The first matchup of the series features Barry Zito and Erik Bedard (Friday, 7:05). Superficially, it looks like Zito is having a bit of a comeback season so far, with a 3.84 ERA, but he's mostly just getting lucky, allowing an unsustainably low .252 batting average on balls in play and striking out very few batters. His xFIP is a much-higher 5.30.
On Saturday (4:05), former Pirate Ryan Vogelsong takes on James McDonald. The Bucs' starter on Sunday (1:35) will be A.J. Burnett; the Giants have yet to announce their Sunday starter. It's Tim Lincecum's turn in the rotation, but Lincecum has struggled all season and got hit hard on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals.