Sooner or later, the Giants hope right-hander Ryan Vogelsong will figure it out.
San Francisco is betting on the former, as it opted to keep Vogelsong on turn for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays despite a Monday off-day that gave the Giants a chance to skip the struggling right-hander.
Vogelsong allowed six earned runs on seven hits and three walks in his last start against the Braves, striking out a season-high seven. Despite his ugly line, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided to keep the right-hander on schedule.
"The more I look at it, it looks pretty good," Bochy said of Vogelsong's last outing. "We'll stay behind him."
Vogelsong's ERA has jumped to 7.78 after giving up 22 earned runs in 21 innings in his last four starts. But, Bochy acknowledged, the right-hander posted a 6.75 ERA in his final 10 regular-season starts last year before rebounding in the playoffs.
"He went through this last year," Bochy said. "He just has to back off grinding too hard on every pitch."
Veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz starts for the Jays in place of righty Brandon Morrow, who won't start until Saturday because of back and neck tightness. Depending on how Ortiz does, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said he could be in line for more starts.
"Ortiz is obviously lined up to pitch tomorrow, and if he throws well, I don't see why we would change that," Anthopoulos said.
Giants: Scutaro keeps streaking
Marco Scutaro went 3-for-5 on Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. The 37-year-old second baseman, who is batting .491 during his streak, also got a half-day off Tuesday while serving as the designated hitter.
"This is a great opportunity to give Scutaro a break," Bochy said. "We're only here two days so I can't take it easy on a lot of them, but with Scutaro it makes sense to give him a break."
• The Giants are hitting .298 with runners in scoring position this season, including a .331 mark in their last 16 games.
Blue Jays: GM happy with road trip
This series against the Giants marks a short two-game homestand at Rogers Centre for the Blue Jays before Thursday's off-day and a weekend series in the Bronx. Anthopoulos said he was happy with the club's recently completed seven-game road trip.
"We were 4-3 on this trip, but we actually played much better than we had earlier in the season," Anthopoulos said. "We just played cleaner games, and we're still going to make errors from time to time. But there's a lot of good things that happened. We had some quality starts, obviously we hit a lot of home runs, and started to do some things. The key is now is that going to carry over?"
• Outfielder Rajai Davis is two stolen bases shy of tying Vernon Wells for 10th on the club's all-time list.
• Closer Casey Janssen is a perfect 10-for-10 in save situations this season and has converted 16 straight chances dating back to 2012.
• The Giants are 8-5 all-time against the Blue Jays, with 10 of the 13 games between the clubs being decided by three runs or fewer.
• The Blue Jays are 12-0 when scoring five or more runs.
• The Giants are 17-5 when scoring first.