Jun 14, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Stephen Fife (59) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Giants Turn To Kickham To Get Back On Track: Preview, Scouting Fife

May 28, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants rookie pitcher Michael Kickham (59) before in the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers rode Yasiel Puig to a victory on Monday night over the San Francisco Giants. Puig had a home run and the hit that put Los Angeles up for good.

Despite pitching seven innings of two-run ball, Madison Bumgarner took the loss. Fellow lefty Michael Kicham, who’s filling in for the injured Chad Gaudin, will look to replicate Bumgarner’s performance.

In his major league debut on May 28, Kickham was touched up for four runs over 2.1 innings by the Oakland A’s. He struck out three, allowed a homer to Derek Norris and walked four batters.

Kickham will be opposed by Stephen Fife, who sports a 2.35 in four June starts. However, he’s just 1-2 in those four starts because the Dodgers have given him just 1.57 average runs of support.

Fife’s only career start against the Giants was on July 27. He allowed one run on six hits over 6.1 innings of work.

Scouting Stephen Fife

Fife is mainly a fastball-curveball pitcher with a cutter. He uses his fastball about 50 percent of the time, and he’ll use his curveball as a swing-and-miss pitch with two strikes.

Fife’s fastball isn’t overpowering, averaging out at 90.86 miles per hour. However, he’s found some success with it, as opposing hitters are hitting an even .200 against it. Fife’s curveball has yielded a .250 mark, and his cutter has yielded a .182 mark.

With Fife, his pitch selection doesn’t change from lefties to righties from an overall standpoint. He throws his fastball only six percent more frequently to lefties and his cutter eight percent more to righties.

He tends to use his cutter behind in the count to get an easy strike. When he’s ahead, he’ll go to his changeup, more so to righties than lefties (40 percent to righties versus 25 percent to lefties).

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