San Francisco Giants Week 3 preview: at Brewers, vs. Padres

The Giants went 6-1 last week, leaving them 9-4 for the season, 1st in the NL West , 0.5 games ahead of the Diamondbacks and Rockies.

  • Monday: W 4-2 vs. Rockies. WP: Bumgarner (2-0). HR: Pence (3).
  • Tuesday: W 9-6 vs. Rockies. WP: Casilla (1-0). HR: Crawford (1).
  • Wednesday: W 10-0 vs. Rockies. WP: Zito (2-0).
  • Thursday: W 7-6 vs. Cubs. WP: Vogelsong (1-1).
  • Friday: L 4-3 vs. Cubs. LP: Romo (0-1)
  • Saturday: W 3-2 vs. Cubs. WP: Bumgarner (3-0).
  • Sunday: W 10-7 (10) vs. Cubs: WP: Kontos (1-1).

The Giants continue to get fat against the Rockies and Cubs. If not for a couple of wind-blow balls on Friday, leading to Sergio Romo’s first blown save of the season, the Giants might have had a perfect week. On the other hand, the Giants also had wins when they rallied from being down 6-2, 5-0 and 4-1. Giants are still waiting for Buster Posey and Brandon Belt to start hitting, and the starting rotation has had some mixed results. So room for improvement. In Week 3, the Giants face two teams they had success against in 2012 and that are struggling early in 2013.

GIANTS AT BREWERS (3-8)

  • Tuesday: Giants (Barry Zito 2-0) at Brewers (Peralta 0-1), 5:10 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Giants (Ryan Vogelsong 1-1) at Brewers (Lohse 0-1), 5:10 p.m.
  • Thursday: Giants (Matt Cain 0-1) at Brewers (Gallardo 0-0), 10:10 a.m. MLB Network

The Giants went 4-2 against the Brewers in 2012. … The Brewers are struggling to score runs, and the issue is hitting in the clutch. The brewerlogoBrewers rank 10th in the NL in team hitting (.252) but 14th in runs scored (36). … Miller Park is the perfect setting for Posey to get rolling. He loves, loves, loves to hit in Milwaukee. He is a career .500 hitter (12 for 24) with 6 HRs and 15 RBI in seven games there. … There are three starting pitchers in the NL who have yet to allow an earned run — Atlanta’s Paul Maholm (20.1 IP), Jake Westbrook (15.2 IP) and Barry Zito (14.0 IP). … But Miller Park has not been kind to Zito. He is 0-4 there with an ERA of 7.67. But those starts came before Zito’s renasance that started last August, during which the Giants have won 16 consecutive Zito starts.

PADRES (3-10) at GIANTS

  • Friday: Padres (Volquez 0-3) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner 3-0), 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday: Padres (Richard 0-1) at Giants (Barry Zito 2-0), 6:05 p.m.
  • Sunday: Padres (Stults 2-1) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong 1-1), 1:05 p.m.

The Padres have always been a team that tends to give the Giants fits in recent seasons. But the Giants went 12-6 against the Friars in padreslogo2012. … The Giants will not see Carlos Quentin in this series. The Padres outfielder dropped his appeal of an eight-game suspension for charging the Dodgers’ Zach Greinke last week. Good news for the Giants; Quentin has 5 HRs and 12 RBI in 34 games against the Giants. … But the Padres should get 3B Chase Headley back after missing the first couple of weeks of the season with a broken finger sustained during spring training. … Padres’ Volquez has an 11.68 ERA in three starts this season. … The Padres’ team average of .238 is fourth-worst in the NL.

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