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San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers Series Preview

May 8th, 2014 at 10:22 AM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants begin a huge four-game series tonight in Los Angeles against the Dodgers as they look to finish up the road trip in style.

'July 4th Giants vs Dodgers' photo (c) 2008, Sam Purtill - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The 21-13 Giants sit atop the National League West and head into this series with a 4-2 record on their current road trip, while the 19-16 Dodgers reside in third place. The Giants are 14-11 versus the NL West, 4-2 against the Dodgers and 7-6 on the road facing the NL West.

Ryan Vogelsong (1-1) gets the ball in the opener against Josh Beckett (0-1). Vogelsong is 4-3 lifetime facing the Dodgers with a 3.97 ERA and 53 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm.

Friday night has an all-lefty matchup between Madison Bumgarner (3-3) and Paul Maholm (1-2). Bumgarner has a career 9-4 record versus LA with a 2.68 ERA and 79 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm.

Saturday afternoon will feature Zack Greinke (5-1) taking on a Giants pitcher to be determined. Greinke is 1-0 versus the Giants with a 3.12 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm.

'Dodger Stadium - April 29, 2011' photo (c) 2011, Brendan C - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Sunday's series finale has a pitching beauty lined up with Tim Hudson (4-2) squaring off against Clayton Kershaw (2-0). Hudson is 6-4 versus the Dodgers with a 3.49 ERA and 66 strikeouts, First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm.

For the Giants to be successful in this series, they gotta capitalize on situations with runners in scoring position. The orange and black are batting .244 in these situations and have scored 62 runs this season with two outs and runners on base.

Brandon Crawford will get two opportunities this series to face lefties as he has been great facing them this season, batting .417 against left-handers with 15 hits and eight RBI's in 36 at-bats. The Giants are 11-7 versus right-handers and 10-6 against lefties.

These two teams won't see each other till a weekend series in July at AT&T Park from the 25th-27th. 

 

Tags: Baseball, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants

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