Barry Zito is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA to start the season. He will be looking to add to his phenomenal early season success as the San Francisco Giants (9-4) travel to open up a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers (3-8) on Tuesday.
Zito, who has thrown 14 straight scoreless innings to begin the year, has picked up right where he left off last season when he lead his team down the regular season stretch and throughout the postseason to a World Series title. San Francisco has won 16 consecutive Zito starts, and he has won 11 consecutive decisions dating back to last season.
Although the Giants won last weekend’s series 3-1 against the Chicago Cubs, they should be more than happy to be heading into hitter-friendly Miller Park.
Buster Posey has a career average of .500 with six home runs, 15 RBIs and eight runs in 24 at-bats lifetime at Miller Park. That equals a slugging percentage of 1.292 and an OPS of 1.859 — you can say he has some ownage of the Brewers.
Posey and the Giants will be facing Wily Peralta (0-1, 4.50 ERA). The 23-year-old right-hander went 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on six hits in a no decision against the Cubs in his last start. He is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in his three career home starts.
The struggling Brewers are looking to get their offense rolling. Milwaukee is second to last in the National League with just 36 runs scored. With their recent success, this isn’t a position that they are used to being in. Milwaukee also ranks second to last in the league in ERA at 4.95. Lack of situational hitting combined with bad pitching is always a recipe for disaster. Their 3-8 record speaks for itself.
San Francisco will look to take advantage of the Brewers’ sorrows and pick up some more early season wins. The Giants (9-4) have the third-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the scorching Atlanta Braves (11-1) and the cross Bay rival Oakland Athletics (10-4).
First pitch is at 5:10 pm PT.
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