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Logan Webb vs. Lance McCullers Jr.

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Can the San Francisco Giants take advantage of a Houston Astros team that’s struggling big time?


Game #18

Who: San Francisco Giants (7-10) vs. Houston Astros (6-9)
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
When: 6:10 p.m. PT
Regional broadcast: NBC Sports Bay Area (available through fuboTV)
National broadcast: ESPN (available through fuboTV)
Radio: KNBR 680 AM/104.5 FM


Lineups

For perhaps the first time all year, I can’t look at the Giants lineup and tell whether they’re facing a right-handed pitcher or a left-handed pitcher. It’s a righty, but Tyler Heineman and Pablo Sandoval are riding the pine. It’s the first time all year the Giants are using a lineup with more hitters that don’t have a handedness advantage than ones that do.

That said, it’s worth noting that Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. has reverse splits. In his five-year career, righties have a .745 OPS against him, while lefties are just .639.

  1. CF — Mike Yastrzemski (L) — .322/.452/.661 — 215 OPS+
  2. LF — Alex Dickerson (L) — .237/.310/.474 — 121 OPS+
  3. 3B — Donovan Solano (R) — .455/.475/.636 — 216 OPS+
  4. 1B — Brandon Belt (L) — .154/.290/.308 — 73 OPS+
  5. DH — Wilmer Flores (R) — .296/.328/.500 — 134 OPS+
  6. SS — Brandon Crawford (L) — .171/.227/.171 — 17 OPS+
  7. RF — Austin Slater (R) — .300/.417/.567 — 180 OPS+
  8. C — Chadwick Tromp (R) — .269/.259/.538 — 122 OPS+
  9. 2B — Mauricio Dubón (R) — .235/.250/.353 — 71 OPS+
    RHP — Logan Webb — 2.13 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 10 K and 5 BB in 12.2 IP

And here’s Dusty Baker’s squad, which is having a hard time hitting the ball, which is not something we’re used to seeing. Perhaps some trash cans would help.

  1. 2B — Jose Altuve (R) — .182/.260/.348 — 69 OPS+
  2. RF — Josh Reddick (L) — .259/.322/.407 — 103 OPS+
  3. 3B — Alex Bregman (R) — .219/.306/.438 — 106 OPS+
  4. DH — Michael Brantley (L) — .313/.400/.479 — 146 OPS+
  5. 1B — Yuli Gurriel (R) — .271/.362/.492 — 137 OPS+
  6. SS — Carlos Correa (R) — .345/.429/.527 — 167 OPS+
  7. LF — Kyle Tucker (L) — .204/.246/.352 — 65 OPS+
  8. C — Martin Maldonado (R) — .188/.381/.188 — 68 OPS+
  9. CF — Myles Straw (R) — .130/.130/.130 — -26 OPS+
    RHP — Lance McCullers Jr. — 9.22 ERA, 5.97 FIP, 11 K and 7 BB in 13.2 IP

Enjoy the baseball, folks.