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On 07/01/2013 12:22 PM in MLB

Cnotes July's MLB POD'S-Stats-News

Previous Months Record:

April...Totals 388-­338-­16 53.44% +17645

May....Totals 377-­391-­18 49.09% -­15320

June...Totals 387-­366-­13 51.39% +2070


2013 Season WLT Pct Units Rank

ATS Picks 734-­738-­18 49.86% -­5025 6899 of 9633

O/U Picks 583-­515-­47 53.10% +­8250 90 of 7721

All Picks 1317-­1253-­65 51.25% +­3225 871 of 9766

Team Expert Status (Current Season)

Rank Sport Team WLT Units

#2 MLB NY Yankees 95-70-7 +11025

#5 MLB LA Angels 99-75-6 +13735

#5 MLB Arizona 107-74-3 +15075

#13 MLB Baltimore 96-74-9 +10290

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07/01/2013 12:28 PM

Diamond Trends - Monday

July 1, 2013


-- The Nationals are 14-0 since April 13, 2012 as a home 140+ favorite when they are off a win in which they never trailed and it is not the last game of a series for a net profit of $1400.


-- The Padres are 11-0 OU since September 25, 2007 as a road dog after a loss in which they had a higher team-left-on-base than their opponent as a favorite for a net profit of $1100 when playing the over.


-- When Jordan Zimmermann starts the Nationals are 10-0 since June 05, 2012 as a favorite in the first game of a series for a net profit of $1000.


-- Andy Pettitte has produced a team record of 14-3 (+$802) since November 2009 coming off a start where he threw at least 100 pitches.


-- The Twins are 0-14 since April 28, 2011 at home within 20 cents of pickem after a loss in which they allowed 5+ walks for a net profit of $1405 when playing against.

-- The Brewers are 0-8 since June 30, 2011 as a 140+ dog when they are off a loss in which they held the lead for a net profit of $800 when playing against.

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07/01/2013 12:32 PM

Around the Horn - Monday

June 30, 2013


Milwaukee at Washington - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/4)

Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know

Milwaukee Brewers Gallardo (6-7, 4.20 ERA) 32-48 3-6 L9 away Game 1's

Washington Nationals Zimmermann (11-3, 2.28 ERA) 41-40 7-2 L9 home Game 1's

-- Brewers lost to Pirates, 2-1 on Sunday
-- Nationals beat Mets, 13-2 on Sunday

San Francisco at Cincinnati - 7:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)

Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know

San Francisco Giants Kickham (0-2, 10.57 ERA) 39-42 UNDER 7-2 L9 away

Cincinnati Reds Arroyo (6-6, 3.61 ERA) 46-36 0-4 L4 vs. LHP

-- Giants beat Rockies, 5-2 on Sunday
-- Reds lost to Rangers, 3-2 on Sunday

Arizona at N.Y. Mets - 7:10 PM EST (Game 1/4)

Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know

Arizona Diamondbacks Miley (4-7, 4.55 ERA) 42-39 1-8 L9 away

New York Mets Marcum (1-9, 5.08 ERA) 33-45 7-3 L10 vs. LHP

-- Diamondbacks lost to Braves, 6-2 on Sunday
-- Mets lost to Nationals, 13-2 on Sunday

San Diego at Miami - 7:10 PM EST (Game 4/4)

Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know

San Diego Padres Marquis (9-3, 3.99 ERA) 40-42 OVER 6-0 L6 overall

Miami Marlins Fernandez (4-4, 2.98 ERA) 29-51 7-3 L10 home

-- Padres beat Marlins, 9-2 on Friday
-- Marlins beat Padres, 7-1 on Saturday
-- Marlins beat Padres, 6-2 on Sunday


Detroit at Toronto - 1:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)

Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know

Detroit Tigers Alvarez (1-1, 3.78 ERA) 43-37 6-2 L8 Game 1's

Toronto Blue Jays Dickey (7-8, 4.72 ERA) 40-41 10-2 L12 home

-- Tigers lost to Rays, 3-1 on Sunday
-- Blue Jays lost to Red Sox, 5-4 on Sunday

N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota - 8:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)

Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know

New York Yankees Pettitte (5-6, 4.22 ERA) 42-39 1-4 L5 away Game 1's

Minnesota Twins Diamond (5-7, 5.40 ERA) 36-42 6-2 L8 home vs. non-division

-- Yankees lost to Orioles, 4-2 on Sunday
-- Twins lost to Royals, 9-8 on Sunday

Tampa Bay at Houston - 8:10 PM EST (Game 1/4)

Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know

Tampa Bay Rays Moore (10-3, 3.95 ERA) 43-39 UNDER 10-3 L13 overall

Houston Astros Keuchel (4-4, 4.34 ERA) 30-52 5-2 L7 vs. LHP

-- Rays beat Tigers, 3-1 on Sunday
-- Astros lost to Angels, 3-1 on Sunday

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07/01/2013 12:35 PM

July Pitchers Report

June 30, 2013

Fireworks and the MLB All-Star game signal the month of July. It also signifies the start of the 2nd half of the MLB campaign. The key to each and every team's fortune lies on the pitching staff. Can they sustain or will they fold like an 'all-in' on the river? Stay tuned. What we do know is certain pitchers love hurling this time of the season while others tend to get lit up like a roman candle on the 4th of July.

Listed below are hurlers that have enjoyed a two-to-one or better success ratio in team starts the last three seasons during the month of July. On the flip side, we've also listed pitchers that struggle in July team starts, winning 33% percent or less of their efforts. To qualify pitchers must have made a minimum of 10 starts, with at least one start each July over the last three years.

I'll be back next month with August's Good Month Pitchers. Until then, take me out to the ballgame.


Buehrle, Mark (10-5)

After a repugnant start to the season with his new team, Buehrle has lowered his ERA by over two runs and been a contributor to the Blue Jays turning around their season. With the warmer weather on the way, the left-hander is expected to use all four of his pitches and move them around the edges of the strike zone and win games as per usual.

Correia, Kevin (10-4)

Correia is a bit of a dinosaur these days, with a fastball topping out in the high 80's. What he does do for the teams he's played for is keep them in games and more often than not places them in a position to win, something the right-hander has been very good at this month.

Halladay, Roy (10-3) (DL)

"Doc" has begun long tossing for his damaged wing and is expected back sometime in August for the Phillies.

Hudson, Tim (12-5)

The Braves starter will turn 38 years old this month and is having a season more typical when he first joined Atlanta in 2005, giving up quite a few home runs and not hitting his spots. Chances are Hudson will find a good groove, but needs more run support if he is going to continue racking up wins in July.

Kennedy, Ian (10-5)

Kennedy is back after his 10-game suspension by Major League baseball after his part in the D-Backs/Dodgers brawl. To date, the Snakes righty has not been very good and though many of his peripherals are similar to the past, he's given up 25 percent more home runs than his career average. Arizona needs Kennedy if they are to remain atop the NL West.

Kershaw, Clayton (11-5)

It has certainly been an unusual year for Kershaw with a 6-5 record, in spite of being on pace for a career-lows in earned run average and batting average allowed. His problems have been giving up the big hit at the wrong moment and the lack of support from the Dodger bats. Even a few runs would take the pressure off and let this 25-year old stud get in his regular groove.

Porcello, Rick (8-4)

Once thought to be ace material, Porcello is a back of the rotation hurler for Detroit. His skill set is a ground ball pitcher and the Tigers infielders cover about the least amount of ground as any team in baseball according to fielding metrics, which beefs up his hits allowed. When Porcello is right, he wins a lot of 5-3 games, helping his club in the win column.

Sabathia, CC (10-4)

It has not been business as usual for the big left-hander and if Sabathia is going to have a typical July, he has to keep the ball in the park. In 2012, he surrendered a career-worst 22 long balls and has conceded 17 already this year. The Yankees need the CC they are accustomed to seeing in the highly competitive AL East.

Weaver, Jered (13-5)

It is hard to fathom, even with an injury, Weaver enters this month with just one victory in 2013. However, do not be surprised if this number rises rapidly, as the Angels ace closed last month strong and his velocity has been rising to normal levels. With more speed on his four-seam fastball, the array of spinning sliders, slow curves and changeups keep opposing hitters off balance.


Chen, Bruce (4-11)

After leading Kansas City in wins each of the last three years, Chen has been a fixture in the Royals bullpen this season.

Fister, Doug (5-12)

Being supported by Detroit's lineup card is a far better option than being backed for Seattle's, Fister's former team. Yet it is curious to note, this month has been extremely tough for the California native, as he's seven games below .500 this month, but just 10 under break even for his career (36-46).

Guthrie, Jeremy (5-12)

After a sensational start, Guthrie has witnessed his ERA jump from 2.28 on May 9, to 4.11 as July begins. The adjusted figure is more similar to his big league track record and the superior downward movement he had early on his fastball has dissipated, leaving more pitches up in the zone.

