The Giants first non-Opening Day-related road trip will whisk them away to the magical land that they occupied not 3 weeks ago: Phoenix, Arizona.
The Giants will send Cain, Zito, and Bumgarner agaist Daniel Hudson, Joe Saunders, and Barry Enright. Combined those 3 D-Back pitchers are 0-4, but Hudson is sporting an ERA just above 3 (the other 2 are at an eRA of 6)
Cainer should be able to handle the Zonas, even with their "best" pitcher on the mound.
I worry about guys that have high ERAs after 2 starts because you know that they're due for a reaosnable start.
Saunders gives up baserunners, whereas Enright is a bit more stingy in that department. I see another bullpen game in Z's future, but I see Maddy pitching a little more comfortably against a sub-par team.
Saunders will let the Giants hit, and I hope that it'll wake up Belt in that game in particular. The Giants are going to have at least one 6, 7, or 8-run game, and I think that middle game will be the horse race. It should also be the gravy game.
Game 3 moight be lower scoring, but I'd like to see Maddy take a 4-1 win in his pocket and go 7.
The way Panda Bear and Fred have been hitting, and with the hopes of an andres Torres return by Saturday, plus the Giants on an upswing, nothing would be better than taking a 3 game sweep into Colorado next week. That would also put them 3 games over .500.