Atlanta Braves @San Francisco Giants
Thursday, 5/9 10:15 PM
Julio Teheran, RHP (1-0, 5.08 ERA) vs Ryan Vogelsong, RHP (1-2, 7.20 ERA)
Teheran, whose last scheduled start was rained out, has allowed a combined three earned runs in his last two outings -- this after allowing 13 earned runs in his first three. He has 20 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings.
Friday, 5/10 10:15 PMVogelsong, in a rough stretch, said every pitch is a battle. In his last outing, he tossed 4 2/3 innings and allowed nine hits, seven runs and two walks with four strikeouts. He has yet to find anything resembling his top form.
Tim Hudson, RHP (4-1, 3.83 ERA) vs Matt Cain, RHP (1-2, 5.57 ERA)
Hudson is 2-0 in his last three starts, pitching to a 3.10 ERA. He has allowed more than three runs once all season, at Pittsburgh, which pushed his road ERA to 5.29.
If only Cain could always pitch against the Dodgers. He notched his first victory May 5, against Los Angeles. He's been fine physically and just needs to make better pitches. It's an important start to see if the ace is back for good.
Saturday, 5/11 4:05 PM
Paul Maholm, LHP (4-3, 3.09 ERA) vs Madison Bumgarner, LHP (3-1, 2.31 ERA)
Maholm won at Cincinnati in his last start, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in six of seven starts this season and has 38 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings.
Bumgarner is coming off his least effective start of the season. He gave up season highs of five runs and eight hits after allowing seven runs in his first six starts combined. He also threw a couple of costly wild pitches.
Sunday, 5/12 4:05 PM
Kris Medlen, RHP (1-4, 3.25 ERA) vs Tim Lincecum, RHP (2-2, 4.75 ERA)
Medlen pitched well in his last start, allowing two runs on four hits against the Reds. He walked two and struck out six, but a blown save by Craig Kimbrel cost him the win. Still, Medlen said it was the best he's felt all season.
Lincecum has averaged 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. But because he has pitched as many as seven innings just twice, he hasn't added to his franchise-record 32 games in which he has recorded 10 or more strikeouts.