TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Chicago Cubs in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Matt Cain (13-5, 2.82) will face Cubs’ left-hander Travis Wood (4-11, 4.71).
Today’s Starting Lineup
THE GIANTS…defeated the Cubs 5-2 yesterday to improve to 4-1 on this 6-game road trip to Houston (3-0) and Chicago (1-1)… Are 17 games over .500, matching their season-high water mark… Enter today’s game with a season-high 4.5 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West.
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than a deep dish pizza slice.
SF’S WINNING WAYS…The Giants have won 11 of their last 15 games and beginning August 1, have won 19 of their last 30 contests, tied with the Rangers and Nationals for the 3rd-highest winning pct. (.633) since that date…only the A’s (19-10, .655) and Orioles (.643, 18-10) have been better.
WHAT’S LEFT…The only current winning team that the Giants play the remainder of the season are the Dodgers, who they play 6 more times…their 23 remaining games will be against teams currently under .500…SF is 29-30 (.492) against teams above .500 and 45-28 (.616) vs. teams below.
LOTS OF TRIPLES…OF Angel Pagan recorded his 10th triple of the season yesterday, tied with Michael Bourn, Melky Cabrera and Starlin Castro for the 2nd-most in the National League…Pagan is now just 2 triples shy of matching Steve Finley (12 in 2006) and Willie Mays (12 in 1960) for the most triples in a single season in SF-era history.
X MARKS THE SPOT…OF Xavier Nady drove in 3 of the Giants’ 5 runs in the 1st inning after hitting a double with the bases loaded…prior to Nady, the last Giants player with 3 RBI in his 1st at-bat with the team was Candy Maldonado vs. Houston on April 8, 1986… Maldonado hit a bases loaded triple off Jeff Calhoun in his 1st at-bat as a Giant (Elias).
BACK HOME…Following today’s game the Giants will travel back home where they begin a 6-game, 7-day homestand against Arizona (tomorrow-Wednesday) and Los Angeles (next weekend)…the Giants are 37-28 (.569) at home this season, the 6th-best home record in the NL.