Rodón, Giants Look To Gain Ground In Wild Card Race During Two-Game Set With Tigers

Aug 23, 2022, 9:33 AM
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 09: Carlos Rodon #16 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after throwing...
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As we enter the final stretch of Major League Baseball’s regular season, every game is a big one for the San Francisco Giants.

With 41 games remaining on the schedule, the Giants (60-61) currently sit 6.5 games back of the third and final spot in the National League Wild Card race. The Philadelphia Phillies (67-55) and San Diego Padres (68-56) are the two Wild Card teams ahead of San Francisco and the Milwaukee Brewers (65-56) as teams begin to play with a stronger sense of urgency.

To put it bluntly, the Giants need to go on a run.

That run could start on Tuesday night when All-Star left-hander Carlos Rodón will take the mound against the last-place Detroit Tigers (47-76) in a two-game set that will take place at Comerica Park.

Rodón struggled for most of July, posting a 4.80 ERA over five starts between July 4th and July 30th. Since allowing five runs to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 26th, the 29-year-old has returned to his early season form. Over Rodón’s last four starts, the lefty holds a 3-0 record to go along with a 1.48 ERA and 31 strikeouts (against two walks) during 24.1 innings pitched.

In two of those four starts, Rodón topped the 10 strikeout mark on two occasions–10 punch-outs on July 31st against the Chicago Cubs and 11 during his most-recent start on August 17th against the D-Backs.

With Rodón on the bump Tuesday and Logan Webb (11-6, 3.08 ERA) taking the ball on Wednesday, the Giants have their two best arms going as San Francisco hopes to secure a two-game sweep that could aid its positioning in the Wild Card race.

San Diego is set to open up a two-game set against the American League Central-leading Cleveland Guardians (64-56) on Tuesday, while Philadelphia will continue a four-game set against the Cincinnati Reds (48-72).

If San Francisco wants to pick up some games in the race for October, it starts tonight in the Motor City.

Giants vs Tigers Probable Starting Pitchers

Tuesday, August 23rd: Carlos Rodón (11-6, 2.89 ERA) vs Drew Hutchinson (1-6, 4.23 ERA)

Wednesday, August 24th: Logan Webb (11-6, 3.08 ERA) vs Matt Manning (0-1, 2.81 ERA)

Date Starting Pitcher
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