Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Cueto set for Giants debut against Brewers

For proof that statistics can be deceiving, check Johnny Cueto's career performance against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cueto, who's scheduled to make his first regular-season start as a Giant when he faces the Brewers on Tuesday, owns a 9-3 record with a 2.87 ERA in 18 lifetime starts against Milwaukee. However, the Brewers have enjoyed the upper hand against Cueto at Miller Park, where he's 1-3 with a 4.19 ERA in seven outings. Pitchers tend to have rough times at Miller Park, where fly balls carry easily. Cueto ought to have enough savvy to survive at the retractable-roofed site, having spent most of his career pitching home games at hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Right-hander Jimmy Nelson, who starts Tuesday for Milwaukee, performed about as well here last year as any pitcher can hope for. Nelson finished 5-4 with a 3.49 ERA in 14 outings at Miller Park, compared with 6-9, 4.76 in 16 road assignments.
Things to know about this game
• Bruce Bochy is entering his 10th season as San Francisco's manager. His only predecessors to reach double figures were John McGraw (1902-32), Bill Terry (1932-41) and Dusty Baker (1993-2002).
• Having a retractable roof at home comes with advantages. In the Brewers' case, since they know foul weather can't force a postponement, they typically open the season at Miller Park. Monday marked their fifth consecutive season opener at home.
• The Giants employed an all-homegrown infield in a season opener for the first time since 1993 on Monday. The last such foursome consisted of first baseman Will Clark, second baseman Robby Thompson, shortstop Royce Clayton and third baseman Matt Williams.

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