The Dodger offense hasn't been very effective so far this season, averaging just 3.11 runs per game through the first nine contests. They are hitting just .245/.310/.338, all numbers in the bottom third of the National League. They have an OPS of .667 against right-handed pitching, and one of just .600 against lefties so far this season. They will face a tough test this week in San Francisco, as they face two southpaws (Madison Bumgarner tonight, Jonathan Sanchez Wednesday night), and the one right-hander they do get to face just happens to be Tim Lincecum.
As one would expect, that .600 OPS against southpaws has been dragged down by the Dodgers' left-handed hitters. Dodger lefties have 26 plate appearances against same-handed pitchers this season, and have collected one single, one walk, and one sacrifice fly. That makes for a robust line of .042/.077/.042, an OPS of .119. The prime culprits of course for this lefty on lefty crime have been Andre Ethier (0-for-9 with a walk) and James Loney (1-for-10 with a sac fly).
Yes, these are obviously small sample sizes, but it's not like struggling against left-handed pitching as anything new for Ethier and Loney. Ethier has a .674 career OPS against southpaws, and hasn't been above .692 since 2007. Loney has a career .693 OPS against lefties, and since the beginning of 2008 the OPS is .653. Ethier and Loney in their careers against right-handed pitchers have an OPS of .917 and .809, respectively.
Juan Uribe, who is expected to pick up his championship ring privately during this series, is 0-for-6 against southpaws so far this season, with three strikeouts.
The best Dodger so far against lefties has been Matt Kemp, who is 4-for-8 with two doubles, a home run, and a walk in nine plate appearances.
Giants' centerfielder Andres Torres has a mild strain of his left Achilles, and is expected to miss the entire series, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.
Game Time: 7:15 p.m.