The Dodgers take their winning streak on the road, beginning with a series against the Giants up at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Dodgers have been especially tough on opposing starting pitchers, with Tim Lincecum up next in the opener.
Opposing starting pitchers have three quality starts against the Dodgers in 12 games this season, and none since Archie Bradley pitched six scoreless innings to beat them on April 11 in Arizona. That was the Dodgers' last loss, and only two opposing starters have lasted six innings in the seven games since.
Against the Dodgers, starting pitchers in 2015 have a 5.77 ERA in 12 games, averaging 5⅓ innings and 93 pitches per start, with 60 strikeouts and 35 walks in 64 innings.
"The quality of our at-bats have been really good," manager Don Mattingly said last week. "It's what we talked about wanting, just make the guy fight for his outs. Just keep putting quality at-bats up, and good things will happen for us."
Lincecum has a 4.70 ERA and 4.04 FIP since the start of 2012, but even during his descent into irrelevance still managed to stymie the Dodgers, at least until last season. Through 2013, Lincecum was 9-6 with a 2.91 ERA in his career against the Dodgers, but in 2014 they got to him, scoring 12 runs on 21 hits in 12⅓ innings.
So far in 2015 Lincecum has a 2.25 ERA in two starts, with nine strikeouts in 12 innings, but he is also averaging just 88.58 mph on his four-seam fastball, per Brooks Baseball, by far the lowest of his career.
Brett Anderson gets the call for the Dodgers, the former Athletics pitcher who makes his return to the Bay Area.
Back in the Bay Area...always feels weird/familiar.— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35) April 21, 2015
Anderson has pitched 45.8-percent of his career innings in the Bay Area, with 219 innings coming in Oakland. Anderson is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA in three career starts in AT&T Park, though six of his seven runs allowed in San Francisco came as a rookie in 2009.
The Dodgers have won three of their last five series in San Francisco and have captured six of their last seven games at AT&T Park.
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