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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates a two run homerun of Pablo Sandoval #48 to trail 2-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates a two run homerun of Pablo Sandoval #48 to trail 2-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – MARCH 28: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning on Opening Day against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park March 28, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

San Francisco Giants vs. LA Dogers – Game 2

Bumgarner (0-1, 2.57 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) vs. Ryu (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 0.67 WHIP)

In his Opening Day start, Madison Bumgarner was dominant for a good part of the game. Wil Myers lack of performance was the ultimate undoing, along with the lack of offense. He’ll be making his return to Dodger Stadium after a good start last August that saw him go six innings as the Giants topped the Dodgers 5-2 in a 9th inning comeback.

Bumgarner has a lot of history against this team, some good and some not so good. He’ll need to look out for the likes of Enrique Hernandez (.487, 4 HR, 8 RBI vs. Bumgarner) as well as David Freese. A.J. Pollock and Justin Turner also have a few home runs against the Giant’s ace. However, history should favor him well as he is 9-7 at Dodger Stadium with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in 19 starts.

Opposing Bumgarner is Korean phenom Hyun-Jin Ryu. Like Bumgarner, Ryu was solid on Opening Day and looks to continue his dominance against the Giants. Last August, he shut the Giants out at home, going six innings and giving up only three hits while striking out six batters. Buster Posey presents a good challenge for Ryu.

The Giants catcher is a career .303 hitter against him with three doubles, a home run, and three RBI. Newly added Yangervis Solarte is 4-for-8 against the lefty with an RBI, so it’ll be good to see Solarte get a start in this game. Especially considering the big hole in LF that rookies Connor Joe and Michael Reed have been unable to fulfill so far.

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