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Manager: Bruce Bochy (22 - 19) (1296 - 1319) 

Current: Scored 142 runs, given up 149  Pythag - 19 - 22

Outlook: After catching the Rockies, the Giants have lost two in a row to the first place Rockies, so they now sit 1/2 game back.. They are kind of the same team from last year, great pitching, no hitting.  9 - 6 in May, the team is waiting for Pablo Sandoval to come back and kick start the offense into gear. For the time being the Belt experience is over, so no more Huff gifts in right field. Torres is back, Cody Ross is back, bit of a logjam in the outfield as time is being handed out to everyone.  Dude named Ryan Vogelsong has stepped in for the injured Zito and has given the rotation a shot in the arm with four starts, his last two being superlative efforts. The man last pitched in the major leagues in 2006 and here he is pitching for the World Champs. 

Disabled List: Barry Zito, Pablo Sandoval

Old Friends: Mota, Cody Ross

Positions:

1st Base: Aubrey Huff is back and is now heating up with a .803 OPS in May. 

2nd Base: Freddie Sanchez being Freddie, nothing interesting going on here.

Shortstop: Miguel Tejada - worst full time hitter in baseball not named James Loney? OPS+ of 40, his full OPS of .512 is less then the slug% of Sandoval .530. 

3rd Base: Mike Fontenot and Mark DeRosa filling in while Panda heals. Surprisingly it is DeRosa who has been terrible while Fontenot is flashing some power (.426 slug%). 

Catcher:  ROY Buster Posey is not having a good year but he might be heating up with nine singles in his last six games. 

Normally I break down the outfield by position but everyone is playing somewhere so I'll hit all of them.

Cody Ross - Came off the DL on April 20th, has had a terrible year so far (.660 OPS), some nights he starts in RF, some in LF. 

Pat Burrell - Until yesterday Pat the Bat had only four hits in May but he collected two last night. He hit five home runs in April but none since April 18th. 

Aaron Rowand - got to play a lot when Torres was on the DL and has an .589 OPS since April 12th. Yet he's still getting some burn even with Torres back. Go figure. Then again we are playing Loney, Sands, and Uribe so who am I to mock a lineup that has Rowand in it.

Nate Schierholtz - Best hitting outfielder on the Giants right now who is not named Torres? Numbers say yes, with his .833 OPS. So of course he sat last night.  Normally however he's been playing RF on an almost everyday basis. 

Andres Torres - is out to prove last year was no fluke and so far he's doing the job. In fact, he's making last year look like he underperformed as he has a .900 plus OPS so far this year. Only 58 plate appearances but still he's rocking.

Starting Pitching:

 Dodger/Giant Matchups
Game# Matchup Fave Win% Total Runs
1 Matt Cain versus Clayton LAN

2 Madison Bumgarner  versus Chad LAN


Matt Cain Versus Dodgers

                                                                                            
                   PA  AB  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Juan Castro         3   3  2  0  0  0   1  0  0 .667 .667 .667 1.333  0  0   0   0         0
Andre Ethier       50  44 22  1  1  0   3  4  5 .500 .520 .568 1.088  0  2   1   0         0
James Loney        43  39 14  5  1  0  10  4  2 .359 .419 .538  .957  0  0   1   0         1
Jay Gibbons         6   6  1  0  0  1   3  0  2 .167 .167 .667  .833  0  0   0   0         0
Jamey Carroll      19  18  6  0  1  0   2  1  3 .333 .368 .444  .813  0  0   0   0         0
Matt Kemp          36  35  9  3  1  0   1  1  8 .257 .278 .400  .678  0  0   0   0         1
Tony Gwynn         16  16  3  0  0  0   0  0  3 .188 .188 .188  .375  0  0   0   0         0
Rod Barajas         9   9  0  0  0  0   0  0  2 .000 .000 .000  .000  0  0   0   0         0
Clayton Kershaw     5   5  0  0  0  0   0  0  1 .000 .000 .000  .000  0  0   0   0         0
Aaron Miles         3   3  0  0  0  0   0  0  0 .000 .000 .000  .000  0  0   0   0         0
Total             207 193 58  9  4  1  20 11 36 .301 .335 .404  .739  1  2   2   0         2

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Generated 5/17/2011.

Madison Bumgarner Versus Dodgers

                                                                  
                PA AB  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS
Rod Barajas      2  1  1  0  0  1   1  1  0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000
Matt Kemp        5  3  3  0  0  0   1  2  0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Jamey Carroll    6  6  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  .500  .500  .500 1.000
Juan Uribe       3  3  1  0  0  0   0  0  1  .333  .333  .333  .667
James Loney      6  5  1  0  0  0   1  1  1  .200  .333  .200  .533
Andre Ethier     6  6  1  0  0  0   1  0  1  .167  .167  .167  .333
Aaron Miles      1  1  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  .000
Tony Gwynn       1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0                          0
Total           32 27 11  0  0  1   4  4  4  .407  .484  .519 1.002

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Generated 5/17/2011.

Setup: Mota, Romo, Runzler, Affeldt, Ramirez, Lopez - three lefties in Affeldt, Lopez, and Runzler

Closer: The bearded one, Brian Wilson 12 saves 

Matchup Notes: Our two best pitchers against the World Champs is what you hope for in key series like this. Dodgers sweep