Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tough Pitching Awaits Twins in SF

The Giants Ace, Tim Lincecum (Photo: AP)
The San Francisco Giants showed the strength of their starting pitching on the way to a World Series Championship last season. Their youthful pitching staff is the cornerstone of their franchise as they move forward and try to repeat as champions.

The Twins are in the Bay Area tonight for the first of three games against the defending World Series champions. The seven game win streak for the Twins could be in jeopardy with the match-ups that will face the club down by the bay. The Twins have little to no experience against this starting staff and that could play a role in the outcome of the series.

Game 1 Probable: LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-8, 3.21 ERA, 65 K)
Bumgarner was a stud for the Giants down the stretch last season as the Giants chased down the NL West Title. He posted a miniscule 1.13 ERA in the month of September. He might be most remembered for his performance in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series. In that performance, he went eight shut-out innings and only allowed three hits to the potent Texas line-up. The month of June has seen some tough losses for Mr. Bumgarner. In his three starts in June, he has given up a total of four runs. The team has failed to score runs in support of these outings by being shutout in one game and only scoring one in another.

Game 2 Probable: RHP Ryan Vogelsong (4-1, 1.92 ERA, 54 K)
Vogelsong has followed an interesting career path to get to this breakout season. He was drafted by the Giants and came up through their organization. His career took him to Pittsburgh for over half a decade before minor league stops with the Phillies and the Angels. Only once this season has he allowed more than two runs in a game. His only loss this year he pitched eight innings and only gave up one run. Tough luck...

Game 3 Probable: RHP Tim Lincecum (5-6, 3.39 ERA, 101 K)
The two-time Cy Young Award winner was another one of the heros for the Giants in last years World Series. He won both of his starts in the series to guide the Giants to their first championship in the city of San Francisco. He enters this start with back to back losses to his name. One of those losses was a tough outing where he gave up seven runs in only four innings of work. After winning his last two starts in May, he has yet to win a game in the month of June.

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