After taking last night's opening game 6-2 and creating some separation between themselves, and the only team that can seemingly push them out of a wild card spot in the Cardinals, the Giants look to create even more distance with Matt Moore on the hill against rookie Luke Weaver.
Moore is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA over his last five starts. Outside of the Rockies plating six against Moore, he has been solid over this stretch, and has limited the damage in just about each of his starts since coming over from the Tampa Bay Rays at the trade deadline. Friday's start will mark the first time that Moore will face St. Louis in his career. In his last outing in Arizona, Moore matched a career-high in strikeouts with eleven over seven productive innings.
Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak last night to nine games with a first inning two-run homer off Adam Wainwright. Over his past nine, Pence is batting .486 (17-for-35) with ten runs, five doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. He will be batting cleanup tonight.
The Giants and Tigers are two of the best defensive teams in the majors this year. San Francisco hasn't made an error in their last eleven contests, and just one error has been committed over the last month (29 games).
One matchup to watch will be the Giants pitchers attempting to keep the Cardinals sluggers in the yard. Giants pitchers have allowed the third-fewest home runs at home (62 in 72 games), while the Cardinals have belted 115 home runs on the road, which is most in the Majors.
The Giants are looking for their first home winning streak since beating the Mets in back-to-back games on August 18 and 19.
The entire Giants lineup looks like this: