Visual Baseball:  The Giants’ starters, courtesy of Paintomatic

Here’s a look at the San Francisco Giants’ starting three for this series. It’s unclear why the Giants flipped Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez, but after looking at Paintomatic it does make some sense. For the most part, Tim Lincecum and Cain throw the same pitches, at roughly the same velocity and with similar frequency.


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Cain and Sanchez were flipped for two reasons: so that the Giants would alternate between left-handed and right-handed starters for the whole series, and because Cain is a fly-ball pitcher, which works better in San Francisco, where the park suppresses home runs to an extreme extent.