With three starters currently out of the lineup and nursing injuries, it would seem to follow that the Giants' beleaguered lineup would struggle mightily without its leadoff, No. 2 and cleanup hitters. But to this point on a nine-game road trip, that hasn't been the case, due in large part to a torrid stretch from Buster Posey.
Through Friday's 6-0 win over the Braves, the Giants have scored 6.14 runs per game during the road trip. Posey has five multi-hit games during the stretch, which has coincided with manager Bruce Bochy slotting Posey in the No. 3 spot in the lineup.
Posey has battered opposing pitching the past two games in blowout victories, including a 3-for-5 performance with a career-high three doubles in his homecoming Friday. The Leesburgh, Ga., product extended his hitting streak against the Braves to 12 games Friday night and is hitting .417 during that span.
Braves starter Mike Minor will look to quell Posey's hot streak Saturday, but it won't be easy: Posey is 3-for-6 with a double against the Atlanta left-hander.
Braves: Minor successful against San Francisco
With the exception of Posey's brief history against Minor, the Braves starter has mostly tormented San Francisco hitters. He has struck out 21 Giants in 18 2/3 innings while walking just three to a tune of a 1.93 ERA.
Minor has been exceptional in 2013 for Fredi Gonzalez's club. He has earned a quality start in his last eight outings and 11 of 13 on the season. Minor's only outing of more than three earned runs came in Detroit, when he allowed six in 6 2/3 innings on April 28.
Giants: Gaudin takes the mound again
Chad Gaudin will take his turn in Bochy's rotation for the third time Saturday and, so far, the results have been positive.
In each start -- at St. Louis and at Arizona -- Gaudin was the winning pitcher and tossed a quality start on each occasion, going six innings and yielding just two runs both times.
Gaudin has experienced disastrous results against the Braves during his career. He's posted a 7.78 ERA in 19 2/3 career innings against Atlanta.
• Even with Friday night's loss to the Giants, the Braves are a Major League-best 21-8 at home this season. The Giants have struggled mightily on the road this season (14-20), but have improved lately, winning five of their last eight away from AT&T Park. Surprisingly, Atlanta has been shut out in five of its eight losses at home in 2013.
• Despite playing the fewest number of home games in the National League to this point, the Braves have hit 41 home runs at Turner Field, the third-best mark in the Senior Circuit. Overall, they are 3-19 in games in which they do not homer and 36-9 in games with a home run.