Montreal Expos: 8/15-8/18 Series

After six hours in the parking lot at Shea, a ride to Phillie, then a plane that arrived in Montreal at 4:45 this morning, the Giants are ready to play ball! How will Livian fair against his former team? Let's take a look...

OVERALL PREDICTION: GIANTS
The Giants are struggling on the road and hope to regain some ground in Montreal. With their last game being cancelled and them having a long road trip from New York to Montreal, the Giants hope they have enough rest to do something productive against one of their former teammates.

SERIES QUESTIONABLES:
San Francisco:

  • J.T. Snow (1B): groin (day-to-day status)
  • Ray Durham (2B): hamstring (15-day DL)
  • Rich Aurilia (SS): appendectomy (15-day DL)
  • Barry Bonds (LF): bereavement (4-7 days)

    Montreal:

  • Fernando Tatis (3B)
  • Michael Barrett (C)

    Starters:
    Dustin Hermanson (2-2, 4.79 ERA)

  • Expos batting .083 against him
  • only faced 3 Expos (Tatis, Cordero, Hernandez)

    Jason Schmidt (12-4, 2.32 ERA)

  • Expos batting .318 against him
  • missed last start

    Sidney Ponson (14-8, 3.83 ERA)

  • Expos batting .386 against him
  • has not won as a Giant yet

    Jerome Williams (5-3, 3.39 ERA)

  • never faced Expos
  • lost last start
  • has not won in last 5 starts

    Livian Hernandez (12-7, 3.20 ERA)

  • Giants batting .347 against him
  • only gave up five homeruns to Giants (Grissom, Alfonzo-2, Cruz, Aurilia)

    Zach Day (6-4, 3.69 ERA)

  • Giants batting .280 against him
  • only Giant with success against him is Aurilia (2-3, .667)

    Tomo Ohka (8-10, 4.66 ERA)

  • Giants batting .354 against him
  • Grissom batting .636 against him, 7-11

    Javier Vazquez (10-8, 3.62 ERA)

  • Giants batting .280 against him

    PREDICTION: TIED

    First Base:
    J.T. Snow (.270)

  • .211 against Expos pitchers
  • vs. Hernandez (1-7): two strikeouts
  • vs. Day (1-4)
  • vs. Ohka (1-8)
  • vs. Vazquez (6-20): two 2Bs, five RBIs, four strikeouts

    Andres Galarraga (.302)

  • .200 against Expos pitchers
  • vs. Hernandez (5-14): one 2B, one homerun, five RBIs, three strikeouts
  • never faced Day
  • vs. Ohka (1-3): one homerun
  • vs. Vazquez (1-15): eight strikeouts

    Wil Cordero (.271)

  • .474 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Hermanson (0-4)
  • never faced Schmidt
  • vs. Ponson (6-7): one 2B, one homerun, three RBIs

    PREDICTION: TIED

    Second Base:
    Edgardo Alfonzo (.250)

  • .277 against Expos pitchers
  • vs. Hernandez (15-40): three 3Bs, two homeruns, nine RBIs, seven strikeouts
  • vs. Day (1-3)
  • vs. Ohka (7-15): two 2Bs, one homerun, three RBIs, four strikeouts
  • vs. Vazquez (8-34): four 2Bs, two RBIs, five strikeouts

    Jose Vidro (.322)

  • .275 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Schmidt (4-15): two RBIs, one strikeout

    PREDICTION: TIED

    Shortstop:
    Neifi Perez (.262)

  • .231 against Expos pitchers
  • vs. Hernandez (5-17): one 2B, four RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Day (0-4)
  • vs. Ohka (2-6)
  • vs. Vazquez (2-9)

    Cody Ransom (.333)

  • never faced Expos

    Orlando Cabrera (.299)

  • .175 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • vs. Schmidt (2-14): one RBI
  • vs. Ponson (0-5): two strikeouts

    Henry Mateo (.282)

  • .000 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced any starters

    PREDICTION: EXPOS

    Third Base:
    Pedro Feliz (.219)

  • .500 against Expos pitchers
  • never faced Hernandez
  • never faced Day
  • vs. Ohka (2-2): one 2B
  • vs. Vazquez (1-3)

    Edwards Guzman (.242)

  • .250 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced starters

    Jamey Carroll (.263)

  • .000 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced starters

    PREDICTION: TIED

    Catcher:
    Benito Santiago (.279)

  • .318 against Expos pitchers
  • vs. Hernandez (1-6)
  • vs. Day (1-4): one RBI
  • vs. Ohka (4-11): two 2Bs, one strikeout
  • vs. Vazquez (2-9): one RBI, one strikeout

    Yorvit Torrealba (.250)

  • .000 against Expos pitchers
  • never faced starters

    Brian Schneider (.236)

  • .000 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • never faced Schmidt
  • vs. Ponson (0-2): one walk

    PREDICTION: GIANTS

    Left Field:
    Brad Wilkerson (.262)

  • .400 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • vs. Schmidt (2-3): one 3B, one strikeout
  • never faced Ponson

    Jose Macias (.261)

  • .267 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • vs. Schmidt (0-3): one strikeout
  • vs. Ponson (2-4): one RBI, one strikeout

    Joe Vitiello (.375)

  • 1.000 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced any starters

    PREDICTION: TIED

    Center Field:
    Marquis Grissom (.305)

  • .313 against Expos pitchers
  • vs. Hernandez (15-46): two 2Bs, one homerun, five RBIs, eight strikeouts
  • vs. Day (1-3): one RBI
  • vs. Ohka (7-11): two 2Bs, two RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Vazquez (7-24): one 2B, one homerun, four RBIs, seven strikeouts

    Endy Chavez (.253)

  • .333 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • vs. Schmidt (1-2): one walk
  • never faced Ponson

    PREDICTION: GIANTS

    Right Field:
    Jose Cruz, Jr. (.254)

  • .261 against Expos pitchers
  • vs. Hernandez (4-8): one homerun, one strikeout
  • vs. Day (1-4): one 2B
  • vs. Ohka (1-6): one 2B, two strikeouts
  • vs. Vazquez (4-6): one 2B, one homerun, two RBIs

    Jeffrey Hammonds (.185)

  • .351 against Expos pitchers
  • vs. Hernandez (7-15): one 2B, one 3B, four RBIs, two strikeouts
  • never faced Day
  • vs. Ohka (0-3): one strikeout
  • vs. Vazquez (5-12): one 2B, one 3B, four RBIs, two strikeouts

    Tony Torcato

  • never faced Expos

    Vladimir Guerrero (.318)

  • .368 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Hermanson
  • vs. Schmidt (11-23): two 2Bs, two homeruns, seven RBIs, three strikeouts
  • vs. Ponson (4-11): one 3B, one homerun, two strikeouts

    Ron Calloway (.234)

  • .000 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced any starters

    PREDICTION: EXPOS

    BULLPEN: GIANTS
    Relievers: Giants
    Scott Downs has been struggling and T.J. Tucker is doing well for the Expos. The Giants' bullpen has been tired, but they should be rested for this series.

    Closer: Giants
    Rocky Biddle has been having trouble closing out games, and Tim Worrell has not had too many appearances for the Giants in the last series.



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