Opening the series for the Giants will be Jason Schmidt (9-2, 2.26), who has nine straight wins, going against former Cy Young winner, Barry Zito (4-4, 4.81). Schmidt has had decent success against the A's, but Eric Karros is 17-44 against him with two doubles and a homerun, but also has nine strikeouts. Scott Hatteberg is 3-7, but the rest of the A's have been quiet against Schmidt. Zito has no pitched well this season, but has always had success against the Giants. Aside from Cruz being 6-17 with three doubles and a jack, Neifi Perez being 8-16 with a jack, and Dustan Mohr going 4-11 with a double, one or two hits are scattered throughout the Giants' lineup against Zito.
In the second game, Kirk Rueter (3-6, 4.75) will take the mound against the young Rich Harden (3-5, 4.25). In limited experience against the A's, Rueter has not done well against them. Karros is 15-48 with two doubles and three homeruns, and Mark Kotsay is 9-27 with a double. Jermaine Dye has three hits in seven at-bats with a jack. Harden's only track record against San Francisco is against Tucker and Cruz, with Tucker going 0-3 against him and Cruz going 1-2.
For the series finale, San Francisco's Dustin Hermanson (2-2, 4.86) will pitch against Oakland's ace, Tim Hudson (7-3, 2.98). Hermanson will try to get a decision after getting eight no-decisions this season, against a team he hasn't had much experience with. Karros is 8- 26 with two jacks, and Kotsay is 5-21. Durazo has one hit in three at- bats, and the rest of Oakland are either hitless or haven't faced Hermanson before. Against Hudson, Bonds and Tucker have done well, both going 6-14. Bonds has one double and two homeruns, and Tucker has three doubles with one jack. Pierzynski is 4-15 and Cruz is 6-25.
Matt Herges (4-2, 4.86) hopes to continue his success in save situations, as he has gathered twenty so far this season. The only A's player who has a hit against him is Durazo, who is 1-4. The rest of the A's have either not faced Herges, or is hitless, including Kotsay's 0-7 and Damian Miller's 0-6. The A's Arthur Rhodes (3-3, 5.28) has not been doing well for the A's at all, with only nine saves for the season. However, he has been effective against the Giants, with only Snow, going 3-7 with a roundtripper, and Alfonzo, going 2-4 with a jack, who have success against him. Because of Rhodes' inability to produce as closer, the A's brought Houston's Octavio Dotel (0-4, 3.12) onboard, and he may pitch as early as Friday for Oakland. The only Giants who have hit Dotel well are Neifi Perez (3-6) and Durham (2-3).
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