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Dodgers counting on Big 3 against Giants

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Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers have lined up their starting rotation so that their best three starters — Hyun-jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw — will start in both remaining series against the Giants, including this weekend in San Francisco. In fact, if all goes according to plan the trio will start 11 of the final 16 games, and with good reason.

The Dodgers are 51-26 (.662) in games started by those three, and 32-37 (.464) in all other games.

The trio ranks first, sixth and 15th in the National League in ERA. They are first, fifth and 14th in ERA+; first, second and seventh in FIP; first, third and fifth in xFIP; they are first, third and fifth in SIERA; first, sixth and seventh in strikeout-to-walk ratio; and first, fourth and seventh in K-BB%.

The Dodgers are 6-7 against the Giants this season, though they are 6-2 in games against the Giants started by Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu. That trio, which won all three games in a sweep in San Francisco the last time these two teams met, has a 2.82 ERA, 54 strikeouts and 10 walks in 51 innings.

By the same token, the Giants are 3-1 against the Dodgers in games started by Madison Bumgarner (2-1) and Tim Hudson (1-0) this season, with those two putting up a 2.55 ERA in 24⅔ innings. Here is a look at the pitching matchups this weekend at AT&T Park.

Friday, 7:15 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)

The matchup of the series comes in the series opener, with a pair of lefties facing off. Ryu is 4-1 with a 2.76 ERA in five career starts in San Francisco, including two runs and three total runs allowed in 13 innings this season. Bumgarner won National League Pitcher of the Month in August with a 1.57 ERA, 56 strikeouts and only three walks in 46 innings. He won his first start of September too, allowing three runs in six innings on Saturday in Detroit, but also struck out none for the first time in his career.

Saturday, 6:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA)

Since joining the Dodgers, Greinke is 3-0 with a 1,73 in four starts against the Giants, with all three wins coming this season. His one start at AT&T Park as a Dodger saw him pitch seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts on July 25. Hudson was 7-2 with a 1.81 ERA as late as June 12, but in his last 15 starts he is 2-8 with a 4.43 ERA. He allowed two runs in six innings in a no-decision at Dodger Stadium on May 11.

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA)

Kershaw in 10 career starts at AT&T Park has allowed seven runs, and never more than two in a game. He shutout the Giants there on July 26, and three of his nine career shutouts have come in San Francisco. Yusmeiro Petit hasn't started against the Dodgers this season, but he has retired all nine Dodgers he faced in low-leverage relief, with four strikeouts. Petit has been on fire of late, setting a major league record with 46 consecutive batters retired in August, and had an 84-pitch complete game win on Tuesday. He also has 41 strikeouts since his last unintentional walk, which came on July 22.