After a late night in Detroit, pitchers would appear to have the advantage with a quick turnaround between games.
Even if that wasn't the case, though, the hitters would seem to be in for a tough challenge based on Saturday's pitching matchup.Just over 12 hours after wrapping up the series opener, San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner and the Tigers' David Price square off as the two weary playoff hopefuls meet.San Francisco (77-64) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after just three innings Friday before the rain came. The game was delayed 2 hours, 42 minutes, but that didn't end Jake Peavy's night. The starter pitched another three innings and didn't allow an earned run in an 8-2 victory, San Francisco's eighth in 10 games."It was a long wait, but well worth it," manager Bruce Bochy said. "The last thing we wanted to do was start this thing over."The late night meant Detroit manager Brad Ausmus sent some of his players home after they were subbed out."I told the guys that I took out of the game to go home and try to get some sleep with another game coming so soon," he said.The Tigers (77-64) fell two games behind AL Central-leading Kansas City, and are also a half-game back of Seattle for the second wild card.The Giants, who trail Los Angeles by two games in the NL West and own a three-game lead over Milwaukee for the first wild card, are batting .370 while averaging 8.9 runs over their last seven games.The usual suspects led Friday's 15-hit charge with Buster Posey getting a pair of hits, Pablo Sandoval homering and Hunter Pence extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Posey is 10 for 18 this month and batting .484 with six homers and 10 RBIs in his last 14 games. Sandoval is hitting .377 in his last 15, and Pence is also batting .377 on his run.The trio could have a hard time continuing their torrid stretches against Price (13-10, 3.25 ERA), the major league leader with 232 strikeouts and 210 1/3 innings.After being tagged for eight runs and a career high-tying 12 hits -- including nine in a row -- in two-plus innings of a loss to the Yankees on Aug. 27, Price looked like his old self in Cleveland on Monday. He allowed one run while striking out eight in seven innings of a 12-1 win.Aside from the beating against the Yankees, the left-hander has a 0.78 ERA in his other three starts since Aug. 16.In his only outing against the Giants last August, Price allowed five hits and a run over nine innings in Tampa Bay's 2-1, 10-inning win.Bumgarner (16-9, 2.97) won his second NL Pitcher of the Month award of 2014 after going 4-1 with a league-best 1.57 ERA in six August starts. He also had an NL-best 56 strikeouts to just three walks over 46 innings.The lefty yielded a run in six innings of Sunday's 15-5 victory over Milwaukee to match his career high for wins.He's compiled a majority of his victories on the road, going 10-3 with a 1.86 ERA away from San Francisco. His only start against the Tigers came at Detroit in 2011, when he allowed a run while striking out nine in 7 1/3 innings.He's limited J.D. Martinez and Victor Martinez to three hits in 19 combined at-bats, but Victor Martinez is batting .393 with five home runs in his last 15 contests.Miguel Cabrera is also swinging a hot bat, going 11 for 22 in five games this month.Pence is 2 for 8 with a homer and double against Price.
Madison Bumgarner (30.8%) and David Price (30.4%), who face off against each other Saturday, are first and second in strike out percentage on hard stuff (fastballs, cutters, sinkers and splitters). While the Giants hit .273 against hard stuff (10th in MLB), the Tigers lead all of baseball, batting .293