R.A. Dickey (1-3, 3.82 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 1.47 K/BB): Dickey’s latest outing against the Nationals (6.6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was his best since his 2011 debut start. The knuckleballer still remains hittable (9.8 H/9), but his control is getting better.(Career vs. Giants: .200/.231/.240 line with a 1.29 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB)
Ryan Vogelsong (1-0, 1.74 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 5.50 K/BB): Vogelsong, a former Giants farmhand, is back with his original team after 12 years between the Pirates, two Japanese teams, Phillies, and Angels. So far, it’s been a very happy reunion as the righty has been unhittable and very dominant. It won’t last long, but his 5.50 K/BB is pretty sexy. (Career vs. Mets: .156/.250/.219 line with a 5.74 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, 1.00 K/BB)
GIANTS HITTING OVERVIEW
The Giants are a very veteran-friendly team, featuring the likes of Freddy Sanchez, Aubrey Huff, Miguel Tejada, Pat Burrell, Cody Ross, and Andres Torres. With youngsters Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Brandon Belt (soon enough) sprinkled in, the Giants have a pretty solid overall lineup. However, the Frisco bunch have struggled out of the gate, combining for a .236/.295/.365 line. With Aubrey Huff (.190/.257/.290), Miguel Tejada (.211/.245/.295 line), and Cody Ross (.189/.211/.189 line) all struggling mightily, it makes it difficult for the team to win games. While the Giants have also endured some injuries, the fact of the matter is that, when healthy, they’re still not hitting well.