TOMORROW’S STARTER… Tim Hudson is slated to make his 18th career appearance against the Padres, his 17th start… has gone 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts against them this season, tossing three quality outings…has received a total of just seven runs of support in his four starts versus SD this season.
BUSTER POSEY… Leads the Majors with a .362 avg. (89×246) on the road.
A LOT OF WINS… LHP Madison Bumgarner’s 18 wins are a career-high for a season and are the most by a Giants pitcher since Shawn Estes had 19 in 1997… Bumgarner needs two wins over his final three starts to become the Giants’ first 20-game winner since John Burkett (22) and Bill Swift (21) in 1993.
ANDREW SUSAC… Is 16-for-47 (.340) with three homers and 17 RBI in his last 12 starts.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 24-for-his-last-61 (.393) with 30 RBI with runners in scoring position.
MADISON BUMGARNER… The 25-year-old left-hander will make his 32nd start of the season…the two-time All-Star (2013, 2014) has gone 18-9 with a 2.91 ERA along with four complete games (two shutouts) in 31 starts, with the Giants going 19-12 in his outings (12-4 on the road and 7-8 at home).
MADISON BUMGARNER… His 18 wins are a career-high for a season and are tied with Johnny Cueto and Adam Wainwright for the second-most by any pitcher in the Majors this year (Kershaw has 19 wins)…his 18 wins are the most by a Giants pitcher since Shawn Estes had 19 in 1997…needs two wins over his final three starts to become the Giants’ first 20-game winner since John Burkett (22) and Bill Swift (21) in 1993…the Giants haven’t had a pitcher lead the league in wins since John Burkett in 1993 (22).
IN THE STANDINGS… San Francisco enters today’s game just 3.0 games back of LA for first place in the NL West with three head-to-head contests remaining… the Giants currently own the top overall NL Wild Card spot, +2.5 games ahead of the Pirates…SF’s magic number to clinch a Postseason berth stands at eight games.
FINAL COUNTDOWN… The Giants have 11 games remaining on their regular season schedule, with seven on the road and four at home…all of the Giants’ 11 remaining games will come against the NL West (D-Backs, Dodgers and Padres), a division in which SF has gone 35-30 (.538) 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 team batting average and batting average with runners in scoring position, second in runs/game and fourth in team OPS.
INSIDE THE SERIES… The Giants have won 16 of their last 23 games here at Chase Field and have won six-consecutive series here in Arizona… SF has not lost a series here at Chase since April 6-8, 2012 when they were swept in three games to begin the 2012 season.
TOMORROW’S STARTER… Madison Bumgarner last pitched on Friday night against the Dodgers and earned his 18th win of the season after blanking LA for 7.0 innings on three hits with nine strikeouts in SF’s 9-0 victory.
TONIGHT’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Jake Peavy (5-4, 2.29) has gone 5-1 with a 1.12 ERA (5er, 40.1ip) with 35 strikeouts in his last six starts…he has held the opposition to two earned runs or fewer in each of those outings… RHP Josh Collmenter (10-7, 3.67) is 2-0 with a 0.65 ERA (2er, 27.2ip) in his last four outings…tossed 6.0-scoreless innings in his last start at SF, but did not factor into the decision.
JAKE PEAVY… 33-year-old right-hander will make his 10th start for the Giants after being acquired on July 26 from Boston along with cash considerations in exchange for minor league LHP Edwin Escobar and RHP Heath Hembree.
JAKE PEAVY… Owns 2,016 career strikeouts and joins C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Bartolo Colon and teammate Tim Hudson as the only active players with 2,000 or more career strikeouts.
CHRIS DOMINGUEZ… Is first player in Grizzlies history with at least 20 2Bs, 20 HRs, 20 SBs, 80 RBI in single season.
SANTIAGO CASILLA… Has earned 13 of the Giants’ last 15 saves and is 15-for-19 overall this season.
BUSTER POSEY… Has hit .361 (74×205) with 10 HRs and 39 RBI following the All-Star break this season.
HUNTER PENCE… 4 Time All-Star has appeared in 371-consecutive games and has started 321-consecutive contests, both the longest active streak in the Majors.
GEORGE KONTOS… Left-handed batters are hitting just .162 (6-for-37) against him.
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