Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants
The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants will face off in a series that will feature a pitching matchup between two of the most dominant teams in MLB. The Diamondbacks are on a seven-game winning streak and have won four straight games. Both teams are ranked in the top half of the National League West. The Diamondbacks lead the league with a 95-77 record and the Giants are 58-53.
Alex Cobb will start for the San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants will activate right-hander Alex Cobb for his first start since May 29. Cobb has been sidelined by a series of injuries. After missing three starts with a lower back strain, he returned to throw on Wednesday and was able to throw for three innings in a simulated game at Oracle Park. However, the injury prompted the Giants to place him on the 15-day injured list.
A fourth-round pick, Cobb started his professional career in Princeton, West Virginia, where he teamed up with former Giants pitcher Craig Albernaz. Albernaz would go on to join Giants manager Gabe Kapler's staff as a bullpen coach.
Tim Lincecum is 0-1 with a 9.90 ERA
Tim Lincecum is not faring well against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has given up 11 runs in 10 innings this season. Lincecum walked three batters and is 0-1 with a 9.90 ERA in four starts this season. He will face Arizona in a three-game series on June 20-22.
Lincecum's career started very well. He made his big league debut less than a year after being drafted. He went on to win his first Cy Young Award in 2008 and his second the following year. In addition, he made four straight All-Star teams from 2008 to 2011. He also led the National League in strikeouts for three straight seasons. In fact, only Tom Seaver has struck out more batters in his career.
Josh Collmenter is 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA
Josh Collmenter was drafted in the 15th round of the 2007 amateur draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He made his major league debut that April 17 against the San Francisco Giants. He pitched two perfect innings and struck out two in the game.
The Arizona Diamondbacks' bullpen has played a big role in their ascent to the top of the NL West. Despite having three pitchers who aren't on the roster, the bullpen's ERA has fallen from 5.74 last year to 3.61 this year, which is 16th in the league. The Diamondbacks also have a stellar closer in J.J. Putz, who is 2-2 with 35 saves and has a 2.59 ERA.
Madison Bumgarner has a 2.84 ERA
Madison Bumgarner is a left-handed pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. After 11 seasons with the Giants, the southpaw signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the D-backs in 2017. Bumgarner has a 2.84 career ERA and is a favorite to win the Cy Young award this season. He has struck out 207 batters and walked just seven over the past three seasons. In his last nine starts, he has allowed 42 earned runs in 48.1 innings and has a 1.48 WHIP. In his last two starts, Bumgarner is 2-0 against the Giants, and is a favored to win the Cy Young Award in May.
Bumgarner pitched well against the Brewers last week, and has a 2.84 ERA in four starts this season. His ERA is only slightly higher than his career average at 2.84, which is still better than his previous career mark of 3.30. In four of his past five starts, Bumgarner has allowed thirteen runs and 26 hits in 17 2/3 innings. His last start was a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he surrendered six runs in five and a third innings. In the series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bumgarner will face Alex Cobb, who has a 3.11 ERA.
Distance between Chase Field and Oracle Park
While there are some similarities between these two major league baseball stadiums, the two are very different in several ways. For starters, the two stadiums feature very different field designs. The Giants play at Oracle Park, which opened in 1999. While the former is more home run friendly, the latter is not.
Oracle Park is located in downtown San Francisco, between King Street and the China Basin. Its steel and brick structure features two pyramid-shaped clock towers and 45-foot-tall flagpoles. In addition, the park features a statue of the late slugger Willie Mays that is located near home plate. The stadium also has expansive concourses, which make it easy for fans to get to their seats. The main three-tier grandstand contains 41600 green seats.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are coming off a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants. The Giants, who have won seven of their last nine games, are 8-7 this season. Earlier in the season, the Giants went 66-51, but the recent struggles have left them looking a bit shaky. Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford are both having down years. The veteran outfielders haven't been able to replace Buster Posey, but the veteran catcher Joey Bart has been swinging the bat better than he has in his last 21 games.
The Giants managed just two runs off of Arizona starting pitchers Carlos Rodon and Brandon Webb. Carlos Rodon was able to pitch five innings and strike out seven, but the team was unable to capitalize on it.