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Dodgers vs. Giants: Notes on offense

Jason O. Watson

The Dodgers are up north this weekend, trying to solve the puzzle that is the San Francisco Giants this weekend at AT&T Park. It is not something the Dodgers have yet been able to do this year, dropping all three series to the Giants and losing seven of 10 games.

Here is a look at some numbers on offense between the two teams this year.

San Francisco has outscored Los Angeles 38-29 in their 10 meetings this year, but the Dodgers have managed to have three players with at least a 1.000 OPS against the Giants this year, two of which are in question this weekend thanks to getting hit on the left hand by a pitch last weekend in St. Louis.

Andre Ethier is 8-for-20 with two doubles, a home run and two walks against the Giants this year, hitting .400/.458/.650. Hanley Ramirez is 10-for-33 with three home runs, four doubles and three walks, hitting .303/.395/.697. Yasiel Puig is 10-for-30 with two home runs, a double and a triple, hitting .333/.375/.633.

Matt Kemp has hit three of his eight home runs this season against the Giants, hitting .306/.359/.611 with a team-best six RBI in 10 games against San Francisco, including nine starts.

The highest OPS by a Giants regular against the Dodgers this year is Brandon Belt (.861), 10-for-30 with a home run, a double and two walks, but he's on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion. Angel Pagan is also on the disabled list, removing someone hitting .297/.409/.378 against the Dodgers this season.

Hunter Pence is 12-for-40 with three doubles, a home run and six walks against the Dodgers this season, hitting .300/.383/.450. Buster Posey is hitting .270/.400/.378 against the Dodgers, 10-for-37 with a home run, a double and eight walks.

Dee Gordon has stolen seven bases in seven attempts against the Giants this season, and in his career has stolen 17 bases in 20 attempts against San Francisco in 31 games, including 24 starts, the most steals Gordon has against any opponent.

In their 10 matchups this season, the Dodgers are hitting .194/.264/.290 in 108 plate appearances with runners in scoring position. The Giants with RISP are hitting .253/.368/.316 in 118 PA against the Dodgers this year.

The Dodgers have scored six or more runs 34 times this season (second most in the National League), the Giants 27 times. The Dodgers have scored three or fewer runs 48 times this year, the Giants 46 times.

The Dodgers have scored 29 runs in their last 11 games, after scoring 56 runs in their previous 11 games. The Giants have scored 50 runs in their last 11 games, after scoring 26 runs in their previous 11 games.

The Giants' worst position in 2014 has been second base, with San Francisco's primary occupants at the position - Brandon Hicks for 59 starts, Joe Panik for 18, Ehire Adrianza for 14, Joaquin Arias for eight and Marco Scutaro for three starts - have combined to hit .184/.264/.289, second-worst in the National League to San Diego in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+ (61), and wOBA (.257), and third-worst in wRC+ (66). It's why the Giants took a flier on Dan Uggla, thrown on the scrap heap by Atlanta after hitting  a combined .175/.295/.332 in 184 games since the start of 2013.

But those Giants second basemen this season in 10 games against the Dodgers are hitting .243/.333/.486 with two home runs and three doubles.

For the Dodgers, their worst position has been catcher. The backstops collectively have hit .198/.294/.277 with three home runs, dead last in the National League in average, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+ (66), wOBA (.265) and wRC+ (65), and 12th in on-base percentage. The numbers have stabilized a bit of late with the return of A.J. Ellis, hitting .241/.370/.299 in 30 game since returning from the disabled list.

Those Dodgers catchers against the Giants this season are 4-for-34 with a double and a walk, hitting just .118/.135/.147. Ellis is 1-for-8 against the Giants this year, but hasn't faced them since the weekend of the home opener in April. In his career against the Giants, Ellis is hitting .288/.404/.440 with three home runs, eight doubles and 24 walks in 45 games.