The San Francisco Giants return home after a long 10-game road trip in three different cities to play the Chicago White Sox in a short two-game series. The Giants had an off day yesterday, and they have a rare second off day in the same week on Thursday.
The Giants enter this homestand with a puzzling 29-30 home record. The Giants have certainly underachieved at home, especially since they play in one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in all of MLB and in front of some of the best fans in baseball.
They haven’t taken advantage of the pitcher-friendly confines of AT&T Park, and their offense has been extremely disappointing as well. At home this season, the Giants have scored just 209 runs in 59 games, which ranks 27th in all of MLB.
AT&T Park isn’t exactly offense-friendly, but the Giants could certainly improve their offense at home, given the energy that they receive from their fans on a nightly basis.
The Giants hope to regain some offensive confidence at home, but they will certainly face a tough test to start out this series, as they will face White Sox ace Chris Sale.
The Giants faced Sale earlier in the season on June 18th at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Sale pitching six innings, gave up eight hits and three earned runs, struck out seven, and walked one.
The Giants ultimately lost that game 7-6. They also got swept in that two-game series.
Here are the pitching matchups for this upcoming series:
Tuesday Aug. 12th at 7:15 PM PT: Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77)
Sale has an impressive 2.14 ERA (second in the American League), 0.89 WHIP (second in the AL), and a .199 opponent batting average in 18 starts this season. He’s also struck out 138 (ninth in the AL) in 122 innings, he’s walked just 22, and he has a 10-2 record. His .833 win percentage ranks also first in the AL.
Wednesday Aug. 13th at 12:45 PM PT: Jose Quintana 6-8, 3.04 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (0-3, 4.82)
Scott Carroll would’ve pitched in this game, but given the off day on Monday, the White Sox have chosen to start Quintana instead. Quintana has been known for his consistency, and he’s issued three walks or fewer in 75 of his 79 career starts. However, he took the loss in his last start against the Seattle Mariners when he allowed four runs (two earned) and seven hits.
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