Madison Bumgarner (12-6, 3.28 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (59-52) square off against Scott Kazmir (6-6, 2.08 ERA) and the Houston Astros (61-52) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a two-game series at AT&T Park. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and can be seen on CSBy and RTSW.
Bumgarner pitched 7.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run and striking out nine in a 6-1 win over the Braves. Buster Posey (.332, 57 Rs, 16 HRs, 75 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 Sunday. Kazmir went 5.2 innings, surrendering one, striking out five and walking two in a 4-3 defeat to the Rangers in his most recent start. George Springer (.264, 43 Rs, 13 HRs, 29 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 2 Sunday with one run and one stolen base.
The odds for San Francisco and Houston are Giants -135, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 6. Against the AL, the Giants have a 10-5 record SU. San Francisco strikes out the least of any team in the NL at home, with only 6.5 per game. San Francisco's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.0 runs per game, well above its season average of 3.9. The Giants are the third-best team in the NL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.3 hits per game to their opponents this season.
Houston is 10-2 SU against teams in the NL. Offensively, the Astros have really picked up the pace in interleague games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.4 runs per game by averaging 6.8 in those contests. The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 156 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 85 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.78 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season.
The Giants have a 14-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kazmir takes the mound. Bumgarner (LHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 22-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Hou
In their last game, the Astros lost by a margin of one run. The Giants are 15-15 in one-run games. The Astros have a 15-19 record in close games.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Giants are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Astros have a 10-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 5-35. The Astros have a 12-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Houston has hit 156 this season. San Francisco ranks 19th with 97 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.13 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.36.
San Francisco and Houston both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. San Francisco sits at sixth with an OPS of .740 and Houston ranks seventh with an OPS of .737.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 22-36. When the Giants allow one or more homers, they have a 27-36 record.