PITTSBURGH PIRATES (74-52) @ SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (56-70)
Game 1: Thursday, August 22nd @ 7:15 PM
Jeff Locke..........Matthew Thomas Cain
Code:24 Starts 25 9 Wins 8 4 Losses 8 2.90 ERA 4.35 1.32 WHIP 1.12 139.2 IP 153.0 103 K's 137 68 BB's 47
Pirates: The young lefty tries to reverse a second-half trend that has seen him allow hits at double his first-half rate. His opponents' average has gone from .196 to .233 and the ERA from 2.11 to 2.90 in that stretch, covering six starts.
Giants: Cain is coming off his fifth consecutive quality start in a second half that has seen the right-hander return to form after a rough first half. He has a 2.25 ERA in his past five starts (nine earned runs in 36 innings) since July 26.
Game 2: Friday, August 23rd @ 7:15 PM
Charlie Morton......Madison Bumgarden
Code:12 Starts 25 4 Wins 11 3 Losses 7 3.67 ERA 2.82 1.33 WHIP 1.02 68.2 IP 163.0 52 K's 157 17 BB's 50
Pirates: Morton is on a streak of three very strong, very consistent starts, going either seven or six innings each time with two runs allowed. He has an exceptional 34-8 strikeouts-to-walks ratio in his past seven starts.
Giants: Bumgarner struggled in his most recent outing and has failed to record a quality start in back-to-back outings after notching 10 straight between June 14 and August 7. He is the only Giants starter with double-digit wins.
Game 3: Saturday August 24th @ 6:05 PM
Code:19 Starts 25 14 Wins 6 5 Losses 13 2.53 ERA 4.53 1.18 WHIP 1.32 121.0 IP 153.0 126 K's 157 47 BB's 59
Pirates: If he goes at least six innings -- and he has done that in 14 of his first 19 starts -- Liriano will finally qualify for listing among league leaders. He has the lowest homer yield (five) among MLB starters, including two in his past 58 1/3 innings.
Giants: Lincecum has been consistent wherever he has pitched, compiling ERAs of 4.57 at home and 4.48 on the road. He also has recorded a 5.07 night ERA and a 2.00 ERA under sunlight. That's deceiving, since he has started just four day games.
Game 4: Sunday August 25th @ 1:05 PM
A.J. Burnett..........Ryan Vogelsong
Code:23 Starts 12 6 Wins 2 8 Losses 4 3.09 ERA 6.29 1.23 WHIP 1.67 145.2 IP 63.0 160 K's 52 53 BB's 25
Pirates: Burnett snapped a little personal slide with seven strong innings his last time out, and will try to win a second consecutive start for the second time this season (Apr. 27 - May 3.).
Giants: Before his last start, against Boston, opponents were batting .389 (21-for-54) off Vogelsong with runners in scoring position. But he improved against the Red Sox, holding them to 2-for-8 in such situations. Moreover, neither hit produced a run.HE WAS A GOOD GIANT
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