SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt is back in the sixth spot tonight against Braves right-hander Tim Hudson and, in a bit of a shake-up of the Giants' normal left-field platoon, Andres Torres is starting over Gregor Blanco.
Blanco has been getting the bulk of starts against righties. But Torres' numbers are actually better this season hitting left-handed against righties (.764 OPS, four extra-base hits) than vice versa (.587 OPS, one extra-base hit). Torres is also having a pretty good homestand -- 5-for-12 with a solo home run.
Here's the full Giants lineup against the Braves tonight and right-hander Tim Hudson, whom the Giants haven't beaten since April 8, 2006 (he's 6-0 with a 2.48 ERA in nine starts against the Giants since):
And the Braves (whose 48 home runs lead the National League) against Cain (whose nine home runs allowed this season are tied for second-most in the league):
LF J. Upton
CF B.J. Upton
Cain earned his first win of the season in his last outing against the Dodgers. Cain has a 0.68 ERA in 13 1/3 innings against the Dodgers this year and a 7.85 ERA in 28 2/3 innings against everybody else.
-- Matt Kawahara