National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, March 31st
(All times Eastern)
San Francisco Giants (0-0) at Arizona Diamondbacks (0-2), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Madison Bumgarner (0-0, 0.00)
Arizona - Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Diamondbacks opened up the home portion of
their schedule half way around the world last week. Now, they'll really get to
enjoy the comforts of home, as they host the San Francisco Giants in the first
of a three-game series at Chase Field.
Arizona was listed as the home team last weekend in Sydney, Australia, when it
lost both ends of a two-game series to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It scored four
runs in the ninth and almost pulled out a dramatic win in the second contest,
but came up short in a 7-5 setback.
"The reality is, we lost two games here," said new left fielder Mark Trumbo,
who went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the second game.
The Diamondbacks, who are still reeling from the loss for the season of young
ace Patrick Corbin to Tommy John surgery, will hand the ball to right-hander
Brandon McCarthy, who did not pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
McCarthy was the Opening Day starter for the Oakland A's in 2012 and went 5-11
with a 4.53 ERA in 22 starts last year in his first season with the
"It's a cool opportunity. For the fans, it's their first chance to get out and
see you guys again," McCarthy said. "There's always a lot of atmosphere there;
it's kind of the closest you get to a playoff atmosphere in the regular season
until the season starts drawing to an end. It'll be fun."
San Francisco, meanwhile, struggled after winning its second world title in
three years in 2012, as its starting staff broke down en route to a 76-86
Even with last season's disappointment, general manager Brian Sabean didn't
tinker much with the roster. He did, however, take a chance on slugger Mike
Morse, who could hit 30 home runs. Then again, he could also play just 30
The Giants actually upgraded a starting staff that was a huge disappointment a
year ago, as they let Barry Zito walk and replaced him with another workhorse
veteran in Tim Hudson.
It will be 24-year-old Madison Bumgarner, though, who gets the call on Monday.
With Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum struggling, Bumgarner assumed the role as team
ace and won 13 games, while pitching to a 2.77 ERA. He also fell one strikeout
short of 200 and went over 200 innings pitched for the third straight season.
"You think about it once you get into pro baseball," Bumgarner said of his
Opening Day honor. "That's something you'd like to have the opportunity to
San Francisco was 12-7 last year against the Diamondbacks.
03/31 10:26:38 ET