Tuesday’s Lineups and Pre-Gamer: Matt Kemp Returns for the Dodgers

The Dodgers broke the Giants five-game winning streak against LA on Monday and now bring back their guy in center field, Matt Kemp, who hasn’t played since May 29th. He and his pals will be squaring off against Mike Kickham, whom will be making his second career MLB start, his first being a forgettable experience in Oakland. Here’s who the rookie will be throwing against tonight:

May 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) pinch hit into a double play in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Cardinals won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Kickham’s fastball will be in the low-90′s, slider and change in the low-mid 80′s, and the curve in the high 70′s. His last start against Reno was a good one, going almost eight innings, a little over one baserunner per inning. That start came after a three game stretch where runs were being scored off of him and he allowed a homer in each game.

RHP Stephen Fife, though a lesser known name, has been good enough for the Dodgers in his four June starts, always going at least five innings, for the month has 22 K’s in 23 IP, but he hasn’t been invincible by any means: .270/.330/.414 against with a 1.35 WHIP and .339 BABIP. You look at what Fife throws, and he will use his fastball in all situations, a little less against RHH when he’s ahead where he’ll amp up the use of his curveball. His average fastball sits around 90.

Here’s who Fife will face:

Pablo Sandoval moves up to the four spot, Brandon Belt to the sixth. Bruce Bochy did some radio interviews today, and reiterated some things we had a good idea of:

On the outfield, keep in mind Andres Torres has a better bat than Juan Perez does:

And on Yasiel Puig, whom I think will be elected by the players or the MLB Final Vote:

Chad Gaudin rules himself healthy to return when his 15-day DL stint is done:

Angel Pagan had a successful surgery, per his wife:

  Just about time for the College World Series to get going on ESPN and a possible Giants signee will be on the mound for UCLA:

Prospect news coming out of Richmond, the Giants Double-A affiliate:

Adam Duvall was the kid that had 52 home runs across Augusta and San Jose the last two years, but the 24 year old (25 in September) has only 7 right now. The question mark on Duvall is not the bat, but the glove.

Game time is scheduled for 7:10 PM PST.

Topics: Mike Kickham, San Francisco Giants, Stephen Fife

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