Tuesday pits Kirk Rueter, who had a nice outing against the Mets last Thursday, against Elmer Dessens. Dessens is a cutter/sinker pitcher that tends to get into a rhythm as the game progresses- Arizona has also lost the last three games he has started in. Lefties hit well off of him (they bat .351 versus the .196 of righties). Woody's been a great pitcher despite the team not winning in his battle against Atlanta, and continues to stun sportscasters around the country with his ability to knock down the competition with an 86 MPH fastball.
Jason Schmidt and Miguel Batista go at it on Wednesday. Batista has pitched well in May (3-0, sub-3 ERA). Batista will try to finesse with a low-mileage fastball that cuts and smooth sinker- but he misses often, and with the way umpires have been calling games these days (don't worry, that's all the venting I will do), the Giants will need patience. Schmidt, coming off of 13 SO's in his game against the Mets, will need all of that power to beat hot lead-off man Tony Womack, who is 9-25 with 4 doubles against Schmidt.
Mike Koplove, Matt Mantei and Mike Myers have all been doing well as set-up men for the D-backs, as has Scott Service, who is 10 innings with a 0.90 ERA. On the Giants side, Jim Brower (though I am nervous to say- I'd hate to jinx) has pitched his last four games without an earned run. I'd look more to Brower to come in for Foppert after the sixth today and for possible long relief against the D-backs.
It's awfully nice seeing Arizona sitting 7.5 games in BACK of us for a change. Hopefully we can extend that to 10.5!
Jillian Bailles d'Err writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants fan since 1988. She currently writes the column 'The Crystal (Base)Ball', a preview into upcoming Giants series. If you'd like to say hey, or comment about how amazingly insightful she is (or not), contact her at JayBird704@aol.com