Zito, Giants Open Homestand Against Pads

Fresh off a 4-5 road trip to Arizona, Pittsburgh and Atlanta, the San Francisco Giants return home for a seven-game homestand against the San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins.

Apr 27, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (75) against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Barry Zito (4-5, 4.79 ERA) will kick off the homestand against a Padres team that has won six in a row. San Diego swept the Braves last week, and they completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The important thing to note with Zito is the fact that he’s pitching at home, not the road. There’s a big difference. At home, he flourishes, sporting a 4-1 record with a 1.94 ERA, which is the ninth-lowest mark in the National League. In five starts on the road this year, however, he’s 0-4 with an 11.28 ERA

Zito’s last start, which was in Pittsburgh, followed the year-long trend: he allowed eight runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings.

In 23 career games (22 starts) against the Padres, the southpaw is 5-9 with a 4.46 ERA. But he’s found more success against them in 2013, posting an 1.84 ERA in two starts against them this year. Neither outings have yielded a win, however.

A struggling Edinson Volquez (5-5, 5.87 ERA) will oppose Zito. Over Volquez’s last three games, he’s allowed 14 runs, which is highly-skewed because the Colorado Rockies touched him up for nine runs on June 7.

Lineups

Padres

1. Chris Denorfia (R) RF
2. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B
4. Kyle Blanks (R) LF
5. Jesus Guzman (R) 1B
6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
7. Will Venable (L) CF
8. Pedro Ciriaco (R) SS
9. Edinson Volquez (R) P

Giants

1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Tony Abreu (S) 2B
3. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
6. Joaquin Arias (R) 3B
7. Hector Sanchez (S) C
8. Juan Perez (R) CF
9. Barry Zito (L) P

 

 

Topics: San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants

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