Giants Look To Snap Out of Funk With Zito On the Mound: Game Preview

Apr 21, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (75) pitches into the seventh inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit-Ed Szczepanski, USA Today Sports

Things haven’t gone well lately for the San Francisco Giants, and Barry Zito is out to stop that.

Zito, who has three wins this year and boasts a stellar 3.42 ERA despite one horrific start, won his last start against the Padres on Sunday by twirling seven shutout innings. Zito will be opposed by Eric Stults, who managed to throw seven innings as well on Sunday. However, Stults surrendered five runs, and the Giants won en route to a sweep.

San Francisco wasn’t able to continue their winning streak, though. Last night, the Giants benefited from a stellar start from Tim Lincecum, but they lost 2-1 to the Padres to extend their losing streak to three games. The Giants haven’t been able to get their offense to do much lately, as San Francisco has scored seven runs in its last 30 innings. Brandon Crawford is still hitting .304 for the Giants, and Pablo Sandoval has 18 RBI, but players such as Marco Scutaro aren’t hitting as well.

The Giants are 12th in runs scored and sixth in batting average, while the Padres’ offensive production has dropped off. Against the Giants this year, the Padres have averaged one run per game, and that has factored into the Padres placing 29th in runs scored and 22nd in batting average. The Padres aren’t a bad team, but they’re off to a bad start.

Stults is 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA, and he is trying to turn the tide after letting Buster Posey homer off of him and the Giants light him up in his last start. The Padres are 7.5 games back and buried in last place in the NL West, so a series win over the Giants would be embraced by San Diego. However, it’s going to take a stellar effort from Stults, especially against Posey, who hit .433 against left-handers in 2012.

Can the 13-10 Giants, currently two games behind the Rockies for first place in the NL West, narrow the gap and tie the series? Find out at 5:40 PM PST when first pitch is thrown, and check back on Golden Gate Sports for complete coverage of the crucial game.

 

Topics: Barry Zito, Brandon Crawford, Marco Scutaro, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants

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