Arizona Diamondbacks: 7/21-724 Series

The Giants welcomed themselves home with a four game sweep of the Rockies in their last series and are now ready to host the division rival Dbacks. The pennant race heats up, but who's got the edge? The first place Giants or the second place Dbacks who have shown everyone that they are still in pennant contention?

OVERALL PREDICTION: GIANTS
Why even ask such a silly question? The Giants are on fire! Everything is working out for them... Pitching, timely hitting, incredible defensive stops, key players heating up... there is NOTHING in the way of the Giants. The Dbacks? Let's not take anything away from them.

Remember, this is the same Arizona team who struggled and battled their way through injuries of key starters and two pitching aces. They came back in this stretch to pass by the Dodgers as the second place team in the division, and now with their players back, will be looking to continue their dominance.

Still, we're at Pac Bell, and they're playing the Giants. No team right now wants to play the Giants at Pac Bell, no matter how hot you are (literally, in Arizona's case). The Giants themselves are battling through some key injuries and many questionable key players who have suffered what seems like minor injuries in the Colorado series.

The Dbacks split their last series in San Diego.

Things To Look For:

  • Barry Bonds to continue his homerun catch
  • The left side of the infield to continue producing offensively (Rich Aurilia and Edgardo Alfonzo)
  • two words: Jerome Williams
  • the consistency of Damian Moss

    SERIES QUESTIONABLES:
    San Francisco:

  • Bentio Santiago (C): left pinky (15-day DL)
  • Marquis Grissom (CF): bruised knee-cap (day-to-day status)
  • Jason Schmidt (P): tendinitis in right forearm (day-to-day status)

    Starters:
    Elmer Dessens (5-6, 5.13 ERA)

  • Giants batting .232 against him

    Curt Schilling (5-4, 3.00 ERA)

  • Giants batting .230 against him
  • lost against Williams in last start against Giants, was first start coming off DL

    Miguel Batista (7-4, 2.77 ERA)

  • Giants batting .242 against him
  • Neifi Perez has .467 BA against him

    Brandon Webb (7-3, 2.45 ERA)

  • Giants batting .273 against him
  • salvaged the only Dbacks win in last series against Giants

    Jerome Williams (5-1, 2.64 ERA)

  • Dbacks batting .056 against him
  • has not given up a homerun as a major leaguer
  • allowed one run in last start against Dbacks

    Damian Moss (8-6, 4.99 ERA)

  • Dbacks batting .276 against him

    Jim Brower (6-2, 4.04 ERA)

  • Dbacks batting .278 against him
  • received first loss as a Giant starter in last start against Dbacks

    Jason Schmidt (10-4, 2.41 ERA)

  • Dbacks batting .256 against him
  • may not start due to injury suffered in last start

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Jerome Williams continues to excel every time he's on the mound for the Giants. Out of all the Dbacks starters, Dessens is the worse of the four, and he gets to go against the Dbacks stopper in Williams. One thing's for certain, Williams will bring his good stuff to the mound as he has in his last outings, and in front of a home crowd he will be even more phenomenal.

    Damian Moss will be looking for his second straight win after semi- recovering from his mishaps of the first half of the season. I say semi- recovering because Moss never really gets rid of his wildness, and if it's effective then go for it, but if it's not, then that's when Moss gets into trouble. He'll be going up against Curt Schilling, so Moss better be prepared and those high runs allowed will have to stop with Schilling on the mound for Arizona.

    In the third game, Jim Brower will be looking to redeem himself against Arizona after his shaky performance in his last start against the Dbacks. He will be going against Miguel Batista, who is arguably the Dback's best pitcher currently. Brower had a great start in his last start against the Rockies, so he will look to forget about his bad start against the Dbacks and to continue pitching dominating innings.

    In the finale match, the Giants will be up against Brandon Webb, the pitcher who was able to give the Giants a loss in their last trip to Arizona. To avenge for their loss, the Giants are in hopes of sending Jason Schmidt to the mound, depending on the status of his right forearm.

