Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds (makeup of a rainout on July 4) gives the San Francisco Giants a few options, none of which are overly intriguing.
Barry Zito is slated to pitch at least one of the two games. The normally scheduled game is at 7:15, and the makeup game will start at 4:05.
The Giants then face a decision as to who they want to pitch in the other game. According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, Eric Surkamp and Yusmeiro Petit are being considered for the start, along with the obvious Mike Kickham, who Bochy says isn’t a “lock” to start (via Pavlovic).
Giants get 26th player for doubleheader but Bochy said Kickham isn’t a lock. Petit, Surkamp being considered for second start.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) July 19, 2013
Kickham has a 10.61 ERA in 18.2 innings this year at the Major League level. So, there’s the explanation regarding Bochy’s comment, if you needed clarification.
Eric Surkamp, meanwhile, has a 2.87 ERA in 31.1 innings (eight starts) scattered across A and AAA. In six career starts at the Major League level he has a 5.87 ERA, but he hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2011. He underwent Tommy John Surgery about a year ago.
And lastly, Petit has a 5.89 ERA in 11 starts at AAA Fresno. He made a spot start on September 23 last year, allowing two runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings.
So, the Giants don’t have an obvious choice. Surkamp presents a fresh face, someone who figures to be in the running for a rotation spot in 2013 with only two pitchers (Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner) under contract.
Kickham’s proven to be a liability over long stretches of work, and with Petit, the Giants would hope that he can pitch four innings and keep the score close.