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

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Practically speaking, the 50th loss is no different than the one before or the one after, but this sport is built on milestones, and this one came quickly.

The Giants lost their 50th game on August 12 last year. This season, it was clinched when Ryder Jones grounded out in his fourth career at-bat, handing the Mets a 5-2 win on June 24. 

Bruce Bochy called losing 50 of your first 77 games "hard to believe" and "embarrassing." Johnny Cueto, who went seven strong, said the reality was "hard and sad." Brandon Belt, who got Cueto off the hook for a loss, agreed with his manager.

"That's a pretty good word to use -- it is embarrassing to come out and lose every day, especially with the group of guys we have," Belt said. "When you're losing as much as this, it is embarrassing. We're trying to do whatever we can to turn this thing around."

Lately, that has meant changes to the roster. It is officially audition season, and in that respect, it was not a particularly inspiring day for the bullpen. The Giants felt they would have a better mix this year, but it hasn't played out. Instead, they're once again trying to find pieces for the next successful Giants bullpen.

With Hunter Strickland suspended and Derek Law in the minors, two young relievers, a middle-innings stalwart, and a newcomer pitched the final two frames. They gave up four runs.

Sam Dyson was the first on the mound in the eighth. Belt had homered a few minutes earlier, tying a good starter's duel. Dyson gave up a leadoff triple to Curtis Granderson and walked Asdrubal Cabrera before throwing two good sliders past Yoenis Cespedes for the strikeout. With two lefties coming up and the go-ahead run still on third, Bochy turned to Steven Okert. He immediately gave up a seeing-eye RBI single to Jay Bruce. Wilmer Flores doubled off George Kontos later in the frame to make it 3-1. 

In the ninth, Kyle Crick showed some of the wildness that kept him in the minors for seven years. He, too, gave up a leadoff triple, a sin you always pay for. A walk helped put another run into scoring position and a wild pitch extended the Mets’ lead to four. 

Before the game, Bochy talked of getting an extended look at Jones. He was 0-for-4 in his first big league game but he’ll be back out there tomorrow. It’s time to fight for a job, and the same holds true of some relievers who didn’t fare well Saturday. It is a group with a closer locked into a longterm deal and little else decided. 

Are Strickland or Law eighth-inning guys? Will Dyson be a worthwhile reclamation project? Will Kontos be back, and will he carve out a different role? Are Okert and Josh Osich capable of giving Bochy lefties he trusts? Is Crick’s improvement in Triple-A a sign of things to come? There are many questions to be answered over the next three months. 

“This is a good time for them, this is what players get up here for, to show what they can do,” Bochy said. “Because of our situation, we’re going to take a look at these guys and we know there are going to be growing pains.”

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 50th loss of the season

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 50th loss of the season

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SAN FRANCISCO — The promotion of an intriguing prospect can bring a certain buzz to the ballpark. It didn’t last long. 

The debut of Ryder Jones came in the latest flat performance from the Giants, who collapsed late and fell 5-2 to the Mets. The loss was their 50th of the season. They did not lose their 50th game last season until August 12. 

With the score tied in the eighth, Curtis Granderson crushed a leadoff triple into the alley. Sam Dyson walked the next batter and then whiffed Yoenis Cespedes, but Jay Bruce greeted Steven Okert with an RBI single to right. It kept going poorly from there. 

Here are five things to know from a cool day by the water … 

—- Jones grounded out to second in his first at-bat and then flied out to center, grounded out to first, and grounded out to second. He had one chance in the field, starting a double play that ended the second inning.  

—- Johnny Cueto seems to have turned a corner. Over his past two starts, he has allowed just three earned runs over 14 innings. Whether they trade him or not, the Giants certainly could use a nice little hot streak for the next six weeks. 

—- A few seconds after Bruce Bochy shook Cueto’s hand, Brandon Belt got him off the hook for a loss. He hit the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh into the seats in left-center, tying the game. The homer was Belt’s 14th. He’s on pace for 29. 

—- The Mets got eight one-run innings out of Jacob deGrom, who is quietly the most reliable of a star-studded rotation. He struck out seven and gave up just four hits. 

—- If Madison Bumgarner wants another Silver Slugger Award, he’ll have to chase down deGrom, who hit a homer in his last start. His single in the third was his 10th hit, and he finished the day with a .294 average.