Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Afternoon of firsts on tap for Samardzija, Jungmann

It's not a classic matchup, but it's an intriguing one nonetheless, when a game pits a starting pitcher against an opponent who has never faced him. Which side has the advantage? That question will be asked approaching Wednesday's series finale between the Giants and Brewers.
Milwaukee right-hander Taylor Jungmann will be making his first career appearance against the Giants. His fortunes fluctuated during his rookie season in 2015, when he went 9-5 with a 2.42 ERA in his first 16 starts before slumping to 0-3 with a 9.53 ERA in his last five outings. Overall, the Brewers were 10-11 in his performances.
By contrast, right-hander Jeff Samardzija, scheduled for his regular-season debut as a Giant, has seen plenty of the Brewers -- probably more than he would have preferred, as he's 2-6 with a 4.80 ERA in 23 career appearances, including nine starts, against them. He has never won at Miller Park, where he's 0-3 with a 6.30 ERA in 13 games (six starts).
Things to know about this game
• The Giants are one of three teams to begin the season with no players on the disabled list. The White Sox and Twins are the others.
• Playing day games doesn't give Milwaukee's Ryan Braun an edge, nor is it a disadvantage for him. Braun entered Tuesday batting .304 lifetime in day games as well as night games.
• Defying the percentages, Giants right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland has limited left-handed batters to a .187 average.

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