SF Giants set to open up second half in Pittsburgh

Jul 14, 2023, 7:50 AM | Updated: 7:50 am

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 31: Blake Sabol #2 of the San Francisco Giants runs home to score a...

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Following a five-day break, the San Francisco Giants will return on Friday night when they open the second half of the season in Pittsburgh.

The Giants (49-41) will face a Pirates team that has lost seven of its past nine games and holds a 41-49 record–fourth place in the National League Central and eight games back of San Francisco’s third (and final) Wild Card spot.

Each second-half game comes with its own sense of importance, and the Giants need every win they can get in a competitive race for the National League West crown.

As of Friday, San Francisco sits 2.5 games behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers as teams begin to start up play.

Heading into the break, the Giants brushed off a stretch that saw them lose three-straight series as San Francisco took two out of three from the Colorado Rockies.

The Giants will begin a favorable stretch of play that includes matchups against the struggling Pirates, Washington Nationals (36-54), Detroit Tigers (39-50), and Oakland Athletics (25-67) over the next two weeks.

If San Francisco wants to close the gap on Arizona and Los Angeles in the NL West standings, that process can start on Friday in Pittsburgh.

SF Giants vs. Pirates Pitching Probables

Friday, June 14th – Ross Stripling (0-2, 6.37 ERA) vs. Rich Hill (7-9, 4.78 ERA) – 4:05 PM PST

Saturday, June 15th – Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.91 ERA) vs. Johan Oviedo  (3-10, 4.75 ERA) –  4:05 PM PST

Sunday, June 16th – TBD vs. Osvaldo Bido (1-1, 4.44 ERA) – 9:05 AM PST

Who’s Hot?

Rocklin native Logan Webb has turned in two-straight games with 10-plus strikeouts, with his most recent game on July 9th being the right-hander’s first complete-game shutout of his career.

Webb is in line to make his next start on Monday when the Giants face the Cincinnati Reds.

Over his past ten games, Mike Yastrzemski is batting .321 with two home runs and 6 RBI.

Blake Sabol is hitting .364 with three home runs and 9 RBI over his past seven games.

Upcoming San Francisco Giants Schedule

  • Friday, July 14th-Sunday, July 16th – @ Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Monday, July 17th-Thursday, July 20th – @ Cincinnati Reds
  • Friday, July 21st-Sunday, July 23rd – @ Washington Nationals
  • Monday, July 24th – @ Detroit Tigers
  • Tuesday, July 25th-Wednesday, July 26th – vs. Oakland Athletics

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