Expect Close Games In San Francisco

Andre Ethier has hit .351/.407/.506 in 43 career games at AT&T Park.

The Dodgers in their last four years on the road against the Giants have had mixed success. From 2008-2011, the Giants won 19 of the 36 games played against the Dodgers at AT&T Park, but neither team took more than five of the nine games in San Francisco in any one year:

  • 2011: Giants won five of nine in San Francisco
  • 2010: Giants won five of nine in SF
  • 2009: Dodgers won five of nine in SF
  • 2008: Giants won five of nine in SF

Over the last four years, 21 of the 36 meetings between the Dodgers and Giants at AT&T Park were decided by two runs or less. Last year, four of their nine matchups in San Francisco were one-run affairs. This year, the Dodgers lead baseball with 31 one-run games (they are 18-13). The Giants are third with 27 one-run contests (16-11).

In other words, this seems likely to be a close series, with close games. Buckle up.

Starting Lineups

It was already noted that James Loney is 2-for-28 in his career against Barry Zito, with seven strikeouts. Couple that with Loney's current 0-for-15 slump, and a seat on the bench tonight was a foregone conclusion. This is the eighth time in the Dodgers' last 15 games in a National League park that Loney has not started.

Andre Ethier has hit .351/.407/.506 in 43 career games at AT&T Park. After going 6-for-11 over the weekend against the Angels, might Ethier snap his current streak of nine games without an RBI tonight?

Buster Posey gets a night off for San Francisco.

Dodgers
Giants
SS Gordon (L)
RF Blanco (L)
LF Herrera (S)
2B Theriot
RF Ethier (L)
LF Cabrera (S)
1B Rivera CF Pagan (S)
2B Hairston 3B Sandoval (S)
C Ellis 1B Belt (L)
3B Uribe C Sanchez (S)
CF Gwynn (L)
SS Crawford (L)
P Eovaldi
P Zito (L)

Game Time: 7:15 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

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