Norris, Bud (4-11)

Pitching for the Astros since 2009 has not helped Norris when it comes to wins and losses. Houston is already listening to trade deadline offers for the 28-year old who can be overwhelming at times. Yet for any pennant contender, Norris has an ERA of 5.49 the past three years on the road, which plays a factor in his miserable numbers in July.

Romero, Ricky (4-12) (DL)

After a couple of ugly starts in early May, Romero was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, trying to reboot his career.

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07/01/2013 12:40 PM

Preview: Tigers (43-37) at Blue Jays (40-41)
Game: 1
Venue: Rogers Centre
Date: July 01, 2013 1:07 PM EDT

Toronto's R.A. Dickey is hoping for another strong showing after delivering a vintage performance last week.

While containing the Detroit Tigers may normally prove difficult, manager Jim Leyland's club is struggling at the plate.

Dickey and the Blue Jays open a four-game set against the visiting Tigers, who try to avoid a sixth loss in seven games Monday.

Dickey (7-8, 4.72 ERA) has been plagued by inconsistency this year, but he was at his best Wednesday in a 3-0 road win over Tampa Bay. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner allowed two hits and a walk while striking out six in his first complete game.

"That's as good of a game as you can pitch, unless it's perfect," manager John Gibbons told MLB's official website. "He's pitched some good ballgames for us, he's had some tough ones, but for the most part, he gives us a chance to win every night he goes out there."

Dickey improved to 5-3 over his last nine starts, with each of those victories coming while allowing two earned runs or fewer. He's yielded at least six in the other four.

"I told you it would take some time to unlearn some bad habits that I had picked up trying to compensate for some earlier maladies," said Dickey, who battled through neck and back pain earlier this season. "It's starting to take shape a little bit. Hopefully, this will be a springboard for the next hundred innings."

Dickey has posted a 1.80 ERA in winning back-to-back starts against the Tigers (43-37), though he hasn't faced them since 2011 while with the New York Mets. While Omar Infante is 12 for 25 with two homers and a double against him since 2010, Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera have combined for three singles in 14 at_bats.

Detroit wasted another homer from Cabrera on Sunday, dropping to 1-5 over its last six games with a 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay. The Tigers, who lead the AL Central over Cleveland by percentage points, have averaged 3.0 runs while going 5 for 42 with runners in scoring position over their last five contests.

"I'm not really overly concerned about it, but we do have to put some runs on the board," said Leyland, whose club leads the majors with a .280 average. "We just haven't been producing any runs. We're just not swinging the bats good in big situations.

"To say we're struggling, that's obvious. To say, what's the solution? That's not so obvious."

Cabrera, who's gone deep five times in the last six days, is batting .458 with seven homers and 13 RBIs during a 15-game hitting streak.

Toronto (40-41) has dropped five of seven while hitting .220 following a team-record tying 11-game winning streak. Jose Bautista went 3 for 5 and hit a game-tying homer - his third in two days - in the ninth before Josh Thole's error allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the inning Sunday in a 5-4 loss at Boston.

"It was frustrating," Gibbons said. "That might be the most frustrating loss of the year right there, to be honest with you, because of who we were playing and where we're at."

Toronto will try to bounce back against rookie Jose Alvarez (1-1, 3.78). The left-hander allowed a combined three runs over 11 innings in his first two starts before yielding four in 5 2-3 innings Wednesday in a 7-4 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.

He'll need to be wary of Bautista, who's hitting .375 - his highest average against any team - with five homers, 14 RBIs and 16 runs in 26 career games versus Detroit.



Tigers at Blue Jays
Mon, Jul 1 - 1:07PM EDT

Tigers at Blue Jays
Tue, Jul 2 - 7:07PM EDT

Tigers at Blue Jays
Wed, Jul 3 - 7:07PM EDT

Tigers at Blue Jays
Thu, Jul 4 - 7:07PM EDT

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07/01/2013 12:42 PM

Am sticking the early game here now since i won't be able to finish all the day's information by game time

Monday, July 1

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Detroit - 1:07 PM ET Detroit +124 500 POD # 1

Toronto - Over 9 500 POD # 2

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07/01/2013 12:44 PM

Preview: Brewers (32-48) at Nationals (41-40)
Game: 1
Venue: Nationals Park
Date: July 01, 2013 7:05 PM EDT

Looking to tie for the major league lead with his 12th victory, Jordan Zimmermann should feel very confident about his chances Monday night.

