Pitchers to throw 2 No-Hitters in the Same Season
Johnny Vander Meer CIN 1938 (Back-to-Back) Allie Reynolds NYY 1951 Virgil Trucks DET 1952 Nolan Ryan CAL 1973 Roy Halladay PHI 2010 1 in Reg Season, 1 in Postseason Matt CainPitch Selection by Year
Fastball Offspeed
2010 63 37
2011 54 46
2012 51 49
Matt CainPitch Selection in Perfect Game

Pitches Pct Fastball 66 53 Slider 23 18 Change 20 16 Curve 16 13 Matt CainPitches by Inning in Perfect Game
1st 11
2nd 12
3rd 17
4th 22
5th 14
6th 10
7th 17
8th 11
9th 11
10 pitches to Jordan Schafer
Most Pitches per Start in N.L.
Matt Cain SF 108. 8 Ryan Vogelsong SF 107. 6 Johnny Cueto CIN 106. 2 Cole Hamels PHI 105. 4 Dillon Gee NYM 104. 5 Madison Bumgarner SF 103. 5 Albert PujolsCareer vs Matt Cain
.571 Avg
8 for 14
2 Home Runs
1 Double
4 Walks
0 Strikeouts
Highest avg among players with 10 ABs
Albert PujolsSeason Breakdown

First 27 Games Last 39 Games AVG 0.194 0.299 HR 0 10 RBI 5 33 OB 0.237 0.356 Slug 0.269 0.552 LAA Record 10--17 25--14 Who is the Better Rookie?
Mike Trout Bryce Harper
LAA WSH
Age 20 19
Games 45 44
AVG .324 .294
HR 6 7
RBI 27 19
Steals 16 4
OPS .899 .893

Angels Season Breakdown
First 43 Games: 18-25 Rec 4th 8 Games behind Tex
Last 24 Games: 18-6 Rec 2nd 4 Games behind Tex
Ernesto Frieri has dominated since being acquired from the Padres on May 3rd
19 Games
7 for 7 Saves
19.1 Innings
3 Hits
9 Runs
13 Walks
35 Strikeouts

Jerome Williams pitched for the Giants from 2003-2005. He was traded from the Giants to the Cubs in May of 2005 for his current teammate with the Angels, LaTroy Hawkins.
Jerome WilliamsCareer with Giants
2003-05
47 Games (46 Starts)
17-14 Record
3.93 ERA
2 Complete Games
1 Shutout
Started Game 4 of 2003 NLDS at Florida (2 IP, 3 ER - ND)

Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday

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Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday

CHICAGO -- Joe Panik's leadoff homer in the series opener was a jolt, but the Giants are a much more dangerous offense when Denard Span is clicking atop the lineup, a spot ahead of Panik, and they hope to have that duo going Wednesday. Span got treatment all day Tuesday and said he could return to the lineup against Kyle Hendricks. 

"The swelling has gone down," Span said of his sprained left thumb. "The thing to do is to come in tomorrow, test it out, and if it feels good, you strap it on."

Span said an X-ray came back clean, but he didn't grab a bat Tuesday to test the thumb, focusing instead on treatment. He is batting .326 in nine games since coming off the DL. His replacement in center this week, Gorkys Hernandez, was 0-for-3 against Jon Lester, lowering his average to .160. 

--- The main story from the second game of this series: Johnny Cueto is now dealing with a second blister, and you can see the lack of movement on his pitches. The Cubs took advantage. Lester didn't need much help while throwing a 99-pitch complete game in two hours and five minutes. 

"He threw a lot more changeups than we've seen in the past," Buster Posey said. "He's shown it in the past but tonight he had good command of it. It wasn't just a show-me pitch. He used it a lot and threw it to lefties as well.

Posey twice grounded short rollers in front of the plate.

