Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Preview for G3: Astros v. Giants

Who We Got

San Francisco: 2-0, 1st place
On the Road: 2-0

Houston: 0-2, 6th place, 1.5GB
At home: 0-2

Starting Pitchers

Matt Cain, 0-0, 0.00 ERA
Brett Myers, 0-0, 0.00 ERA

Why the Astros Will Win

Because the last time Matt Cain came to Houston (8/3/09), he gave up 8H/4ER, including two homers to Matsui and Blum.

Or because the current Astros can mash Cain. Carlos Lee is 5x8 with two extra-base hits. Matsui is 8x26. Pence and Bourn are both 2x7 lifetime against the Giants' lefty.

Or because Cain's ERA at home is 3.24, and 3.88 on the road for his career.

Why the Astros Will Lose

Because they can't freaking score any runs (overreaction, I know), and it's a proven fact that the Astros are 1x13 w/RISP this season.

Because Myers doesn't exactly have a stellar track record against the Giants. Granted, he hasn't pitched against them much - 5 starts since 2002. But against current Giants (who may be in the lineup today), it's not pretty. Molina is 3x6, DeRosa is 6x13, Uribe 3x7, Rowand 2x5, Renteria 11x33.

Or because this will be Myers first start since May 27, 2009 when he went 5.2IP, 7H/5ER against Florida before leaving with an injury that would hold him out until September