Leading Off

August 5, 2014

Leading Off: Without Cain, who is go-to pitcher for Giants?

The Giants won’t have pitcher Matt Cain to rely on in the final stretch of the season. He’s scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Monday to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Without Cain, who will be the Giants’ go-to pitcher?

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The Giants won’t have pitcher Matt Cain to rely on in the final stretch of the season. He’s scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Monday to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

Without Cain, who will be the Giants’ go-to pitcher?

Tim Lincecum is 9-7 and could finish this season with his best record since 2011, his last All-Star season. No longer capable of blowing batters away with his velocity, Lincecum has morphed into a location pitcher and has a chance for his first winning record since 2010. His no-hitter against the San Diego Padres – his second in two seasons – proves he’s still capable of big performances.

If the Giants are looking for a big road win, Madison Bumgarner’s their guy. He’s 9-2 with a 1.58 ERA on the road and 4-6 with a 5.60 ERA at AT&T Park. His 13 wins are among the National League leaders, and he could surpass his career high of 16 wins set in 2012.

Ryan Vogelsong got off to a 5-3 start but is 1-5 in his past seven starts. That one victory was perhaps his finest, a one-hit complete game – the first of his career – in last Friday’s 5-1 win over the Mets. Vogelsong is another Giants pitcher with postseason success, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.09 ERA.

At 38, Tim Hudson has the Giants’ lowest ERA at 2.74 with an 8-8 record. Despite playing 15 seasons, Hudson only has two postseason starts – 0-1 record with Atlanta – since 2005.

Jake Peavy is 0-2 for the Giants since being traded from the Red Sox. A wild pitch on a strikeout with two outs in the fifth inning led to three runs in a loss to the Dodgers, and last Saturday the Mets beat the Giants after scoring four runs in the seventh against Peavy, who took a perfect game into the inning.

– Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


Today’s poll

Who is now the Giants’ go-to pitcher?

• Madison Bumgarner
• Tim Hudson
• Tim Lincecum
• Jake Peavy
• Ryan Vogelsong

To vote, go to sacbee.com/sports


Tuesday’s results

What would most benefit DeMarcus Cousins making the U.S. men’s team ?

• Being coached by Mike Krzyzewski: 41%
• Learning from Kevin Durant: 43%
• More national exposure: 16%

Total votes: 146

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