San Diego Padres: 7/25-7/27 Series

One thing you have to give San Diego credit for is their ability to kill the Dodgers and Dbacks, and their inability to do anything against the Giants. No one can do anything against the Giants, they seem to be untouchable coming into the second half this season, but how long will it last? Long enough to have a good homestand I hope.

OVERALL PREDICTION: GIANTS
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.

SERIES QUESTIONABLES:
San Diego:

  • Keith Lockhart (2B): lower back strain (15-day DL)
  • Jason Bay (CF): wrist (15-day DL)
  • Phil Nevin (RF): shoulder (60-day DL)

    San Francisco:

  • Benito Santiago (C): left pinky finger (15-day DL)

    Starters:
    Adam Eaton (5-7, 3.95 ERA)

  • Giants batting .170 against him

    Kevin Jarvis (3-2, 4.43 ERA)

  • Giants batting .239 against him
  • gave up no homeruns or triple to any Giant
  • Rich Aurilia has seven doubles and is batting .545 against him

    Jake Peavy (8-7, 4.54 ERA)

  • Giants batting .328 against him

    Kirk Rueter (7-3, 4.46 ERA)

  • Padres batting .311 against him
  • first start since being placed on 15-day DL

    Jerome Williams (5-1, 2.83 ERA)

  • never faced Padres
  • got no decision in last start

    Jesse Foppert (6-8, 5.53 ERA)

  • Padres batting .353 against him

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    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.

    First Base:
    Ryan Klesko (.262)

  • .214 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Rueter (12-40): two 2Bs, one 3B, two homeruns, six RBIs, five strikeouts
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Foppert (2-3): one homerun, two RBIs

    Dave Hansen (.245)

  • never faced any Giants pitcher

    J.T. Snow (.272)

  • .318 against Padres pitchers
  • vs. Eaton (1-9): one 2B, three strikeouts LI> vs. Jarvis (6-16): two 2Bs, two RBIs, four strikeouts
  • vs. Peavy (4-8): one 2B, one 3B, one homerun, four RBIs, one strikeout

    Andres Galarraga (.307)

  • .234 against Padres pitchers
  • vs. Eaton (1-2): one homerun, one strikeout
  • vs. Jarvis (5-16): three homeruns, four RBIs, two strikeouts
  • never faced Peavy

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Tied
    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.

    Second Base:
    Mark Loretta (.315)

  • .284 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Rueter (5-17): one 2B, two RBIs
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert

    Ray Durham (.293)

  • .246 against Padres pitchers
  • vs. Eaton (0-3): one strikeout
  • vs. Jarvis (0-6): one strikeout
  • vs. Peavy (1-7): one 3B, two RBIs

    Neifi Perez (.276)

  • .255 against Padres pitchers
  • vs. Eaton (5-18): one 2B, one homerun, two RBIs, two strikeouts
  • vs. Jarvis (1-3)
  • vs. Peavy (0-1): one RBI

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Tied
    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.

    Shortstop:
    Ramon Vazquez (.273)

  • .167 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Rueter (0-1)
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert

    Rich Aurilia (.267)

  • .303 against Padres pitchers
  • vs. Eaton (3-15): one 2B, two strikeouts
  • vs. Jarvis (12-22): seven 2Bs, six RBIs, two strikeouts
  • vs. Peavy (2-8)

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Giants
    After being named NL Player of the Week, Aurilia has cooled off a bit, but is still being consistent offensively and always solid defensively.

    Third Base:
    Sean Burroughs (.292)

  • .273 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Rueter (2-8): one 2B, one RBI
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Foppert (1-2): one 3B, one RBI

    Lou Merloni (.279)

  • .438 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Rueter
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Foppert (1-3): two strikeouts

    Edgardo Alfonzo (.245)

  • .190 against Padres pitchers
  • vs. Eaton (2-6): one 2B, two RBIs
  • vs. Jarvis (1-10): one RBI, two strikeouts
  • vs. Peavy (0-4)

    Pedro Feliz (.231)

  • .467 against Padres pitchers
  • never faced Eaton
  • vs. Jarvis (1-1)
  • never faced Peavy

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Giants
    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.

    Catcher:
    Gary Bennett (.189)

  • .250 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Rueter (4-10): two RBIs, one strikeout
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Foppert (0-2)

    Miguel Ojeda (.250)

  • .286 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Rueter
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert

    Yorvit Torrealba (.246)

  • .263 against Padres pitchers
  • never faced Eaton
  • vs. Jarvis (1-3): one strikeout
  • vs. Peavy (2-4): one 2B, one RBI

    Alberto Castillo (.400)

  • .200 against Padres pitchers
  • never faced Eaton
  • never faced Jarvis
  • vs. Peavy (0-2)

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Giants
    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.

    Left Field:
    Rondell White (.277)

  • .246 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Rueter (6-18): two homeruns, five RBIs, one strikeout
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Foppert (2-3): one homerun

    Barry Bonds (.329)

  • .295 against Padres pitchers
  • vs. Eaton (4-10): one 2B, two homeruns, one strikeout
  • vs. Jarvis (4-20): one 2B, one homerun, three RBIs, two strikeouts
  • vs. Peavy (2-6): two homeruns, three RBIs, two strikeouts

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Giants
    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.

    Center Field:
    Mark Kotsay (.249)

  • .300 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Rueter (9-22): one 2B, one RBI, two strikeouts
  • never faced Williams
  • vs. Foppert (0-3): two strikeouts

    Gary Matthews, Jr. (.243)

  • .321 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Rueter (2-6): one strikeout
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert

    Marquis Grissom (.314)

  • .226 against Padres pitchers
  • vs. Eaton (1-14): three strikeouts
  • vs. Jarvis (3-17): two 2Bs, five RBIs, six strikeouts
  • vs. Peavy (4-12): one RBI, one strikeout

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Giants
    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.

    Right Field:
    Xavier Nady (.253)

  • .250 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Rueter (1-2): one 2B
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert

    Brian Buchanan (.292)

  • .357 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Rueter
  • never faced Williams
  • never faced Foppert

    Jose Cruz, Jr. (.259)

  • .283 against Padres pitchers
  • vs. Eaton (1-2): one homerun, one walk
  • vs. Jarvis (0-6): two strikeouts
  • vs. Peavy (4-6): two homeruns, three RBIs

    Tony Torcato (.333)

  • never faced any Padres pitchers

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Defense: Giants
    Offense: Giants
    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.

    BULLPEN: GIANTS
    Relievers: Giants
    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.

    Closer: Tied
    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.



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