Mar. 16, 2012; Mesa, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Eric Surkamp (47) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Park. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants: Bruce Bochy Discusses Pitching Options For Doubleheader

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).

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.


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