    First Base:
    Lyle Overbay (.274)

  • .286 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Moss (2-3): one 2B
  • vs. Brower (0-1)
  • vs. Schmidt (1-3): one strikeout

    Mark Grace (.202)

  • .286 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Moss (0-1)
  • never faced Brower
  • vs. Schmidt (12-44): two homeruns, five RBIs, eleven walks, five strikeouts

    J.T. Snow (.270)

  • .202 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Dessens (2-10): one 2B, one RBI, three strikeouts
  • vs. Schilling (4-34): two 2Bs, one homerun, two RBIs, thirteen strikeouts
  • vs. Batista (6-26): one 2B, two RBIs, four strikeouts
  • vs. Webb (1-3): one homerun, one strikeout

    Andres Galarraga (.299)

  • .252 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Dessens (2-5): one homerun, two RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Schilling (5-49): one 2B, one homerun, five RBIs, twenty-two strikeouts
  • vs Batista (2-11): two homeruns, four RBIs, four strikeouts
  • vs. Webb (0-1): one strikeout

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Giants
    Overbay has not been producing offensively for the Dbacks. Snow has been struggling a little offensively since the start of the second half but has been seeing the ball well in that number 2 spot. Galarraga continues with consistency when Snow is benched against left-handed pitchers.

    Second Base:
    Junior Spivey (.255)

  • .235 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Moss (2-4): one homerun
  • never faced Brower
  • vs. Schmidt (4-21): one 2B, three RBIs, seven strikeouts

    Carlos Baerga (.327)

  • .170 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Moss (0-3): one strikeout
  • never faced Brower
  • vs. Schmidt (5-20): one 2B, one homerun, two RBIs

    Matt Kata (.330)

  • .429 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Williams (0-3): two strikeouts
  • never faced Moss
  • never faced Brower
  • vs. Schmidt (1-4): one homerun, one strikeout

    Ray Durham (.293)

  • .382 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Dessens (1-5): one homerun, one strikeout
  • vs. Schilling (2-3): one homerun
  • vs. Batista (1-5): one homerun, two RBIs
  • never faced Webb

    Neifi Perez (.282)

  • .295 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Dessens (3-12): one 3B, two RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Schilling (5-25): four strikeouts
  • vs. Batista (7-15): two 2Bs, one 3B, three RBIs
  • vs. Webb (1-4)

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Giants
    Junior Spivey is still injured for the Dbacks, which really gives them a blow offensively. Kata was producing when he was first sent up from the minors, but recently he has been cold. Durham continues to stay consistent and Perez has been decent off the bench for the Giants.

    Shortstop:
    Alex Cintron (.304)

  • .269 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Moss (0-3)
  • vs. Brower (1-1): one RBI, one walk
  • vs. Schmidt (3-8): one homerun, one strikeout

    Craig Counsell (.273)

  • .206 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Williams (0-1): one RBI, two walks
  • vs. Moss (0-2): one strikeout
  • vs. Brower (0-1): one strikekout
  • vs. Schmidt (7-28): two 2Bs, two RBIs, six strikeouts

    Rich Aurilia (.270)

  • .267 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Dessens (4-13): two homeruns
  • vs. Schilling (12-45): two 2Bs, two homeruns, seventeen strikeouts
  • vs. Batista (4-16): two homeruns, five RBIs, two strikeouts
  • vs. Webb (1-3)

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Giants
    Aurilia is hot, enough said. Against Colorado, he went 3-3 in the first game, picked up three RBIs with a triple in the second game, and had his second 4-4 game this season. And with the two homeruns he has against Dessens, Schilling, and Batista, look for him to have some pop in his bat.

    Third Base:
    Shea Hillenbrand (.318)

  • .462 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Williams (0-3): one strikeout
  • never faced Moss
  • vs. Brower (0-1)
  • vs. Schmidt (2-4): one 2B, one RBI, one strikeout

    Robby Hammock (.274)

  • .250 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Moss
  • vs. Brower (0-1): one strikeout
  • never faced Schmidt

    Edgardo Alfonzo (.243)

  • .243 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Dessens (3-14): one homerun, two RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Schilling (6-31): one 2B, one RBI, twelve strikeouts
  • vs. Batista (6-26): two 2Bs, one homerun, four RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Webb (1-3): two strikeouts

    Pedro Feliz (.220)

  • against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Dessens
  • vs. Schilling (0-8): five strikeouts
  • vs. Batista (0-3): one strikeout
  • vs. Webb

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Tied
    Hammock has been struggling recently for the Dbacks and so has Hillenbrand, but Hillenbrand's success against Giants pitching can not be ignored. Alfonzo is showing definite signs of hitting the ball, and the Giants will need him to produce to win ball games.

