Preview: San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7/2/13.

002San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7/2/13.

Tim Lincecum vs. Homer Bailey

-Lincecum is 0-1 with a 7.41 ERA in three career appearances vs. the Reds. He is 0-2 with a 4.42 ERA in his last three starts. Lincecum is 4-8 on the season with a 4.64 ERA, he has also struck out 93 batters in 95 innings.

Joey Votto is 3-for-9 vs. Lincecum with a homer, a pair of RBIs and a pair strikeouts.

Brandon Phillips is also 3-for-9 with a pair of RBIs.

-Lincecum’s mound counterpart Bauley is a career 1-for-4 against him with a pair RBIs.

-Jay Bruce is 1-for-2 with an RBI.

-Bailey is 1-0 with 5.59 ERA in five career appearances vs. the Giants. He is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in his last three starts. Bailey is 4-6 on the season with a 3.88 ERA.

-Pablo Sandoval is 3-for-11 against Bailey with three strikeouts.

Hunter Pence is 2-for-11 also with three strikeouts.

Buster Posey is 0-for-5 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts.

-Joaquin Arias and Brandon Belt are both 2-for-3.

The Giants are 39-42 and yet they are just three games behind division leading Arizona. Right fielder Hunter Pence has had a resurgence with .283 batting average, 12 homers, 40 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and .808 OPS. All-star Catcher and reigning NL MVP, MLB batting champion, Silver slugger and NL comeback player of year Buster Posey has produced a .324 BA, 11 homers, 47 RBIs and .934 OPS. Poseys strikeout to base on balls rate is 1.13, the league average 2.27.

In the bullpen closer Sergio Romo is 18-for-21 in save chances and with 34 strikeouts and just five walks in 30 innings.

The Reds are 46-36 and 5.5 games behind the smoking division leader Pittsburgh. Cincinnati is lead on offense by first baseman Joey Votto (.322 BA, 14 homers, 38 RBIs, 59 walks and .952 OPS.). Votto’s walk percentage is 14.2%, the league is 8.4%. Right fielder Jay Bruce has chipped in 18 homers, 55 RBIs and .840 OPS. Center fielder and leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo has added 12 homers, eight stolen bases, 56 walks and .885 OPS. Second baseman Brandon Phillips leads the team with 61 RBIs.

In the bullpen closer Aroldis Chapman is 20-for-23 in save chances, while striking out a ridiculous a 57 batters in 34 innings.

(all stats mentioned, current as of  Monday morning 7/1/13)

Josh Johnson


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