While trying to extend his dominance at home, the right-hander is facing a slumping offense and an opponent against which he's unbeaten as the Washington Nationals open a four-game series with the sinking Milwaukee Brewers.

This game also could mark the return of Washington star Bryce Harper, who has missed the last 31 games with a knee injury. When he got hurt slamming into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13, the 20-year-old Harper was leading the team in most offensive categories. He's hitting .287 with 12 homers and 23 RBIs.

"Anytime you can add a guy like that to your lineup, offensively and defensively, you're in good shape," catcher Kurt Suzuki said.

Zimmermann (11-3, 2.28 ERA), meanwhile, has a chance to match Detroit's Max Scherzer for the most wins in the majors following two dominant victories at Nationals Park. Six days after allowing an unearned run in eight innings of a 5-1 win over Colorado, he yielded two runs - both in the first inning - and three hits over seven frames in a 3-2 win over Arizona on Wednesday.

"It means a lot," Zimmermann said after earning his 11th victory, one shy of his career high set last year. "These guys have given me great run support all year. I'm pitching pretty well, too."

Zimmermann has been particularly tough at home, going 8-0 with a 1.09 ERA in nine starts. He's won 13 consecutive decisions at Nationals Park dating back to May 17, 2012. Washington (41-40) has won his last 11 starts there and he hasn't given up more than two runs in any of them.

That doesn't bode well for a Milwaukee team that has totaled 11 runs during a five-game losing streak and is still missing injured star Ryan Braun. Plus, Zimmermann beat the Brewers twice last year in his only two career starts against them, yielding two runs and striking out 13 in 12 2-3 innings.

Milwaukee (32-48) has scored just twice in its last 31 innings and was held to four hits Sunday in a 2-1, 14-inning loss at Pittsburgh.

Norichika Aoki and Logan Schafer are a combined 5 for 36 during the losing streak.

"It's tough right now," Schafer said. "We're not getting a whole lot of breaks. But things will turn. They always do in this game."

That happened Sunday for the Nationals offense, which totaled 12 runs in the previous four games but posted its highest total of the season and had 13 hits in a 13-2 victory over the New York Mets.

Ian Desmond hit his third homer in four games and finished with 28 RBIs in June - a Nationals record for any month.

"It's stride in a right direction," Desmond said. "Obviously I think we're capable of more than this. Not being greedy or anything, but we have a good offense and we feel like we can score runs."

That offense now takes on Yovani Gallardo (6-7, 4.20), who will try to help Milwaukee avoid matching its longest skid of the season. He'll also want to provide some rest for a Brewers bullpen that worked 11 2-3 innings Sunday following a 2-hour, 20-minute rain delay.

Gallardo matched his shortest outing of the season Wednesday, getting pulled after four innings as he gave up five runs - three earned - and eight hits in a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He hadn't given up one earned run over his previous three starts.

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 6.85 ERA in his last four starts against Washington.

Adam LaRoche, who homered Sunday, is 8 for 24 against Gallardo, including a home run and a double in five at_bats last season.

Though Harper went 4 for 27 (.148) in last season's series, the Nationals took five of eight meetings with the Brewers.



Brewers at Nationals
Mon, Jul 1 - 7:05PM EDT

Brewers at Nationals
Tue, Jul 2 - 7:05PM EDT

Brewers at Nationals
Wed, Jul 3 - 6:05PM EDT

Brewers at Nationals
Thu, Jul 4 - 11:05AM EDT

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07/01/2013 12:47 PM

Preview: Padres (40-42) at Marlins (29-51)
Game: 4
Venue: Marlins Park
Date: July 01, 2013 7:10 PM EDT

The Miami Marlins just enjoyed their best month in more than a year.

Giving the ball to rookie Jose Fernandez could help them get off to a good start in July.

Fernandez gets his first look at the San Diego Padres on Monday night in the conclusion of this season series.

After going 14-41 in April and May, the Marlins (29-51) finished off a 15-10 June with their seventh victory in nine games, 6-2 on Sunday with Jeff Mathis delivering a walkoff grand slam. It was Mathis' second and the 3,000th homer in the franchise's 20-year history.

The victory capped Miami's most successful month since finishing 21-8 last May.

"After April and May, to do what we did in June is great,' manager Mike Redmond said. "Are we happy? Yes. Are we satisfied? No."

