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San Francisco Giants-Miami Marlins Weekend Preview

July 18th, 2014 at 2:28 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants open up the second half of the season tonight with a seven-game road trip against two teams from the National League East that begins with a three-game series versus the Miami Marlins.

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The second place 52-43 Giants look to put behind a recent 10-22 stretch in their last 32 games, while the 44-50 Marlins reside in fourth place in the NL East, 7.5 games out of first place.

All-Star Madison Bumganrer (10-7) gets the ball in the opener opposing Nathan Eovaldi (5-4). Bumgarner is 0-2 all-time versus the Marlins with a 5.09 ERA and 19 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 pm.

Saturday features a matchup between Tim Hudson (7-6) and Henderson Alvarez (6-4). Hudson owns a 14-4 career record against the Marlins with a 2.95 ERA and 121 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 pm. 

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Sunday's series finale has Tim Lincecum (9-5) facing Brad Hand (0-2). Lincecum has a 2-2 career mark versus the Marlins with a 3.83 ERA and 46 strikeouts. First pitched is scheduled for 10:10 am.

The Giants are 11-6 this season versus the NL East, 3-0 on the road and 2-2 against the Marlins this year. They are 38-11 when scoring first and 17-14 in series openers.

Bumgarner has been dominant on the road this season, showcasing a 6-2 record and the third best ERA on the road in the NL with a 1.98 mark in 10 starts. The lefty is holding opponents to a .220 batting average, while Lincecum has surrendered just one run in his last 30.1 innings. 

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