So this is what it comes down to for the Giants. They're back two games of the Padres, who just took advantage of the Dodgers in a three-game beating/sweep. The Padres have been soundly beating the Giants this year. They've also been very solid at home, with a 41-29 record at Petco Park. The Giants certainly have their work cut out for them.
It's a must-win series. They have to pick up enough wins to pull ahead of the Padres because it simply will not be easy to stay there. This team is supposedly battling for the playoffs, but I disagree - this is playoff baseball right here. Every game is must-win or go home, for the most part.
Jon Garland takes the mound for the Padres, trying to turn his luck around and pick up a win, after losing two straight starts. He gave up three runs and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings in his last outing to the Rockies, but in his last outing against the Giants, he picked up a win, and is undefeated against the Giants in this series 3-0, with a 2.15 ERA.
Matt Cain is the counter to Garland, taking the mound for the Giants and he'll do his best to pitch shutout baseball, what with the lack of run support in the Giants last outing, a 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks in the finale of the series.
Freddy Sanchez has homered in his last two games, while Aubrey Huff and Jose Guillen are playing pretty good baseball, scoring hits, but ultimately ending up stranded.
4 game series vs Padres @ Petco Park
|Fri 09/10 - Jonathan Sanchez vs. Clayton Richard||7:05 PM PDT|
|Sat 09/11 - Madison Bumgarner vs. Mat Latos||1:10 PM PDT|
|Sun 09/12 - Tim Lincecum vs. Kevin Correia||1:05 PM PDT|