Arizona Diamondbacks: 7/11-7/13 Series

The Giants got a spanking at Coors Field and look to recover as they get on the plane for the BOB in Arizona. Arizona has jumped ahead of the Dodgers and are now the NL West second place holders. Every game in this series will count and will decide which one of these teams is the dominate force in the NL West.

OVERALL PREDICTION: GIANTS
Both the Giants and the Dbacks are coming off a horrible series. The Giants lost their first series since their losing series against Oakland in Oakland. The Dbacks were the top story of the league before they fell short in the last day against the Padres. The Padres helped the Giants out again by beating out the second place NL West holders, the last time being the Dodgers and now the Dbacks.

The Giants have done well in Arizona and against Arizona. The Dbacks have shown everyone that they are still able to play despite key injuries, including injuries to their two starting pitching aces and to three-fourths of their infield. Curt Schilling will be returning from the DL to pitch against the Giants in the second game of this series.

SERIES QUESTIONABLES:
Arizona:

  • Rod Barajas (C): wrist tendonitis (15-day DL)
  • Junior Spivey (2B): ankle sprain (15-day DL)
  • Tony Womack (SS): knee (15-day DL)
  • Danny Bautista (RF): hamstring (15-day DL)

    Starters:
    Jason Schmidt (8-4, 2.30 ERA)

  • Dbacks batting .260 against him
  • has sixty-five strikeouts in 289 at-bats

    Jerome Williams (4-1, 2.94 ERA)

  • never faced Dbacks
  • pitched second major league complete game in last start

    Jim Brower (5-1, 3.60 ERA)

  • Dbacks batting .214 against him
  • allowed three hits out of fourteen at-bats against Dbacks
  • making second start of the season

    Miguel Batista (6-3, 2.80 ERA)

  • Giants batting .248 against him

    Curt Schilling (4-3. 3.04 ERA)

  • Giants batting .236 against him
  • making his first start in six weeks
  • Bonds has seven homeruns against him

    Brandon Webb (6-2, 2.18 ERA)

  • never faced Giants

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Jason Schmidt will look to bounce back after being a little roughed up in his last start. Schmidt pitched three consecutive complete games before his last start, which may have tired him. Schmidt was switched to pitch in this game and not against Colorado because he needs to rest his arm in preparation for the All-Star Game, where he has a high chance of starting and no opportunity to rest his arm. He will go against Miguel Batista.

    Dbacks ace, Curt Schilling, returns to the starting rotation after being out for six weeks. He will make his start against rookie Jerome Williams. How good has this kid been? This will be the ultimate test for Williams, going up against an all-star veteran in Schilling.

    Jim Brower makes his second start of the season against Brandon Webb, a young pitcher for the Dbacks who is doing very well. Brower is not doing so bad himself, not allowing more than a few runs in his appearances in long relief and limiting the Cardinals to only one run in his last start.

    First Base:
    J.T. Snow (.277)

  • .191 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (6-25): one 2B, two RBIs, four strikeouts
  • vs. Schilling (3-31): two 2Bs, one homerun, thirteen strikeouts
  • never faced Webb

    Andres Galarraga (.300)

  • .202 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (2-11): two homeruns, four RBIs, four strikeouts
  • never faced Schilling
  • never faced Webb

    Mark Grace (.213)

  • .288 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Schmidt (12-43): two homeruns, five RBIs, eleven walks, five strikeouts
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Brower

    Lyle Overbay (.283)

  • .400 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Schmidt
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Brower

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Grace is getting into his years, but Overbay isn't a bad first baseman. Snow continues to show defensive excellence on first base.

    Offense: Giants
    Snow is beginning to hit again and Galarraga continues his consistency at the plate. The only Giant that Overbay has faced is Scotty Eyre, and he has a .400 against him, but it doesn't say much for the rest of the Giants pitching staff.

    Second Base:
    Ray Durham (.299)

  • .387 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (1-2): one homerun, two RBIs
  • never faced Schilling
  • never faced Webb

    Neifi Perez (.283)

  • .302 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (6-13): two 2B, three RBIs
  • vs. Schilling (5-25): four strikeouts
  • never faced Webb

    Carlos Baerga (.333)

  • .182 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Schmidt (5-20): one 2B, one homerun, two RBIs
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Brower

    Matt Kata (.356)

  • never faced any Giants pitcher

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Baerga has been a decent second baseman, but Durham and Perez has combined for a great defensive force at second base.

    Offense: Giants
    Baerga and Kata may have the higher batting averages, but Baerga has a .182 against Giants pitching. Baerga have been used well in pinch hitting situations. Both Durham and Perez has had decent success against Dbacks pitching. The bat of Spivey will be missed in this position.

    Shortstop:
    Rich Aurilia (.261)

  • .283 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (4-16): two homeruns, five RBIs, two strikeouts
  • vs. Schilling (12-42): two 2Bs, two homeruns, sixteen strikeouts
  • never faced Webb

    Alex Cintron (.294)

  • .227 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Schmidt (3-8): one homerun, one strikeout
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Brower

    Craig Counsell (.286)

  • .217 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Schmidt (7-25): two 2Bs, two RBIs, six strikeouts
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Brower (0-1): one strikeout

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Aurilia continues to play solid defense at shortstop, and Cintron has been doing well for the Dbacks, but they are still hurting without Womack.