The Marlins have been more than satisfied with Fernandez (4-4, 2.98 ERA), who went 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in five June starts after allowing one run and four hits in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Minnesota. The 20-year-old Cuban, though, did not get the decision and was admittedly not at his best during the five-inning outing.

"The most important part for me today was that my stuff was horrible. I was trying to battle through it," Fernandez told the Marlins' official website. "... We got the 'W' and that's what matters."

The Marlins have won five of Hernandez's seven starts in Miami. He's 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in those outings, holding opponents to a .189 batting average.

That doesn't bode well for a Padres team batting .194 with three total runs since winning the first of this four-game set, 9-2 on Friday. Carlos Quentin's pinch-hit homer accounted for both runs Sunday when San Diego (40-42) lost for the eighth time in 12 games following a season-best 7-0 run.

The Padres will try to get back on track with Jason Marquis (9-3, 3.99) looking to rebound from his first loss in 12 starts. The veteran right-hander had won eight consecutive decisions - his longest stretch since 2004 - before giving up all the runs and walking a season high-tying five in 4 1-3 innings of Tuesday's 6-2 loss to Philadelphia.

San Diego had won five straight and 10 of 11 when he started.

"It's just one of those days,' Marquis said after his second-shortest outing of 2013. "I just wasn't able to get a feel for anything and I paid the price.'

Marquis, though, hasn't paid much of a price for his major-league worst 53 walks, as he's one win from reaching double-digits for the first time since going 15-13 for Colorado in 2009.

Marquis was at his best this season against Miami on May 8, throwing eight innings of five-hit ball with one walk in a 1-0 home win.

Marcell Ozuna was hitless in three at_bats off Marquis in that contest, but he's batting .382 with a homer and nine RBIs in a team-best nine-game hitting streak.

Fellow Marlins rookie Derek Dietrich is 5 for 11 in this series after going 1 for 3 with a two-run double Sunday.

Padres rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko (right groin) is not expected to return from the DL on Monday. San Diego is also still awaiting the return of injured infielders Everth Cabrera (left hamstring) and Yonder Alonso (right hand).

The Padres have won four of six from the Marlins this season.



Padres at Marlins
Fri, Jun 28 Final 9 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

Padres at Marlins
Sat, Jun 29 Final 1 to 7
Boxscores • Recaps

Padres at Marlins
Sun, Jun 30 Final 2 to 6
Boxscores • Recaps

Padres at Marlins
Mon, Jul 1 - 7:10PM EDT

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07/01/2013 12:49 PM

Preview: Diamondbacks (42-39) at Mets (33-45)
Game: 1
Venue: Citi Field
Date: July 01, 2013 7:10 PM EDT

Wade Miley is the last starter to win a game for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but that came nearly four weeks ago.

The offense isn't providing much help.

Miley may need to overcome the Diamondbacks' sluggish bats if he's going to help them win for just the second time in 10 tries on the road Monday night against the New York Mets.

Miley (4-7, 4.55 ERA) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 10-3 win at St. Louis on June 5, and that's the last time Arizona got a victory from a starter.

The rotation has since gone 0-10 with a 5.15 ERA in 22 games, the majors' longest streak without a starter winning since San Diego went 25 straight from April 17-May 14, 2009.

Those struggles continued over the weekend, with the starters compiling a 7.36 ERA while the Diamondbacks (42-39) were swept in a three-game series at Atlanta. Trevor Cahill was the culprit in Sunday's 6-2 loss, surrendering all of the Braves' runs in 4 1-3 innings.

"We didn't really throw good, quality strike ones, and they pounded those," manager Kirk Gibson said.

Arizona's offense isn't giving the rotation much margin for error. The bats have backed the starters with an average of 2.4 runs over 22 games - 1.9 while dropping six of the past seven.

They're hitting .225 during a 1-8 stretch on the road. Paul Goldschmidt, who tops the Diamondbacks with 19 homers and a .306 average, has batted .200 without homering in his last 13 road games.

"It's no one individual," Gibson said. "It's me, it's the coaching staff, the players. We're just not clicking very good right now. We've got to find a way to get it turned around. It's no fun. I'm sure it's not fun to watch, either. We're not going to panic either way. We're going to come in and try to be loose."

A four-game series at Citi Field, however, may also be cause for concern since the Diamondbacks have lost five of their last six visits. The rotation is 0-4 with a 5.52 ERA over that span, while the offense has a .212 average - .133 with runners in scoring position.

