Giants Look To End Nolasco’s Success At AT&T Park: Game Preview

The San Francisco Giants couldn’t hold a late lead on Thursday night, and the Miami Marlins will send their ace (Ricky Nolasco) to the hill on Friday night against Tim Lincecum.

June 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

There’s just something about AT&T Park that Nolasco seems to feed off of. The right-hander, who’s been linked to the San Francisco Giants in trade rumors, owns a career 4-0 record with a 0.87 ERA at AT&T Park. Back in 2008, he tossed a complete-game shutout, striking out 11 on just two hits.

Nolasco’s overall 1.83 ERA in eight career starts against the Giants is the second-lowest among active pitchers.

Nolasco has been good of late too. Since May 19, he’s 2-2 with a 2.61 ERA, holding opposing hitters to a .224 average. Due to his recent success, his value on the trade market is increasing.

Lincecum, meanwhile, will look to continue his success in June. His 2.55 ERA in three starts this month leads all Giants starters. Although, his start in Atlanta on Sunday wasn’t particualrly dominant, as he needed a lot of pitches to make it through six innings.

The two-time Cy Young award winner has never faced the Marlins at AT&T Park, where he has held opposing hitters to a .217 clip (he’s yielded a .300 average to the opposition away from AT&T) this year. However, in five career starts outside of San Francisco, he’s 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA against Miami.

Notes:

  • The Giants have not hit a home run in six games
  • Giants starter have two earned runs or fewer in 12 of their last 16 outings
  • San Francisco has the fourth-highest home winning percentage in the National League

Lineups:

Miami

1. Juan Pierre (L) LF
2. Ed Lucas (R) 3B
3. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
4. Logan Morrison (L) 1B
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
6. Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
7. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
8. Rob Brantly (L) C
9. Ricky Nolasco (R) P

San Francisco

1. Gregor Blanco (L) CF
2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
3. Buster Posey (R) 1B
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Hector Sanchez (S) C
6. Joaquin Arias (R) SS
7. Andres Torres (S) LF
8. Nick Noonan (L) 3B
9. Tim Lincecum (L) P

Topics: Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants

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