Josh Beckett, making his first start against the Giants in seven years, looks for some offensive support from fellow new Dodger Adrian Gonzalez.
The Dodgers and Giants get together for their third and final series in San Francisco this season, with the Dodgers looking to climb out of a 4½-game hole they have created in the National League West.
Five of the six games between these two teams at AT&T Park this season have been shutouts, with the other game an extra-inning win by the Dodgers. Here's a look at how some Dodgers have fared this season against their rivals:
- A.J. Ellis: .353/.488/.588, has started all 12 games behind the plate
- Luis Cruz: .409/.409/.500 (9-for-22 with two doubles) in six games
- Hanley Ramirez: .269/.269/.577 in six games (2-for-2 with two homers against Sergio Romo, 5-for-24, two doubles against everyone else
- Matt Kemp: .316/.341/.500 with one home run in nine games, but 6-for-15 (.400) with two doubles and a home runs in three games in San Francisco
- Andre Ethier: .279/.340/.419 with no home runs in 12 games
- Mark Ellis: .281/.303/.375 in eight games, including .333/.333/.333 (5-for-15, all singles) in three games in San Francisco
Adrian Gonzalez hasn't faced the Giants since 2010, but in 45 career games at AT&T Park he is hitting .297/.371/.462 with six home runs and 21 RBI. That looks a lot like his career line of .293/.371/.507, with the requisite power drop at the pitcher's park in San Francisco.
Friday's Ptiching Matchup
Josh Beckett makes his third start as a Dodger, and his first start against the Giants since 2005, when he was with the Marlins. Beckett is 4-3 with a 3.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Giants, including 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts in San Francisco with two walks and 18 strikeouts in 20 innings.
Tim Lincecum is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA against the Dodgers this season, with 20 strikeouts and five walks. Against everyone else, Lincecum is 6-13 with a 5.54 ERA.
Game Time: 7:15 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket, MLB Network