TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Chicago Cubs in the 3rd game of this 4-game series…Giants’ left-hander Barry Zito (4-2, 3.41) will face Cubs’ left-hander Travis Wood (0-1, 5.94).
Today’s Starting Lineup
FOR STARTERS…Matt Cain and the rest of the Giants starting pitchers have combined for a 1.65 ERA (8er, 43.2ip) in their last 6 games, allowing 2 runs-or-fewer in all 6 contests…Giants starting pitchers have collectively fashioned a 3.40 ERA (128er, 338.1ip), the 3rd-lowest figure in the NL behind Washington (2.88) and Los Angeles (3.16).
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than werewolves in London.
SERGIO ROMO… His 0.60 ERA (1er, 15.0ip) ranks as the 5th-lowest among NL relievers (min. 15ip). Has struck out 11 of the last 20 batters he has faced… Has been unscored upon in 18 of 19 games this year and in 47 of his last 49 outings dating back to last year… Among active career leaders as a relief pitcher, Romo has the highest strikeout-walk ratio, with a 5.44 figure.
HITTING AT HOME…OF Angel Pagan enters today’s game with a 26-game home hit streak, the longest home hitting streak in SF-era history and tied for the longest in Gi- ants franchise history (since 1900)…according to Elias, Mike Donlin also had a 26 game home hit streak from Aug. 28, 1905 to May 5, 1906…Pagan’s .352 home avg. (38-for-108) is tied for the 8th-best in the NL.
RYAN THERIOT… Has hit safely in 3-straight games and has a .360 avg. (9-for-25) with a 2B, 3B and 2 RBI over his last 7 games… Has started 7 of SF’s last 8 games since being activated from the 15-day DL.
BUSTER POSEY… Is hitting .375 (18-for-48) with 1 HR and 10 RBI against left-handed pitchers, which is the 8th- highest clip in the NL…is batting .263 (31-for-118) with 5 HRs and 19 RBI against right-handers.
MELKY CABRERA… Leads the Majors with a .373 batting avg., 81 hits, 26 multi-hit games and 7 triples…. His 5 outfield assists are tied for the 2nd-most in the NL… Owns the 3rd-highest avg. vs. LHP in the NL, hitting .443 (27-for-61).