The San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins begin their three game series Tuesday night at AT&T Park with a pair of dominant right handers taking the mound as Matt Cain and Ricky Nolasco prepare for a pitcher's duel in China Basin.
Cain (1-1, 2.37) continues his dominant start to 2012, giving up just three hits in his last two starts along with 15 strikeouts and just a single walk. As for Nolasco (2-0 3.20 ERA), he's coming off of seven innings of one run ball against the Mets, and has a 3-0 record with a 0.76 ERA in three carrer starts at AT&T Park.
Offensively the Giants have been up and down this season, getting consistent hitting from just a few sources, though those sources have been very solid. Brandon Belt has been heating up as of late, now hitting .375 (6-16) with three doubles and five RBI. Angel Pagan stil is rocking his 14-game hitting streak, Buster Posey remain's fourth in batting average in the NL with a .353 clip, while Pablo Sandoval (.311 BA) and Melky Cabrera (.300) continue their productive starts as well.
As for the Marlins, Michael Jong over at Fish Stripes wrote up a great article explaining Miami's offensive struggles to begin this season, pointing out that many of their struggling hitters haven't anywhere to go but up. Miami currently sports the fifth-lowest runs per game in the major leagues, an average of 3.24 runs.
More recently though the Marlins have used AT&T Park as a place to bolster their confidence, as Miami took four of their six games against the G-Men in 2011, including a three-game sweep at AT&T May 24-26. Miami is 6-2 at AT&T Park since July of 2009. Hopefully the resurgence starts in their next series in San Diego.
First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area, and Fox Sports Florida and WZXY 790 AM in and around Miami.