The San Francisco Giants start the final week of the season toniight at home against the rival Dodgers. Los Angeles has already clinched the NL West and the Giants are looking to stay out of the basement of the division.
Matt Cain (8-9, 4.06 ERA) will be pitching tonight to try and avoid his first losing season since 2008 when he went 8-14. He has pitched well since the All Star Break and has a 2.34 ERA in the second half. Sixth best among all NL starters. Cain hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in each of his last 11 starts. However, the Giants have gone 3-8 in those games and lost 6 of Cain’s last 7 starts.
For the Dodgers tonight it’s left handed Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-7, 3.03) who will be making his 5th start against the Giants this season. He’s gone 1-2 against the Giants with a 2.81 ERA. He has improved as the season progeressed, pitching better each time out against the Giants. They have had their chances againts Ryu this year putting 39 runners on against him in 25.2 innings.
The lineups for tonight’s game.
Tonight's #SFGiants lineup – Pagan CF, Perez LF, Belt 1B, Posey C, Pence RF, Sandoval 3B, Abreu 2B, Adranza SS and Cain RHP
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) September 24, 2013
Some of the young kids are getting playing time tonight against a left handed starter. Juan Perez is coming off a tremendous week in New York in which he went 6 for 11 with 2 doubles. Oh yea, they just happened to be his first two AB’s in Yankee Stadium, in his hometown.
Hunter Pence must be happy to see the Dodgers again. He struggled in New York going 1 for 21 on the entire trip. We remember what he did to the Dodgers his last time out. In 4 games he went 8 for 17 with 5 home runs. It was a record setting performance that put him with the likes of Willie Mays and Mel Ott.
In other late breaking news this came across Twitter just a short time ago.
Breaking: Zito to start tomorrow for #sfgiants, Bumgarner will rest for remainder of season.
Alex has more on the Zito start in his series preview, check it out here. Also, check out episode 2 of the Around The Foghorn podcast with Chris and me. You can find that here. For tonight it’s just one more chance to #BeatLA.