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8/12 Gamethread: Giants at Astros

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Trevor Cahill vs. Zack Greinke.

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San Francisco Giants v Houston Astros Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The 10-game road trip is mercifully coming to a conclusion today. And as rough as it has felt, the San Francisco Giants have a chance to go 4-6 with a win. Given the competition they’ve faced, that would be a win.

And they’re turning to Trevor Cahill, who makes his Giants debut, to try and get it done.


Game #20

Who: San Francisco Giants (8-11) vs. Houston Astros (7-10)
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
When: 4:10 p.m. PT
Regional broadcast: NBC Sports Bay Area (available through fuboTV)
National broadcast: None
Radio: KNBR 680 AM/104.5 FM


Lineups

A day after hitting his first home run of the season, and playing a huge role in the Giants comeback win, Hunter Pence gets put into the lineup against a right-handed pitcher.

Update: Austin Slater was a late scratch for undisclosed reasons. The lineup listed below has been changed — Wilmer Flores now bats in Slater’s spot as the designated hitter. Pence will play right field.

  1. CF — Mike Yastrzemski (L) — .288/.434/.591 — 187 OPS+
  2. LF — Alex Dickerson (L) — .267/.327/.467 — 122 OPS+
  3. RF — Austin Slater (R) — .342/.444/.632 — 201 OPS+
  4. 1B — Brandon Belt (L) — .121/.237/.242 — 37 OPS+
  5. 3B — Evan Longoria (R) — .233/.271/.349 — 74 OPS+
  6. DH — Hunter Pence (R) — .118/.167/.265 — 20 OPS+
  7. SS — Brandon Crawford (L) — .204/.264/.204 — 36 OPS+
  8. C — Tyler Heineman (S) — .200/.294/.233 — 53 OPS+
  9. SS — Mauricio Dubón (R) — .214/.227/.310 — 50 OPS+
    RHP — Trevor Cahill — N/A

And here’s Dusty Baker’s crew, which is very right-handed against a righty pitcher.

  1. DH — George Springer (R) — .182/.321/.409 — 101 OPS+
  2. RF — Josh Reddick (L) — .279/.343/.443 — 116 OPS+
  3. 3B — Alex Bregman (R) — .232/.346/.493 — 129 OPS+
  4. 1B — Yuli Gurriel (R) — .269/.359/.478 — 130 OPS+
  5. SS — Carlos Correa (R) — .333/.417/.492 — 151 OPS+
  6. LF — Kyle Tucker (L) — .206/.242/.365 — 66 OPS+
  7. 2B — Abraham Toro (S) — .150/.261/.350 — 68 OPS+
  8. C — Martin Maldonado (R) — .205/.380/.308 — 95 OPS+
  9. CF — Myles Straw (R) — .133/.161/.133 — -17 OPS+
    RHP — Zack Greinke — 3.00 ERA, 2.37 FIP, 11 K and 3 BB in 15 IP

Notes

No Panda: For the third time this series, the Giants are facing a right-handed pitcher, and for the third time this series Pablo Sandoval is starting the game on the bench. Gabe Kapler mentioned on Tuesday that Sandoval was dealing with a family matter, though he did pinch-hit in the game, which was also his birthday. It’s unclear if that is playing a role in Sandoval’s omission from the lineup, or if it’s just the fact that he’s been struggling.

No Donnie Barrels: Donovan Solano is also sidelined, due to abdominal soreness that kept him out of Tuesday’s game.


Enjoy the baseball, friends.