    Offense: Giants
    Aurilia was starting to swing the bat more in the last game against Colorado, finally getting a jack at Coors Field this season. He has always had success in Arizona so the Giants are hoping that Coors Field was just a warm up. Cintron and Counsell have been good but not on a consistent basis.

    Third Base:
    Edgardo Alfonzo (.236)

  • .250 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (6-24): two 2Bs, one homerun, four RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Schilling (5-28): ten strikeouts
  • never faced Webb

    Pedro Feliz (.228)

  • .154 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (0-3): one strikeout
  • vs. Schilling (0-8): five strikeouts
  • never faced Webb

    Shea Hillenbrand (.361)

  • .667 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Schmidt
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Brower

    Robby Hammock (.283)

  • never faced any Giants pitcher

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Alfonzo has been really impressive defensively, working hard to get to every ball hit in his direction.

    Offense: Tied
    Hillenbrand has been one of the surprises for Arizona, owning the hottest bat in the ball club at this moment, but he's never faced any of the starting pitchers for the Giants. Bo Hart of the Cardinals was another young hot bat, but the Giants shut him down. Alfonzo is starting to get his swing back, and a little bit at a time, he's coming around, even though he hasn't had a jack in two hundred at-bats.

    Catcher:
    Benito Santiago (.289)

  • .252 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (2-15): one 2B, one RBI, two strikeouts
  • vs. Schilling (9-39): one 2B, one homerun, two RBIs, eleven strikeouts
  • never faced Webb

    Yorvit Torrealba (.272)

  • 1.000 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (1-1): one 2B, one RBI
  • vs. Schilling (1-1): one 2B
  • never faced Webb

    Chad Moeller (.304)

  • .500 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Schmidt (0-2): two strikeouts
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Brower (1-3)

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Once Santiago is healthy again, the Giants will be in full force, even though Torrealba has been doing a good job.

    Offense: Giants
    Moeller just hasn't faced the Giants enough, but Santiago has done decently well against the Dbacks.

    Left Field:
    Barry Bonds (.316)

  • .282 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (6-18): two 2Bs, three homeruns, six RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Schilling (19-71): four 2Bs, one 3B, seven homeruns, ninteen RBIs, sixteen walks, eleven strikeouts
  • never faced Webb

    Luis Gonzalez (.314)

  • .250 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Schmidt (13-49): two 2Bs. three homeruns, ten RBIs, seven walks, six strikeouts
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Brower (0-1): one walk

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Bonds may be adding up in his years, but he is still able to play defense and he's darn good at it.

    Offense: Giants
    Against anyone else, Gonzalez would win, but against Bonds, Gonzalez will fall just a little short. There is no stopping Bonds right now, he's coming off back to back games with homeruns and has claimed the current league leading record for most homeruns.

    Center Field:
    Marquis Grissom (.309)

  • .243 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (3-14): one homerun, three RBIs, four strikeouts
  • vs. Schilling (27-81): three 2Bs, two homeruns, seven RBIs, nineteen strikeouts
  • never faced Webb

    Steve Finley (.312)

  • .238 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Schmidt (15-52): one 2B, one 3B, five RBIs, twelve strikeouts
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Brower (0-1)

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Defense: Tied
    Grissom and Finley have the same defensive abilities in center field.

    Offense: Tied
    This is a dead tie between Grissom and Finley, although Finley has been a hot hitter for the Dbacks, but Grissom has done just as well for the Giants.

    Right Field:
    Jose Cruz, Jr. (.261)

  • .053 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Batista (1-10): four strikeouts
  • vs. Schilling (1-13): one RBI, five strikeouts
  • never faced Webb

    David Dellucci (.250)

  • .333 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Schmidt (7-18): one 2B, one 3B, two RBIs, four strikeouts
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Brower (0-2)

    Quinton McCracken (.231)

  • .266 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Schmidt (4-12): one 2B, four RBIs, two strikeouts
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Brower (1-2): one RBI

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Cruz continues his Gold Glove worthy play in right field.

    Offense: Giants
    Dellucci has been having the cold bat for Arizona while Cruz is starting to heat up. McCracken has been doing decent so he may get a start.

    BULLPEN:
    Relievers:
    Oscar Villarreal has been a great reliever for the Dbacks. The Giants' bullpen had their work cut out for them in the last series, and they'll be relieved to see Schmidt pitch this first game against the Dbacks so they can have some rest. But when called upon for relief, they've been doing just that, relieving. They have done a nice job in long relief as well as close out the close games.

    Closer: Giants
    Matt Mantei has a 3.76 ERA and has not allowed any homeruns to any of the Giants. Tim Worrell has a 1.57 ERA and has a .255 against the Dbacks. The only Dback with success against him is Mark Grace, who is 9- 18 with two doubles and two homeruns. Mantei has a high ERA for a closer and Worrell is still sitting low with his 1.57.



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