I have a weird infatuation with a four-game series for one reason: it’s really fun when you’re in the position the San Francisco Giants are currently in. They basically have a three-game series against the Miami Marlins ahead of them, but they’ve already banked a win.
Grab a Friday night win, and you’ve got a series split, with two whole chances to go for the series win. Optimism and opportunity fills the air, as baseballs and the scent of garlic fries soon will.
Happy Friday night.
Who: San Francisco Giants (12-7) vs. Miami Marlins (8-10)
When: 6:45 p.m. PT
Where: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
Regional broadcast: NBC Sports Bay Area+ (available through fuboTV)
National broadcast: None
Radio: KNBR 680 AM/104.5 FM
The Giants are having to piece some things together in their lineup, seeing as how the injury bug has hit them hard lately. But the Brandons are back, and that’s always good news.
- 2B — Tommy La Stella (L) — .262/.326/.405 — 108 OPS+
- RF — Mike Yastrzemski (L) — .186/.269/.371 — 81 OPS+
- 3B — Wilmer Flores (R) — .184/.273/.342 — 74 OPS+
- 1B — Brandon Belt (L) — .186/.300/.442 — 109 OPS+
- LF — Alex Dickerson (L) — .234/.308/.426 — 107 OPS+
- C — Buster Posey (R) — .310/.370/.619 — 176 OPS+
- SS — Brandon Crawford (L) — .197/.246/.377 — 75 OPS+
- CF — Austin Slater (R) — .236/.323/.418 — 110 OPS+
- LHP — Alex Wood — 0.00 ERA, 1.50 FIP, 4 K and 0 BB in 5 IP
And here’s what Don Mattingly is putting on the field against Alex Wood.
- 2B — Jazz Chisholm Jr. (L) — .320/.426/.600 — 182 OPS+
- SS — Miguel Rojas (R) — .300/.400/.417 — 128 OPS+
- 1B — Jesús Aguilar (R) — .286/.382/.357 — 108 OPS+
- RF — Garrett Cooper (R) — .200/.294/.311 — 69 OPS+ (nice)
- LF — Adam Duvall (R) — .213/.250/.492 — 100 OPS+
- 3B — Jon Berti (R) — .194/.293/.278 — 60 OPS+
- CF — Lewis Brinson (R) — .111/.158/.111 — -23 OPS+
- C — Sandy León (S) — .500/.500/.500 — 180 OPS+
- RHP — Sandy Alcántara — 3.28 ERA, 2.57 FIP, 28 K and 7 BB in 24.2 IP
Marlins Lineup vs. Giants (9:45 ET)— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) April 23, 2021
2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
SS Miguel Rojas
1B Jesús Aguilar
RF Garrett Cooper
LF Adam Duvall
3B Jon Berti
CF Lewis Brinson
C Sandy León
P Sandy Alcantara pic.twitter.com/W5W75vAQgn
Longo available ... maybe: A day after leaving a game due to an aggravated hamstring, Evan Longoria is, not surprisingly, out of the lineup. But the Giants are hoping he’s available to pinch hit, which is good, because they only have four bench players right now.
Gabe Kapler said Evan Longoria (hamstring) could be available off bench, they'll see how he feels during game.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) April 24, 2021
Injury updates: Looks light Donovan Solano will be out for a while, but on the bright side, Reyes Moronta is nearing a return.
Kapler said it's a moderate calf strain for Donovan Solano. They don't have a timetable, but it doesn't sound as if he will be back soon.— Mark W. Sanchez (@MarkWSanchez) April 24, 2021
Kapler says Moronta threw a side session yesterday and will throw another tomorrow. Sounds as if he continues to make progress.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 24, 2021
Enjoy the baseball, friends.