The right-hander looks to avoid losing his third straight start when the Giants open a three-game interleague series with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Schmidt has given up a combined 12 runs, 10 hits and seven walks over nine innings during his two-start skid. The 32-year-old right-hander showed flashes of his former self by striking out five in a row against Cleveland on Saturday only to resume his struggles with command in a 7-6 loss.
Schmidt, who finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting last year, lasted just five innings, giving up six runs, six hits and three walks to raise his ERA to 6.12—more than three runs higher than his 3.02 mark for his first four seasons in San Francisco.
“I was right there. Then all of a sudden …,” said Schmidt, who has one win in his last nine starts. “I’m getting beat on stupid pitches. I’m getting burned. It’s just a matter of getting over the hump.”
Schmidt has a 9.33 ERA in four starts since coming off a stint on the disabled list for a strained right shoulder. The Giants insist his struggles aren’t injury-related.
“I saw some good things—the strikeouts, good breaking balls and even some good fastballs,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “He is still struggling with location. … At times he was very good and other times he wasn’t.”
The Giants hope they can build on their best offensive game of the season. Omar Vizquel went 5-for-6 and drove in four runs and Pedro Feliz had three RBIs as San Francisco beat Minnesota 14-7 on Thursday.
The Giants ended a five-series losing streak while collecting season highs in runs and hits (18). San Francisco, which has won just four of its last 19 games, notched consecutive victories for the first time since May 24-25.
“We’re only eight games out, and it’s still early,” said Moises Alou, who went 3-for-4 with two walks. “I see a lot of happiness and a lot of trust and a lot of people feeling confident about our team.”
Jeremy Bonderman threw seven strong innings as Detroit beat NL West-leading San Diego 3-1 on Thursday for a three-game sweep. Chris Shelton, recalled from Triple-A Toledo on May 31, hit his first homer of the season and added an RBI single for the Tigers, who had lost four of their previous six games.