Giants’ Matt Cain Looks for First Career Win at Minute Maid Park: Fan’s Preview

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After a promising start to the series, the San Francisco Giants' homestand ended on a disappointing note with a series split concluding with two losses to the Atlanta Braves. Still holding a 2 1/2 game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Giants will have a great chance at extending their NL West lead by facing the two teams with the worst records in the National League. First up, the Giants head to the Lone Star state to face the Houston Astros.

The Astros at 40-88 have the worst record in the majors and have only won seven games since the All-Star break. After trading away Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Johnson, Brett Myers, J.A. Happ, and Carlos Lee, the team has clearly been in full-rebuild mode and has not been a very competitive opponent because of that. With Bud Norris' 0-10 record and 6.78 ERA in his last 14 starts, he should be easy pickings for a Giants team hoping to come away with many victories on this road trip.

For the Giants, Matt Cain will need to continue the great pitching from his last start that helped him beat the Dodgers to cap off a series sweep. With a career 0-2 record and 6.52 ERA at Minute Maid Park, his history in Houston hasn't been the greatest but shouldn't have too much difficulty beating an Astros lineup that only has one healthy dangerous hitter in Jose Altuve.

Matchup:

The San Francisco Giants will visit the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park located in Houston, TX on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:05 p.m. PT. This will be the first game in a three-game series.

Season series:

Giants lead season series 5-1.

Standings:

San Francisco comes into the matchup with a 71-57 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 34-29 when playing on the road and have won seven of their last 10 games.

Houston enters the game with a 40-88 record and in sixth place in the National League Central. They are 27-35 when playing at home and have won one of their last 10 games.

Starting pitcher matchup:

San Francisco: Matt Cain

2012 season: 13-5, 2.83 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 159 Ks

Career numbers vs. Astros: 3-3, 3.56 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 52 Ks

Houston: Bud Norris

2012 season: 5-11, 5.19 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 130 Ks

Career numbers vs. Giants: 0-2, 4.41 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 21 Ks

Where to watch and listen to the game:

The game can be watched and heard live locally at the following:

In San Francisco: CSN-BA HD & KNBR 680

In Houston: FS-H, KTRH 740, & KLAT 1010

Batting statistic leaders:

San Francisco: Buster Posey and Marco Scutaro - .328 batting average; Buster Posey - 19 home runs; Buster Posey - 80 runs batted in.

Houston: Jose Altuve - .301 batting average; Jed Lowrie - 14 home runs; J.D. Martinez - 54 runs batted in.

Sources:

Astros return home to face red-hot Cain, Giants, MLB.com

Giants-Astros Preview, AP

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Austin Chang is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, baseball fan, and supporter of the San Francisco Giants. Follow this Featured Contributor on Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.

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