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Odrisamer Despaigne (3-7, 3.63 ERA) looks to bounce back from some rough starts against the veteran Tim Hudson (9-11, 3.41 ERA). Despaigne has allowed 9 earned runs in his last 2 starts and has not won since August 12th. He last pitched against the Giants on July 5th and threw 6 innings while only allowing one run on 2 hits.
Hudson has not won since August 22nd. He really struggled in his last start against the Dodgers. He only lasted 1 inning while getting knocked around for 6 runs on 8 hits. He has allowed 14 runs in his last 3 starts.
A main reason why the Giants are in contention is that of the bat and leadership of Buster Posey. He has had a good season, hitting 21 home runs with 86 RBI and a .310 average. An even bigger stat is that he has played in 139 games so far this year and has rarely missed more than a game at a time. The Friars need to tread carefully with Posey as he has a .341 career batting average against San Diego.