Tonight's Giants lineup against Chad Billingsley looks like this:
Nate Schierholtz batting fifth here has to leave fans scratching their heads. He is hitting .282, with three home runs and 11 RBIs, but he is not your typical RBI power hitter. Pat Burrell might have been a better fifth-place hitter in the lineup because he brings something to the table that the Giants lack and is much needed -- patience and a legitimate home run threat.
Nonetheless, it is good to see Miguel Tejada out of shortstop. He just did not look comfortable there so far this year.
With the Rockies winning big against Philadelphia right now, this is a big game tonight for the Giants. If the Giants win, they would stay in first. If they lose, the Rockies would claim the National League West lead by a half game.
Madison Bumgarner (0-6, 4.25 ERA) is looking for his first win of the year tonight. If he is to get it, the Giants will need to play solid defensive baseball since Bumgarner makes hitters put the ball in play. This may be one advantage of having Schierholtz in there over Burrell.
Billingsley has been tough on the Giants in his career, but if they play their game (pitching, pitching, and more pitching), they should be just fine tonight at Chavez Ravine.
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