Not only are the Giants playing back at home, but also the Pirates have not been doing so well. They are a team under .500, and have been looking to trade away a lot of their talent to look to build a worthier team next season.
The Giants are banged up with injuries left and right to many key players, while Pittsburgh lost their important second baseman, Pokey Reese.
Things To Look For:
Kip Wells (5-4, 3.62 ERA)
Josh Fogg (6-6, 5.42 ERA)
Salomon Torres (5-3, 4.43 ERA)
Jason Schmidt (11-4, 2.44 ERA)
Sidney Ponson (14-6, 3.77 ERA)
Jason Schmidt makes the start against Kip Wells. Schmidt has been recovering from minor injuries and is expected to be in top shape for this series. His ERA is still impressive and the Pirates are unable to find an answer to him, batting at .149 as a team against him. Wells only gave up two homeruns to any current Giant, and one of them belongs to the recovering Aurilia.
Sidney Ponson makes his debut as a Giant in the second game of This series against the struggling Josh Fogg. Ponson would need all the help he can get as the Pirates are batting .429 against him, even though that is due to a limited amount of players faced and plate appearances. Fogg doesn't fair any better, with the Giants batting .417 against him. Giant fans will see what their new acquirement can do in San Francisco.
The Giants have rarely seen Salomon Torres, the starter for the last game of this series. The Pirates have no seen Jerome Williams before, and as always, he will be expected to have an outstanding performance. Williams received a no decision in his last start.
Randall Simon (.270)
Carlos Rivera (.154)
J.T. Snow (.273)
Andres Galarraga (.311)
With Snow coming back from his rest due to his groin, it will finally give Galarraga a chance to sit, even though the Big Cat showed no signs of slowing down or getting old as he came off a good roadtrip.
Abraham O. Nunez (.251)
Jeff Reboulet (.253)
Ray Durham (.281)
Durham has been getting a few days off due to a strained hamstring in the past few games, but is expected to be back in the lineup. Nunez has been very impressive as of late for the Pirates, but his numbers are horrible against the Giants.
Jack Wilson (.245)
Neifi Perez (.269)
The Giants are hurt severely with the loss of Aurilia. Not only have they lost a starting player, but it takes away the option of Perez pinch hitting, where he has done averagely. Still, Perez is a better shortstop than Wilson.
Jose Hernandez (.233)
Edgardo Alfonzo (.252)
Pedro Feliz (.226)
Alfonzo has been on fire. He was the only Giant with a consistent road trip, gathering two jacks and many more RBIs on the Giants' other wise bad road trip. The Pirates don't even have an official third baseman, as Hernandez played shortstop for the Rockies before being traded. Hernandez is a constant strikeout victim.
Jason Kendall (.301)
Humberto Cota (.200)
Benito Santiago (.285)
Yorvit Torrealba (.248)
Santiago finally started showing signs of coming back offensively in the last game against the Reds, where he collected a few hits. Kendall has also been doing well for the Pirates, and has a good record against Giant pitching.
Brian Giles (.305)
Barry Bonds (.330)
Despite Giles' recent success, Bonds is Bonds. He was just named player of the month of the month of July, and on top of that, he has a whopping .462 average against Pirates pitching. Bonds owns his former team.
Tike Redman (.308)
Marquis Grissom (.310)
Redman has not had very much success against the Giants at all, but Grissom has had great success against the Pirates. Grissom also continues his great season offensively and defensively.
Reggie Sanders (.258)
Matt Stairs (.299)
Craig Wilson> (.240)
Jose Cruz, Jr. (.247)
Jeffrey Hammonds (.167)
Cruz has not been able to find any type of rythm offensively, but he continues to be good defensively. Hammonds has also shown good signs in the few starts he already made. Sanders returns to Pac Bell, and not at any better of a time. He's being very consistent with his bat, and so is Stairs.
Brian Meadows has been doing very well for the Pirates, but Duane Sanchez has been struggling. The Giants bullpen as a whole has been very tired on the road trip and have given up some late inning games. Felix Rodriguez will look to redeem himself for the two losses he took against the Reds.
The Pirates don't even have a real closer listed in their lineup. Tim Worrell has been struggling when he comes into non-save situations, but he's lights out in save situations, which is all that matters.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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