STARTING STRONG AT HOME… Giants’ starting pitchers have gone 8-0 with a 0.88 ERA (7er, 72.0ip) in their last 10 home games…the last team in the Majors whose starters had at least eight wins and an ERA that low over a single-season span of 10 home games was the 1980 Astros (8-0, 0.82), with a starting staff featuring Nolan Ryan and Joe Niekro (Elias).
FINAL COUNTDOWN… The Giants have 15 games remaining on their regular season schedule, with nine on the road and six at home…all of the Giants’ 15 remaining games will come against the NL West (D-Backs, Dodgers and Padres), a division in which SF has gone 34-27 against.
GIANT OFFENSE – ONE OF THE BEST SINCE THE BREAK… The Giants’ offense has been one of the best in baseball since the All-Star break, ranking first in runs/game, team batting average and team batting average with runners in scoring position, while ranking second in team OPS.
ANGEL PAGAN… His .341 avg. (14×41) with RISP and two outs ranks as the eighth-highest in the NL.
JOAQUIN ARIAS… His 27 games as defensive sub are the third-most in the NL.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Has 14 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.389) and 12 RBI in his last 11 games.
GREGOR BLANCO… Has started 60 of the Giants’ last 78 games.
TRAVIS ISHIKAWA… Slugged his second career pinch hit HR and his first career “splash” hit last night.
JUAN GUTIERREZ… Threw 2.0-scoreless innings with two strikeouts last night.
THE GIANTS… Have won six of their last seven contests and have gone 13-3 in their last 16 games – best in the NL and the second best of any MLB team since Aug. 26.