Marlins vs Giants Series Preview

The Giants finally found a way to take a series away from a visiting opponent… against the Atlanta Braves no less.

That should provide a surge of momentum for a team that is still trying to fire on all cylinders. They will certainly need every ounce of swing and swagger because the visiting Florida Marlins are showing no signs of fading into ironic baseball parity. They have been beating up NL East teams like they did down the 2003 stretch on their way to a World Series title.

The Giants take a newfound sense of hitting into a series that will surely test their mettle. Luckily fortunes are rising for key players on the Giants. Michael Tucker has hit his first home run and was a triple shy of the cycle Wednesday night. A.J. Pierzynski is breaking out of a horrible slump, and Edgardo Alfonso boosted his average to .219 in his latest hitting streak.

Barry Bonds continues to be denied a pitch within the same zip code. He has been frozen on his home run tear at 9 by opposing managers that want nothing to do with whether or not their pitching staff can sneak one by the cagey veteran. The .400 batting average watch is still on for Bonds…

Florida currently leads the NL East by 3 games over Atlanta. They are currently 6-4 in their last 10 contests.

The Marlins bring in a pitching staff loaded with live arms only matched by the Oakland A's. Luckily for the Giants they won't have to face World Series MVP Josh Beckett. The Giant's pitching is slowly gaining a foothold on things, but still need to avoid that one big inning that opens the door to an opposing team conga line around the bags.

Pitching match-ups for the series:
Game one Jerome Williams (3-1, 27.1 IP, 3.95 ERA) will face Brad Penny (2-1, 26.2 IP, 2.36 ERA). Friday will be spot-starter Kevin Correia (0-0, 4.0 IP, 3.74 ERA) vs. Dontrell Willis (3-0, 25.1 IP, 0.71 ERA). Saturday is Jason Schmidt (1-2, 16 IP, 5.63 ERA) vs. Carl Pavano (2-0, 27.0 IP, 3.33 ERA). Sunday's series ender is Kirk Reuter (0-3, 25 IP, 6.12 ERA) vs. Darren Oliver (2-1, 22.1 IP, 8.06 ERA).

Notes Starting pitcher Brian Cooper was designated for assignment and the Giants called up native San Franciscan pitcher Tyler Walker from AAA Fresno. Ray Durham was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. Replacing Durham will be Brian Dallimore, also from AAA Fresno. Reliever Rob Nen was placed on the 60-day DL, retroactive to March 26, to continue rehab on his troublesome shoulder.

Jeremy Nunes writes game recaps for He also sits up late at night trying to find a way to become a clever sports writer. He can be praised or berated at

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