Melky Cabrera figures to receive a decidedly mixed reaction Tuesday when the Toronto Blue Jays begin a two-game series against the Giants. Cabrera is returning to AT&T Park for the first time since being suspended last August after testing positive for a banned substance. The left fielder, who is batting .324 with 10 RBIs since May 11, signed with Toronto after the Giants left him off their postseason roster.
The Blue Jays outscored the Giants 21-9 in two wins in Toronto last month, but they’re already 10½ games out of first place in the American League East at 24-33.
The Giants have lost six of their past 10 games, and they’re still waiting for their pitching to return to form.
San Francisco’s starting pitchers have combined for just four quality starts in their last 19 games.
One of the struggling pitchers, Tim Lincecum, will take the mound Tuesday. He has lost five of his last six decisions, including three straight while posting an 8.27 ERA over that stretch. The two-time Cy Young Award winner owns a troubling 68-to-31 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
“He is a little bit of an enigma,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. “His stuff is there. He has really good innings. He’s just in a rut where at the critical part of a game, he makes a mistake.”