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4/2 Gamethread: Giants vs. Mariners

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Johnny Cueto vs. Yusei Kikuchi.

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The San Francisco Giants are having their resolve tested early in the season. After blowing a 6-1 8th-inning lead on Opening Day against the Seattle Mariners, the Giants will have to learn how to rebuild trust in their bullpen to throw strikes, and go out there and chase the first win that should have already been there.

Let’s just pretend this is Opening Day.


Game #2

Who: San Francisco Giants (0-1) vs. Seattle Mariners (1-0)
Where: T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington
When: 7:10 p.m. PT
Regional broadcast: NBC Sports Bay Area (available through fuboTV)
National broadcast: None
Radio: KNBR 680 AM/104.5 FM


The Giants are facing another lefty, so their lineup remains mostly the same. Brandon Belt is out, and Darin Ruf is in — otherwise, it’s the same crew.

Note: All stats are from 2020.

  1. LF — Austin Slater (R) — .282/.408/.506 — 153 OPS+
  2. RF — Mike Yastrzemski (L) — .297/.400/.568 — 166 OPS+
  3. 2B — Donovan Solano (R) — .326/.365/.463 — 129 OPS+
  4. 3B — Evan Longoria (R) — .254/.297/.425 — 98 OPS+
  5. DH — Darin Ruf (R) — .276/.370/.517 — 144 OPS+
  6. 1B — Wilmer Flores (R) — .268/.315/.515 — 126 OPS+
  7. C — Buster Posey (R) — N/A
  8. SS — Brandon Crawford (L) — .256/.326/.465 — 117 OPS+
  9. CF — Mauricio Dubón (R) — .274/.337/.389 — 102 OPS+

RHP — Johnny Cueto — 5.40 ERA, 4.64 FIP, 56 K and 26 BB in 63.1 IP

Similarly, the Mariners lineup looks familiar facing another righty, with the only change being a new catcher.

  1. RF — Mitch Haniger (R) — N/A
  2. DH — Ty France (R) — .305/.368/.468 — 133 OPS+
  3. 3B — Kyle Seager (L) — .241/.355/.433 — 121 OPS+
  4. 1B — Evan White (R) — .176/.252/.346 — 66 OPS+
  5. CF — Taylor Trammell (L) — N/A (MLB debut)
  6. 2B — Dylan Moore (R) — .255/.358/.496 — 138 OPS+
  7. LF — Jake Fraley (L) — .154/.241/.269 — 44 OPS+
  8. C — Luis Torrens (R) — .254/.323/.373 — 96 OPS+
  9. SS — J.P. Crawford (L) — .255/.336/.338 — 91 OPS+

LHP — Yusei Kikuchi — 5.17 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 47 K and 20 BB in 47 IP


Notes

Kapler applauds ASG move: Earlier in the day, MLB announced that it would be moving the 2021 All-Star Game out of Georgia, following the recent voter suppression laws.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler applauded the league for the move.


Enjoy the baseball, friends.