July 12, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; National League manager Bruce Bochy (15) of the San Francisco Giants greets Americna League manager Ron Washington (38) of the Texas Rangers before the 2011 All Star game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Series Preview: Texas Rangers (33-25) @ San Francisco Giants (33-25)


Usually the end of one series means you can leave where you were and get a change of scenery. Well, the Rangers don’t get that even though they stay on the road. They are staying at the same hotel and now go to San Francisco for a three-game series in what is a rematch of the 2010 World Series.

The Rangers have allowed 90 runs in their last nine games and this should be a very interesting series with Scott Feldman and Alexi Ogando going on back to back days. Either the Rangers will right the ship or it will be the lowest point of the season for the Rangers.

Series at a Glance

Texas Record: 33-25 (1st AL West)
San Francisco Record: 33-25 (2nd NL West, 4 GB)

Season Series: 0-0
Record at San Francisco: 0-0

Notable Transaction: July 1, 2010: The San Francisco Giants traded Bengie Molina to the Texas Rangers for Michael Main and Chris Ray.

Probable Starters:

Friday 9:05 CDT TEX: LHP Matt Harrison (7-3, 4.37 ERA/3.84 FIP) – SF: LHP Barry Zito (5-2, 2.98 ERA/4.34 FIP)

Saturday 3:05 CDT TEX: RHP Scott Feldman (0-4, 7.01 ERA/5.48 FIP) – SF: RHP Ryan Vogelsong (4-2, 2.38 ERA/3.58 FIP)

Sunday 3:05 CDT TEX: RHP Alexi Ogando (1-0, 2.27 ERA/2.52 FIP) *1st start – SF: RHP Tim Lincecum (2-6, 5.83 ERA/3.66 FIP)

Projected Giants Lineup

1 RF Gregor Blanco (L)
2 2B Ryan Theriot
3 LF Melky Cabrera (S)
4 C Buster Posey
5 CF Angel Pagan (S)
6 1B Brandon Belt (L) vs RHP
7 3B Joaquin Arias
8 SS Brandon Crawford (L)

Bench
C Hector Sanchez (S)
1B/2B Brett Pill vs LHP
1B/OF Aubrey Huff (L)
IF Emmanuel Burriss (S)
OF Nate Schierholtz (L)

Bullpen
CL RHP Santiago Casilla
SU RHP Sergio Romo
SU LHP Jeremy Affeldt
MID LHP Javier Lopez
MID RHP Clay Hensley
MID RHP Steve Edlefsen
LR RHP Shane Loux

(source MLBDepthCharts)

For more information on the Giants see FanSided’s Giants page, Around the Foghorn.

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