--- Posey's throw to nab Javy Baez on Monday was one of the best of the year, and on Tuesday afternoon, Bruce Bochy said, "If he's given a chance, I don't think there's anyone better in the game." That might be true, but Willson Contreras is threatening to get into the conversation. He threw an 85 mph rocket to second in the fifth to nab Eduardo Nuñez. If you're wondering how Lester -- who flat-out has the yips about throwing to first base and doesn't do it -- has allowed just six stolen bases this season, look no further than his young catcher. Long-term, Contreras is the guy I would expect to compete with Posey for Gold Gloves. 

"Nuney, with his speed, can go," Bochy said. "Their catcher made a great throw. Put it right on the money."

--- From before Tuesday's game, what do the relievers think of the new hidden bullpen at Wrigley? And if you missed the Power Rankings the other day, the records are outdated, but there are updates in here on old friends Matt Duffy, Chris Heston, Tommy Joseph, Adalberto Mejia, Yusmeiro Petit and others. Petit in particular is incredible ... just keeps doing his thing. 

--- This play was made by the shortstop. That's good for the old UZR.

Now dealing with a second blister, Cueto gives up three homers to Cubs

Now dealing with a second blister, Cueto gives up three homers to Cubs

CHICAGO — Even after losses, Johnny Cueto tends to find a way to flash a smile or two in post-game interviews. He is as competitive as it gets between the lines, but off the field he embraces a relaxed attitude. 

There was none of that Tuesday night at Wrigley. Cueto wore a dour look while describing a 4-1 loss to the Cubs, perhaps because he is a man searching for answers. Cueto was already pitching with a blister for the first time in his career. On Tuesday, he admitted he’s now trying to make the ball dance while dealing with a second blister. 

The first, on his middle finger, popped up at the end of the spring and has bothered Cueto off and on. The second, on his index finger, formed in St. Louis last week. 

“It’s not an excuse,” Cueto said several times. “I was getting hit.”

The Cubs crushed three homers, including a 470-foot bomb from Kyle Schwarber. All three pitches leaked right over the heart of the plate, and Cueto admitted that he can't get that final twist on the ball as he normally does. A tad of his movement is missing, and hitters are taking advantage. 

“It’s just those pitches I left hanging,” Cueto said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. “When you leave pitches hanging or put them right in the middle of the plate, you’re going to pay the price.”

The homers — by Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo — represented 60 percent of the hits Cueto gave up. He struck out eight in six innings.

“It’s a little unlike Johnny to make mistakes like that,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You like to think you could make a mistake and get away with it, but he didn’t tonight. A couple of fastballs he pulled over the heart of the plate and then one cutter.”

Catcher Buster Posey said the Cubs were on Cueto’s heater, so the duo tried to adjust. You can’t pitch without your fastball, though, and Cueto’s isn’t quite as explosive as it was in his first year with the Giants. The velocity is down a couple of ticks, but it’s unclear if that too is related to the blisters. 

What is clear is that Cueto is a different pitcher in his second season in San Francisco. He has a 4.64 ERA and opposing hitters are batting .253 with 11 homers. Through 10 starts last year, Cueto had a 2.83 ERA and was holding hitters to a .229 average. He had allowed just two homers. 

“Gosh, it’s just probably a few more mistakes than he made last year,” Bochy said. “He’s still competing so well and he gives you a chance to win every game.”

Cueto made it through six despite the long-ball issues, but that wasn’t enough against Jon Lester, who would have faced Cueto in Game 5 last October. Lester needed just 99 pitches to carve up the Giants for a complete game. He threw 70 strikes. 

That’s the type of efficient performance the Giants came to expect from Cueto last year. Cueto still expects it from himself, but his fingers aren’t cooperating. Asked if he would take a short stint on the DL to get right, Cueto said he can’t. He needs to keep pitching and have callouses form. Plus, any break without throwing would be a significant blow to a team trying desperately to stay within shouting distance of a playoff spot. 

“Basically, it makes no sense whatsoever,” to take a break, Cueto said.