The San Francisco Giants continued their tumble on Wednesday, as the New York Mets finished off the sweep with a 7-2 win. Matt Cain threw just 36 pitches, and now his health is suddenly the hot topic in spite of Bruce Bochy’s efforts to claim that he’s fine. Only Cain knows the answer.
But what the general public does know is that the Giants are reeling. They’ve lost 14 of their last 16 games and 19 of their last 24. Amid their slide, they’ve fallen to 10 games under .500, which has them situated in last place in the NL West. The Padres, who they face Thursday night, haven’t done much better, though, losing nine of their last 10 games. So something will have to give.
San Francisco will start the series with Madison Bumgarner. The Giants have won five of his last six outings, and during that span, he’s posted a 2.25 ERA. He’s ultimately been their only constant with Cain scuffling. The left has a career 3.38 ERA in 14 starts against San Diego.
The Padres will counter with Jason Marquis, who has a 4.30 ERA over his last five starts. In 17 career appearances (16 starts) against the Giants, he’s posted a 2.93 ERA. He tossed 6.2 innings of two-run ball against them earlier this season.
- Michael Kickham was sent down Thursday, and Jean Machi was recalled prior to Thursday’s game
- Ryan Vogelsong threw a bullpen session Thursday
- The Giants are 15-30 on the road
- The Giants are 24-19 against the NL West this season
- The Giants have scored just 21 runs this month, the fewest in baseball