Giants Look To Bounce Back Behind Lincecum: Game Preview

May 1, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) throws during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants’ six-game winning streak was snapped Monday night, as the Philadelphia Phillies won 6-2. Madison Bumgarner allowed a season-high five runs in six innings.

Tim Lincecum will look to set the Giants on another winning streak Tuesday night. In 12 career starts against the Phillies, he’s 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA. In two starts against them last year, he went 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA.

The outlook of the Phillies’ offense is shade different from past years. They have scored the fourth-least runs in the National League this year. But one constant against Lincecum has been Ryan Howard, who owns four homers against Lincecum in 29 lifetime at-bats. Chase Utley also has one long ball against the two-time Cy Young award winner.

Lincecum will be opposed by Kyle Kendrick, who’s 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA (fifth in NL) thus far in 2013. He’s been even better over his past 16 starts, as his 2.43 ERA in the fifth-best mark in the NL (minimum 75 innings).

Additionally, Kendrick is amid a 23 innings scoreless streak on the road. With stellar career numbers against San Francisco (1-1, 2.89 ERA in 18.2 innings), perhaps Kendrick continues his streak.

Notes:

  • The Giants have hit 11 home runs over their past nine games
  • Giants starters have compiled just two quality starts over their last nine games
  • Lincecum is 5-2 with a 1.97 ERA in his last nine nine starts against Philadelphia

 

 

 

Topics: Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants

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