Series preview: Indians at Giants (April 25-27)

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

The Indians head to the west coast for the second time this season, with the first stop at AT&T Park to visit the San Francisco Giants.

The Tribe start this west coast jaunt with a three game set in the City by the Bay and the Giants.

  • Friday's game is at 10:15 PM (Carrasco vs. Hudson)
  • Saturday's game is at 4:05 PM (McAllister vs. Lincecum)
  • Sunday's is at 4:05 PM (Salazar vs. Vogelsong)

After a short flight down the coast, the Tribe head to Anaheim to take on the Angels.

Division Watch: Tigers at Twins, Rays at White Sox, Royals at Orioles.

Team in a Box

San Francisco Giants

Offense

NL Rank

Pitching

NL Rank

2014 Record

12-10

Runs/Game

4.2

4th

Runs/Game

4.0

9th

NL West

2nd

OBP

311

8th

H/9

9.1

13th

Last 10

5-5

SLG

395

7th

BB/9

2.2

1st

Last 30

-

Steals

9

12th

SO/9

7.6

8th

After winning it all two seasons ago, the Giants had a poor year last year. They are off to a much better start so far in 2014 but just finished a 2-4 road trip in San Diego and Colorado, with a lot of their bullpen seeing a lot of innings.

Their hitting is about league average, but they are third in the NL in home runs so far. The pitching staff used to be a huge advantage, but now is back to league average. They have given up a lot of hits, but walked very few, to balance it out. Their defense is in the top third in the NL. On a lighter note, they are one Brandon short of a complete infield. And Hicks and Crawford need zoo nicknames to go with the Panda and Giraffe on the corners.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Buster Posey

R

79

229

731

1B

Brandon Belt

L

92

299

900

2B

Brandon Hicks

R

53

250

887

3B

Pablo Sandoval

S

89

165

537

SS

Brandon Crawford

L

75

2258

779

LF

Michael Morse

R

74

279

897

CF

Angel Pagan

S

88

329

802

RF

Hunter Pence

R

97

238

721

IF

Joaquin Arias

R

38

143

353

OF

Gregor Blanco

L

35

103

408

C

Hector Sanchez

S

34

161

625

IF

Ehire Adrianza

S

27

160

432

OF

Juan Perez

R

11

000

000

Pagan has been dinged up with a sore knee, so he may sit a game or two of this series. I'd expect to see Blanco out there if he sits. Sandoval has started cold, but Belt already has 7 homers and is anchoring the lineup right now. Morse leads the team in RBI and helps offset Posey's slow start. The bench has no power really, except for Sanchez, who will likely only sub in for Posey.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Madison Bumgarner

L

3.14

28.2

1.640

10.0

Matt Cain

R

4.35

31.0

1.323

7.3

Tim Hudson

R

2.40

30.0

0.767

6.0

Tim Lincecum

R

6.43

21.0

1.476

10.3

Ryan Vogelsong

R

7.71

16.1

1.959

6.1

Sergio Romo

R

3.00

9.0

0.889

9.0

Javier Lopez

L

0.00

4.0

1.000

2.3

Santiago Casilla

R

0.68

13.1

1.200

3.4

Yusmeiro Petit

R

3.68

14.2

1.295

9.8

Jean Machi

R

1.00

9.0

1.111

8.0

JC Gutierrez

R

3.27

11.0

0.909

9.0

Jeremy Affeldt

L

0.00

4.0

0.500

6.8

We miss the both Bumgarner and Cain, meaning we get the final three of the rotation and their only leftie as well. Hudson has been fantastic in recovering from that devastating ankle injury, but both Lincecum and Vogelsong appear to be very hittable.

Romo has locked down the closer spot and Lopez is definitely a LOOGY as his 4.0 innings have spanned 10 games. Casilla is his usual tough self and the rest of the bullpen is pretty decent. We unfortunately miss old friend David Huff, as he just went on the DL on 4/22. This also allowed the Giants to get another outfielder on the roster with Pagan's knee issue.

On the Shelf

  • 2B Marco Scutaro [15 day DL], no timetable for return
  • RP David Huff [15 day DL], possible May return

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

-

-

-

-

-

-

2013

-

-

-

-

-

-

Last 5*

0

3

000

4

8

220

Last 10*

4

5

444

33

27

591

All-Time

4

5

444

33

27

591

*Does not include 2014 stats

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