Everything's been going well for the Giants, whether it be clutch hitting or great pitching. They swept both of their four game series against division rivals opening the second half and are now ready to face the bottom of the division in San Diego. The Giants are rolling hot right now, and anyone who comes into Pac Bell Park will be sent back out with their heads hanging in shame.
San Diego has been tough and have been hanging in there, even though they're sitting at the bottom of the division. They've been able to do a lot of damage to NL West teams, especially LA and Arizona, which is good news for the Giants. They took the series against the Cardinals, a top offensive team, but fell short in the last game.
Adam Eaton (5-7, 3.95 ERA)
Kevin Jarvis (3-2, 4.43 ERA)
Jake Peavy (8-7, 4.54 ERA)
Kirk Rueter (7-3, 4.46 ERA)
Jerome Williams (5-1, 2.83 ERA)
Jesse Foppert (6-8, 5.53 ERA)
Rueter makes his return after spending fifteen days on the DL with a strained shoulder. He will be looking to make up for lost time and for some rough outings he had before his injury. He will be going up against Eaton, who has been the best starting pitcher for the Padres.
The Padres' second best pitcher, Jarvis, will make the start against the Giants' Williams. Williams has been spectacular for the Giants, but had a little trouble in his last start against Arizona. Still, he didn't lose the game, but managed to get a no decision and the Giants ended up winning that game.
In the last game, Foppert will be looking to continue his excellent performance coming back from the minors. He will be up against Peavy of the Padres. Foppert pitched through more than five innings in his last start, something he hasn't done in over a month.
Ryan Klesko (.262)
Dave Hansen (.245)
J.T. Snow (.272)
Andres Galarraga (.307)
Klesko is one of San Diego's best hitters. Snow has been consistent and has been keeping his on base percentage up. Galarraga has also been consistent as a pinch hitter as well.
Mark Loretta (.315)
Ray Durham (.293)
Neifi Perez (.276)
Loretta has been a hot hitter for the Padres, and right after Durham received some criticism for getting into a slump, he had two jacks in his last game against the Dbacks. Durham's bat is hot right now and so is Loretta's.
Ramon Vazquez (.273)
Rich Aurilia (.267)
After being named NL Player of the Week, Aurilia has cooled off a bit, but is still being consistent offensively and always solid defensively.
Sean Burroughs (.292)
Lou Merloni (.279)
Edgardo Alfonzo (.245)
Pedro Feliz (.231)
Burroughs has not been doing well for the Padres. Alfonzo will be coming back after sitting out for three games because of his jammed finger, and Feliz has done a decent job subbing in for him.
Gary Bennett (.189)
Miguel Ojeda (.250)
Yorvit Torrealba (.246)
Alberto Castillo (.400)
Even though Santiago is still on the DL, Torrealba and Castillo have been doing a great job in the catcher's spot, offensively and defensively. They are both calling good games for their pitchers, and are both delivering in the clutch offensively.
Rondell White (.277)
Barry Bonds (.329)
After going the second half without much of a homerun flair, Bonds made himself heard in his last two games with jacks, and the last one being a game winning slam. White has also been another consistent hitter for the Padres, but Bonds is Bonds.
Mark Kotsay (.249)
Gary Matthews, Jr. (.243)
Marquis Grissom (.314)
How good has Grissom been? He delivers every time he's up to bat and he plays hard, offensively and defensively. He's been the biggest surprise for the Giants this year. Kotsay and Matthews both have decent records against the Giants pitching.
Xavier Nady (.253)
Brian Buchanan (.292)
Jose Cruz, Jr. (.259)
Tony Torcato (.333)
Cruz has been struggling offensively a bit, but he continues to be impressive on the defensive end. He also suffered a collision in game 3 of the Dbacks series that left him shaky.
One guy that Bonds will be happy to not see come out of the Padres bullpen is Jesse Orosco, who was traded to the Yankees earlier. Other than Orosco and Jay Witasick coming out of the Padres' bullpen, they have been struggling. The Giants' bullpen had a few tests in the last series, coming into games with inherited runners and getting in and out of jams, but still allowing minimal damage.
Rod Beck has been good for the Padres, and so has Tim Worrell for the Giants. Both Beck and Worrell have been able to give their teams the win by saving their games, so if these games are close, look for these two closers to fight it out to the finish.
Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for SFDugout.com. Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at email@example.com
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