The only win during that stretch came when Miley started May 4, 2012, when he gave up four runs in six innings while not getting a decision in a 5-4 victory.

The left-hander is 0-2 with a 3.42 ERA in four starts since his last win, getting a combined nine runs of support. He allowed three runs - two earned - in seven innings while the offense was held to four hits in a 3-2 loss at Washington on Wednesday.

The Mets (33-45) are trying to rebound from their own defeat to the Nationals, falling 13-2 on Sunday after splitting the first two games of the series. They've dropped eight of 11 at home behind a .204 average that has undermined the rotation's 2.94 ERA.

David Wright, though, is hitting .440 over the past 13 home games, spiking his season average there 78 points to .298.

Scheduled starter Shaun Marcum (1-9, 5.08) hasn't had the same kind of success at Citi Field, going 0-5 with a 5.60 ERA in six games.

However, the right-hander should have renewed confidence for this matchup, coming off his first victory of the year in 12 games - including 10 starts. He yielded four hits in eight innings of Wednesday's 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Marcum is 1-0 while allowing seven runs in 11 innings over two career starts versus Arizona.



Diamondbacks at Mets
Mon, Jul 1 - 7:10PM EDT

Diamondbacks at Mets
Tue, Jul 2 - 7:10PM EDT

Diamondbacks at Mets
Wed, Jul 3 - 7:10PM EDT

Diamondbacks at Mets
Thu, Jul 4 - 1:10PM EDT

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07/01/2013 12:51 PM

Preview: Giants (39-42) at Reds (46-36)
Game: 1
Venue: Great American Ball Park
Date: July 01, 2013 7:10 PM EDT

The San Francisco Giants' run to last year's World Series title nearly ended in the division series until they swept their road games against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Giants will have a more modest goal when they return to Great American Ball Park.

San Francisco will try to turn around what's so far been a miserable road trip while Cincinnati will seek to bounce back from its own woeful trek in Monday night's series opener.

After starting the playoffs with back-to-back home losses, the Giants staved off elimination in their next three games in Cincinnati. They then rallied from a 3-1 deficit to St. Louis in the NL championship series and swept Detroit for their second title in three years.

San Francisco (39-42) has hardly looked like a contender for much of this season. The Giants had dropped six straight - their longest skid in three seasons - and seven in a row on the road before Sunday's 5-2 win over Colorado.

That victory, highlighted by Buster Posey's fourth homer in five games, also ended an 0-5 start to their 10-game road trip and was only their fourth in the past 15 overall contests.

"(Posey's) been really on fire for us, giving us a chance to win some of these games," outfielder Hunter Pence told the team's website. "Our pitching's been great, Buster's been hitting, get a few more guys clicking at the same time and that's how you start winning ballgames."

The Reds, meanwhile, have lost eight of 11 and went 2-6 in their visits to Arizona, Oakland and Texas. Cincinnati (46-36), batting .214 in its last 11 games, had six singles in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers.

"We couldn't get any type of hit when we needed it," outfielder Jay Bruce said. "We need to execute better."

While its hitters try to get back on track, Cincinnati is hoping Bronson Arroyo (6-6, 3.61 ERA) can help pick up the slack by continuing his recent success against San Francisco.

The right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.72 ERA in his last nine starts against the Giants, including a 9-0 victory in Game 2 of the NL division series. Arroyo gave up one hit and one walk over seven innings in that game but heads into this one after a forgettable performance.

He was tagged for seven runs - his most allowed in two seasons - in just four innings of Tuesday's 7-3 loss in Oakland. The A's put in seven left-handed or switch hitters in the lineup against Arroyo, who was 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA in his previous eight starts.

"They just had a great approach against me, to be honest with you," he told the team's website. "I predicate my game on being able to play a mental chess match with guys and beating them to the move first. They just beat me to the punch."

Arroyo might have a chance to get back in the win column if Giants rookie Mike Kickham (0-2, 10.57) continues to struggle.

The left-hander allowed six runs over 5 1-3 innings in his second major league start, a 6-5 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. He was called up from the minors the previous day for the second time this season because of Chad Gaudin's elbow injury.

While they faltered at home in the playoffs, the Reds have won seven of the last eight regular-season meetings there against the Giants.



Giants at Reds
Mon, Jul 1 - 7:10PM EDT

Giants at Reds
Tue, Jul 2 - 7:10PM EDT

Giants at Reds
Wed, Jul 3 - 7:10PM EDT

Giants at Reds
Thu, Jul 4 - 1:10PM EDT

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