    Catcher:
    Chad Moeller (.308)

  • .429 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Williams (0-2): one strikeout
  • vs. Moss (2-2): one 2B, two RBIs
  • vs. Brower (1-3)
  • vs. Schmidt (2-5): two 2Bs, three strikeouts

    Rod Barajas (.231)

  • .158 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Moss
  • vs. Brower (0-2): one strikeout
  • vs. Schmidt (2-14: six strikeouts

    Yorvit Torrealba (.250)

  • .308 against Dbacks pitchers
  • never faced Dessens
  • vs. Schilling (2-4): one 2B
  • vs. Batista (1-3): one 2B, one RBI
  • vs. Webb (0-2): two strikeouts

    Alberto Castillo (.400)

  • .143 against Dbacks pitchers
  • never faced Dessens
  • never faced Schilling
  • never faced Batista
  • never faced Webb

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Defense: Tied
    Offense: Tied
    The Giants lose a lot offensively with Santiago out of the lineup, but Torrealba has been doing a good job behind the plate and at the plate. Castillo showed a little pop in his bat in his first start as a Giant, launching his first career grand slam against the Rockies.

    Left Field:
    Luis Gonzalez (.308)

  • .247 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Williams (0-2)
  • vs. Moss (1-5): one homerun, three RBIs
  • vs. Brower (1-2): one 2B, one RBI
  • vs. Schmidt (13-52): two 2Bs, three homeruns, ten RBIs, eight strikeouts

    Barry Bonds (.322)

  • .282 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Dessens (3-7): one 2B, two homeruns, three RBIs, two strikeouts
  • vs. Schilling (20-73): four 2Bs, one 2B, eight homeruns, twenty RBIs, sixteen walks, eleven strikeouts
  • vs. Batista (7-21): two 2Bs, four homeruns, seven RBIs, two strikeouts
  • vs. Webb (0-1): two walks

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Giants
    Gonzalez has not been doing well against the Giants this season, although he started to heat up in his last game against the Giants. Gonzalez is a good player, but he loses against Bonds. Look for Bonds to be smashing more homers and doing what he does best.

    Center Field:
    Steve Finley (.313)

  • .247 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Williams (0-3)
  • vs. Moss (0-5): two strikeouts
  • vs. Brower (1-2): one 2B, one RBI
  • vs. Schmidt (15-56): one 2B, one 3B, five RBIs, thirteen strikeouts

    Luis Terrero (.250)

  • .000 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Moss
  • never faced Brower
  • never faced Schmidt

    Marquis Grissom (.312)

  • .243 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Dessens (5-22): one 2B, one RBI, three strikeouts
  • vs. Schilling (27-84): three 2Bs, two homeruns, seven RBIs, twenty strikeouts
  • vs. Batista (5-17): two homeruns, five RBIs, five strikeouts
  • vs. Webb (0-3): two strikeouts

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Defense: Tied
    Offense: Tied
    Hopefully Grissom's little collision with the wall didn't cause him any major injuries, but as we all saw, this guy plays hard and delivers every time, no matter if it's on the field or in the batter's box. Finley has been a consistent hitter for the Dbacks and his recent struggles against the Giants ended in the last game against the Giants.

    Right Field:
    Danny Bautista (.260)

  • .290 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Moss (1-5)
  • never faced Brower
  • vs. Schmidt (0-5)

    David Dellucci (.259)

  • .328 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Williams (1-2): one strikeout
  • never faced Moss
  • vs. Brower (0-2)
  • vs. Schmidt (7-20): one 2B, one 3B, two RBIs, four strikeouts

    Quinton McCracken (.228)

  • .265 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Moss
  • vs. Brower (2-3): one RBI
  • vs. Schmidt (5-13): one 2B, five RBIs, two strikeouts

    Jose Cruz, Jr. (.266)

  • .106 against Dbacks pitchers
  • vs. Dessens (0-2)
  • vs. Schilling (1-15): one RBI, five strikeouts
  • vs. Batista (2-13): one RBI, four strikeouts
  • vs. Webb (2-3): one homerun, two RBIs

    Tony Torcato (.000)

  • .000 against Dbacks pitchers
  • never faced Dessens
  • never faced Schilling
  • never faced Batista
  • never faced Webb

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Giants
    Cruz has been beginning to swing the bat more now and has taken over the spot hitting behind Bonds. He's been producing offensively and there's never a question of his defensive abilities on the field.

    BULLPEN: GIANTS
    Relievers: Giants
    The Giants bullpen has been superb, in short and long relief. Schmidt had to leave his last start in an emergency but the bullpen came through to help him get his tenth win. Joe Nathan and Scott Eyre have become the ideal set-up men for the set-up man, and Felix Rodriguez has been solid but is still experiencing some rough outings. Jason Christiansen has been good in short relief, and with the addition of Matt Herges to the bullpen, the Giants have only strengthened themselves in relief pitching.

    Closer: Giants
    Tim Worrell continues his excellence, recording his twenty-first save against the Rockies. Worrell had a shaky outing against Arizona in the second game of the last series against the Dbacks, but has recovered since then. His role will be important in these close games with the pennant race on the line.



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