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San Francisco Giants set for series against powerhouse Braves

Aug 18, 2023, 8:12 AM

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At a time when the San Francisco Giants are playing its worst baseball of the year, they will have to play six of its next nine games against MLB’s best team.

The Giants (64-57) will begin a three-game set against the Atlanta Braves (78-42) at Truist Park on Friday night amid a stretch that has seen San Francisco lose six of eight and eight of 11.

San Francisco’s bats have been quiet following a successful series against the Arizona Diamondbacks that saw the Giants take three out of four games from August 1-3rd.

Over the past 11 games, San Francisco is batting .213 as a team while averaging 3.5 runs and striking out 102 times over 366 at-bats.

During the Giants’ recent series loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco scored two runs in the opener and one in Wednesday’s finale.

Over the Giants’ past 25 games, they have scored just one run in a game on nine occasions. That will have to change if San Francisco wants to play baseball in October.

The schedule won’t do the Giants any favors over the next six series, as multiple playoff teams or contenders will be lining up to face the current second National League Wild Card holder.

San Francisco enters play on Friday with a slim 1.5-game lead over the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, and Cincinnati Reds in the Wild Card standings, while the D-Backs sit 2.5 games behind the Giants for a postseason spot.

A matchup against a Braves team that ranks first in home runs, batting average, RBI, and slugging percentage will be a tall task for San Francisco’s pitching staff.

Here are this weekend’s probable starters for Giants vs. Braves:

Giants vs. Rays Pitching Matchups

*subject to change*

Friday, August 18th – Alex Cobb (6-4, 3.62 ERA) vs. Spencer Strider (13-4, 3.75 ERA) – 4:20 PM PST

Saturday, August 19th – Logan Webb (9-9, 3.26 ERA) vs. Yonny Chirinos (5-5, 5.22 ERA) – 4:20 PM PST

Sunday, August 20th – TBD vs. Max Fried (4-1, 2.57 ERA) – 10:35 AM PST

Upcoming San Francisco Giants Schedule

  • Friday, August 18th-Sunday, August 20th – @ Atlanta Braves
  • Monday, August 21st-Wednesday, August 23rd – @ Philadelphia Phillies
  • Friday, August 25th-Sunday, August 27th – vs. Atlanta Braves
  • Monday, August 28th-Wednesday, August 30th – vs. Cincinnati Reds
  • Thursday, August 31st-Sunday, September 3rd – @ San Diego Padres

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