SAN FRANCISCO -- Tonight's Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin is a career .098 (4-for-41) hitter with one extra-base hit, which probably won't strike fear into anybody -- except the Giants have had their hands full with opposing pitchers at the plate early this year.
Sure, it's a fluky statistic. But of the five home runs major-league pitchers have hit so far this season, the Giants have given up three of them, with Wade Miley's shot off Ryan Vogelsong last night the most recent. The others, of course, were Clayton Kershaw on opening day off George Kontos and Yovani Gallardo in Milwaukee off Matt Cain.
The topic of pitchers hitting came up today with Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who said it's one reason he prefers National League play. "Pitchers get involved, whether it's laying down a bunt or doing something else with the bat to help themselves, and last night Miley did. Our pitchers are going to hit probably two, three home runs this year."
As for the relative success of opposing pitchers against his staff, Bochy said it isn't as though the Giants' pitchers abandon their approach and just pour pitches over the plate when they see a pitcher in the box. "But the guys throw strikes -- you usually aren't going to walk the pitcher. So that's happened a couple times this year. I would say there are some pretty good pitchers that handle the bat throughout baseball."
Statistically, Corbin might not be one of the best. But that one extra-base hit? A triple last year -- off Vogelsong.
Here's the lineup the Giants will have tonight behind Cain:
And the Diamondbacks' lineup behind Corbin:
-- Matt Kawahara