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Dodgers, Giants Have Matched Starters, But Bullpen A Different Story

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The Giants bullpen has given up more runs than their starters against the Dodgers this season, in about a third of the innings.
The Giants bullpen has given up more runs than their starters against the Dodgers this season, in about a third of the innings.

The Dodgers and Giants have split 10 games this season, and when Joe Blanton and Tim Lincecum take the mound Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium they will have a high standard to reach. Starting pitching has been stellar in this rivalry all season.

Each team has eight quality starts in 10 games against the other, and the numbers are similar across the board.

Dodgers & Giants Starters Head-To-Head, 2012
Team IP H R ER BB K ERA FIP WHIP
Dodgers 65.2 64 21 21 17 55 2.88 2.59 1.234
Giants 65.2 64 17 16 19 48 2.19 2.65 1.264

Only Nathan Eovaldi's eight-run outing on June 25 stands out as a truly bad start in the bunch. He was the only Dodger to allow more than three runs in a start against the Giants this season, and Chad Billingsley two days later was the only other Dodger to allow even three runs to San Francisco.

The Giants have had two starters allow four runs to the Dodgers this season: Barry Zito on July 28 and Lincecum on May 9.

But when we get to the bullpens, there has been a stark difference in performance.

Dodgers & Giants Relievers Head-To-Head, 2012
Team IP H R ER BB K ERA FIP WHIP
Dodgers 22.1 17 2 2 5 22 0.81 1.84 0.985
Giants 23.1 28 19 16 8 14 6.17 4.51 1.543

The only runs allowed by a Dodgers reliever to the Giants this season were scored on Ronald Belisario on July 27, blowing a 3-1 lead in a game eventually won in extra innings on a Hanley Ramirez home run off Sergio Romo. Twelve of the runs scored by the Dodgers against the Giants' bullpen came in two games, six runs each on May 7 (a 9-1 win) and July 28 (a 10-0 triumph).

The result is the Dodgers have outscored the Giants 36-23 this season, but the two teams have split 10 games.

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