Barry Bonds missed the series finale in Tampa Bay due to personal reasons, but will be back in Baltimore. However, in his last start against the Devil Rays, Bonds went 1-5. Hopefully as he's taken care of what he had to, his mind would be cleared for this series.
Pedro Feliz has been off since leaving Arizona. Despite his numbers in Colorado, they have been bent due to Coors' Field. Feliz has been off balance on his swings, and he's obviously trying to do too much. His defensive mishaps are clearly an indication of a need for rest.
The good news is that Michael Tucker has been real solid for the Giants, and real solid in the leadoff spot. He's been getting on base, and he's been getting some of the few clutch hits that the Giants have been lacking.
In the series opener, Dustin Hermanson (2-2, 3.86) will toe the rubber against Erik Bedard (1-2, 5.14). Hermanson has been solid all year round for the Giants, and finally earned his first win in seven weeks in his last start. Javy Lopez is 3-18 with five strikeouts against Hermanson, while B.J. Surhoff has six hits in fourteen at-bats, including two doubles and a homerun. Rafael Palmeiro is 0-8, and Luis Lopez has a few knocks against Hermanson in limited at-bats. Bedard, the young right-hander, has never faced any of the Giants before.
Following that game will be Brett Tomko's (1-4, 5.86) start against Rodrigo Lopez (5-2, 2.96), who has been real solid for the Orioles this season. The only Giant who has a hit against him is Deivi Cruz, who is 1-3. Tucker, Neifi Perez, and A.J. Pierzynski all have three at-bats and no hits. Tomko continues to struggle as a Giant, not being able to go past five innings in many of his starts. Palmeiro is 4-10 against Tomko with two doubles and a homerun, while Lopez has three hits in ten at-bats, also including a homerun. With Miguel Tejada going 0-7 against Tomko, David Sequi is 4-7 including yet another jack in his record against Tomko.
In the series and roadtrip finale, the Giants will send up Jerome Williams (5-4, 4.36) to counter former Giant, Sidney Ponson (3-7, 6.47). Williams pitched a gem in his last start, allowing just one run in more than eight innings of work. Only two Orioles have faced Williams. Tejada has two hits in six at-bats, and Lopez has one hit in three plate appearances against Williams, which was a roundtripper. Ponson had a short-lived and short welcomed stint as a Giant, and other than the injured Ray Durham, who is 7-22 against Ponson, Pierzynski has the next best success with three hits in eight at-bats. Perez and Cruz both have two hits in limited at-bats.
The Giants' bullpen has been their biggest weakness lately. They haven't been able to solidly put opponents away, but hope to get back on track in Baltimore. Matt Herges (1-2, 5.72) will try to earn a save in this series as he hasn't gotten one in the Tampa Bay series. Luis Lopez has two hits in two at-bats against Herges, but the rest of the Balitmore team haven't been as successful. Jorge Julio (1-1, 3.24) have great numbers against the Giants who have faced him, with only Pierzynski and Tucker getting one hit each off him.
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