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Samardzija (4-7, 4.52 ERA) vs. Allen (2-0, 1.38 ERA)

Just three more games left of this 20 games in a row gauntlet. Right now, the Giants are 8-9. That’s... not terrible? Better than you’d expect? Better than I expected. Not what I expected:

Ah, good ol’ RBI. Still, there’s something to it. He attacks fastballs.

Chances are, he’s not going to see too many of them tonight. Logan Allen is another fastball-changeup guy in the vein of Chris Paddack. He has a slider, too, and maybe that might work against him against a guy like Pillar if he throws it anywhere near the zone.

SS — Fernando Tatis Jr.
1B — Eric Hosmer
3B — Manny Machado
LF — Hunter Renfroe
RF — Franmil Reyes
C — Francisco Mejia
2B — Ian Kinsler
SP — Logan Allen
CF — Manuel Margot

  • Two of Ian Kinsler’s eight home runs have come against the Giants.
  • Hunter Renfroe has been tearing up the league (.920 OPS), but has just a .667 OPS against the Giants. He’s also at 24 home runs halfway through the schedule. His career high is 26 home runs (which he’s hit in each of the last two seasons).
  • Franmil Reyes has terrified the league, too, (.860 OPS), but outside of that pinch hit blast against Reyes Moronta, the Giants have held him in check (.493 OPS in 21 PA).

Let’s see what holds up over the next three games.

Meanwhile, welcome back, Austin Slater!

SS — Donovan Solano
1B — Brandon Belt
LF — Tyler Austin
C — Buster Posey
3B — Evan Longoria
CF — Kevin Pillar
RF — Austin Slater
2B — Joe Panik
SP — Jeff Samardzija

Dereck Rodriguez’s struggles have been well-documented, and with the off days and All-Star Break ahead, a 13th pitcher was unnecessary. The Giants were in desperate need of some versatility and another left-handed bat. We’ll see if Slater’s new swing can translate over from Triple-A, where he’s been quite good this year: .308/.420/.529 in 286 PA (.949 OPS).

In a very small sample size (just two major league starts — 13 IP) righties are batting .235/.316/.265 against the lefty. On the other hand, maybe this is a Buster Posey call-up in 2010 situation: remember when they called him up? He was in the midst of a hot streak and had already faced (and done well against) the Dbacks’ starting pitcher that night (trivia answer: Billy Buckner)? Maybe Austin’s already had some success against Allen?

Okay, a quick look and it would appear that Austin does indeed have one hit against Allen already this year.