Matt Cain (4-6, 5.16 ERA) and Dylan Bundy (5-3, 3.05 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (65-49) and the Baltimore Orioles (64-50) at AT&T Park. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 12 and can be seen on MAS2 and CSBA.
Cain pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out four and walking three in a 7-1 win over the Nationals. Brandon Crawford (.277, 46 Rs, 11 HRs, 71 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Bundy went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 10-2 win over the White Sox in his most recent start. Mark Trumbo (.262, 63 Rs, 32 HRs, 82 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Orioles, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and five RBIs.
The odds for San Francisco and Baltimore are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. Against the AL, the Giants have a 7-10 record SU. San Francisco is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.7 per game. San Francisco's pitchers fall apart when American League teams are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 4.8 against AL teams, compared to its 4.0 season average. The Giants are the fourth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.213 so far this season.
Baltimore is 6-4 SU against interleague opponents. Offensively, the Orioles have really picked up the pace in interleague games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.7 runs per game by averaging 5.9 in those contests. The Orioles can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 172 home runs. The Orioles allow 4.3 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 3.1 runs per game during that span.
The Giants have a 41-35 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bundy takes the mound. Cain (RHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 47-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
San Francisco earned its seventh shutout of the season in its last game. Baltimore has been shut out five times this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Giants are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Orioles have a 17-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 12-34. The Orioles have a 17-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Baltimore tops the league in home runs this season with 172. San Francisco ranks near the bottom with 94.
San Francisco and Baltimore both rank in the top five of the league in hits. San Francisco sits at fourth with 8.87 hits per game and Baltimore ranks fifth with 8.98.
Ranking 19th, San Francisco is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.731). Baltimore ranks in the top five with an OPS of .770.
When the Orioles allow at least one home run, they are 37-38, well-matched with the Giants who are 29-38 when allowing at least one homer.