ATLANTA BRAVES (23-23) @ SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (28-20)
Thursday MAY 28, 2015 @ 10:15 PM
Shelby Miller, RHP (5-1) 1.50 ERA/3.22 FIP/3.78 xFIP
Chris Heston, RHP (4-3) 4.33 ERA/3.86 FIP/3.48 xFIPWith an expanded repertoire that now includes both a sinker and a cutter, Miller has proven to be one of the game's most dominant pitchers this year. He has limited opponents to a .144 batting average in his past four starts.
Heston has a 12.91 ERA in his last two starts, but this has been overlooked largely because the Giants won both games. His record is much better on the road (3-1) than at home, but his ERA at AT&T Park (2.77) is far better than away from it (5.79).
FRIDAY MAY 29, 2015 @ 10:15 PM
Mike Foltynewicz, RHP (3-1) 4.25 ERA/3.83 FIP/4.49 xFIP
Tim Hudson, RHP (2-4) 5.04 ERA/5.09 FIP/4.27 xFIPWhile shying away from his changeup recently, Foltynewicz has produced better whiff rates with his curveball and slider. The rookie's command proven to be much better than expected when he joined Atlanta's rotation earlier this month.
SATURDAY MAY 30, 2015 @ 10:05 PMHudson has yielded five earned runs or more in three of his nine starts. His ratios of strikeouts to walks (1.73) and home runs per nine innings (1.3) are personal worsts. His ERA would set another unwanted precedent if it remains above 4.86.
Williams Perez, RHP (0-0) 4.05 ERA/3.27 FIP/2.92 xFIP
Tim Lincecum, RHP (5-2) 2.56 ERA/4.01 FIP/4.35 xFIPThough he has produced promising results through his first two career starts, Perez has encountered frequent trouble. He has induced timely ground balls with his sinker. His curveball and changeup weren't as effective his last time out.
Lincecum surrendered three homers in his previous outing after allowing just one in 47 2/3 innings beforehand, but picked up the win. He holds a career 2.76 ERA in 15 starts against the Braves, striking out 103 in 98 innings.
SUNDAY MAY 31, 2015 @ 4:05 PM
Julio Teheran, RHP (4-2) 4.91 ERA/5.16 FIP/4.14 xFIP
Madison Bumgarner, LHP (6-2) 3.00 ERA/3.53 FIP/3.70 xFIPTeheran has battled inconsistent command throughout this frustration-filled season. He has allowed at least 10 hits in three of his past six starts. Left-handed hitters have produced a .456 on-base percentage against him.
If Bumgarner arranged to pitch on the last day of May, it wouldn't be surprising. He's 9-1 in May decisions over the last two seasons, more than any other pitcher in this particular time span.