As losers of their four last series in a row the San Francisco Giants are understandably glad to finally be home. Their regualr season is winding down, meaning lots and lots of intra-divisional matches before the end of September, starting Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres and AT&T Park.
The Black and Orange will send out Matt Cain (10-9 2.86 ERA) for the series opener, looking to build on his eight innings of one run ball he threw last time out down in Atlanta. Cain has gone 2-4 since the All-Star break, despite a 2.31 ERA in seven starts over that span. His lack of support from the offense has been similar to just about every starter the Giants have; pitching well and taking hard luck losses due to no offense. Hopefully that won't be the case this evening.
The Padres will counter with Mat Latos (6-12 3.83 ERA) who has struggled with his consistency all season long. He is coming off a loss against the New York Mets after giving up three runs in six innings he was yanked by Bud Black, walking two and fanning six along the way. The Pads have won just three of Latos' last 10 outings, while Mat is only 3-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 11 road starts this season. San Diego is 19-18 since the All-Star break after going 40-52 to start the season, but haven't helped Latos out much at all.
San Francisco and San Diego will play each other six more times after this series ends Thursday, so get used to seeing these teams play each other.
First pitch is set fot 7:15 pm PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.