Padres vs. Giants 7/11 MLB Preview
The Diamondbacks have certainly been the most consistent team in the division for the first half of the season. The other four teams, the Dodgers, the Rockies, the Padres and the Giants are going through the tightest race going on in the league right now. Only four games separates the second place Dodgers from the team that was in second place just two weeks ago, the last place Giants. Ever since the Dogers handed a Giants a series sweep in the end of June, the Giants have crumbled. The current World Champions have been unable to find their championship form thus far.
The San Diego Padres enter the series nine games under .500 and only a game and a half ahead of the Giants. They have placed the teams’ destiny in the hands of Edinson Volquez, the right handed pitcher who has gradually improved throughout the season. Coming off a tough series against the Rockies, the Padres are looking to hold off the Giants at home and sneak into third place before the All-Star break. But they have been unable to put together consecutive wins in more than 12 games. Their recent win over the Rockies snapped a ten game losing streak.
The Giants are currently on a four game losing streak. They are ten games under .500 and seven games behind Arizona. Although we are only approaching the midway point of the regular reason, it doesn’t look like the Giants can pull off any runs that will get them back into contention. The losses keep piling up without any evident consistency. It seems as though the championship hangover never ended.
On Thursday, Madison Bumgarner will open the series for the giants against Jason Marquis of the Padres. Bumgarner is holding a 9-5 record with an ERA of 3.05. Marquis has been consistent this season for the Padres with a record of 9-4 and an ERA of 3.79. The star pitching matchup of the series will be Saturday’s faceoff between Tim Lincecum and Edinson Volquez.