Six games remain for the San Francisco Giants, and what a crucial six games they are. The team needs to win out, or come as close to that as they can. They've got this three-game series at home against the Diamondbacks, and then they host their biggest obstacle in the San Diego Padres in a three-game series that will likely determine the winners of the NL West race. It would be the team's first NL West title in seven years. The Giants are presently one game up on the Padres. The Giants are 10-5 against the Diamondbacks this season.
Jonathan Sanchez is on the mound tonight for the Giants, and the team has to feel confident with the guy with his recent play, despite picking up a loss in his last outing. Sanchez was 3-0 in six starts before the loss, in which he allowed two runs - one earned - on four hits and two walks in five plus innings, striking out six along the way. Sanchez has a 3.16 ERA over 31 starts and an 11-9 record over the season. Sanchez is 1-0 against the Diamondbacks this season over two starts.
Arizona's counter is Rodrigo Lopez, coming off his second straight win, though that's not as impressive as it sounds. Lopez was reached on four runs and five hits in five innings, but the DBacks had their bats in full force in the 8-4 triumph over the Colorado Rockies last Wednesday.
The Giants hitters should be feeling good about the matchup, Buster Posey, Aubrey Huff, Pat Burrell and the like being confident is always a good thing. Lopez is sporting an ERA of 5.04 in 31 starts, going 7-14 in that time. He's 0-2 over five career starts against the Giants. 0-3, anyone?
3 game series vs Diamondbacks @ AT&T Park
|Wed 09/29 - Ian Kennedy vs. Tim Lincecum
|7:15 PM PDT
|Thu 09/30 - Barry Enright vs. Madison Bumgarner
|12:45 PM PDT