Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke (21) reacts in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 6-2.-Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Greinke And Dodgers Take On The Evil Giants Who Are Looking To Play Spoiler


Dodgers Lineup vs. Giants

Puig 9
Crawford 7
Hanley 6
Gonzalez 3
Ethier 8
Uribe 5
A.J. Ellis 2
M.Ellis 4
Greinke 1

Matt Cain-8-9 vs. Zack Greinke-14-3

 

The evil San Francisco Giants come into Dodger Stadium for the final time this year, to kick off a four game series that will end the home stand for the Dodgers. Last night, the Dodgers punted away the final game of the three game series to the Snakes, as the slithery ones avoided a sweep.

Tonight the last place Giants, who are already eliminated from Postseason contention by the by will come into Chavez Ravine with a 66-80 record, looking to play the role of spoiler. Even though the division is just about wrapped up anyways. There’s nothing for the Giants to spoil. The only thing that is spoiled is the Giant’s lousy season. It’s almost shocking how bad the defending champions have been this season, but no matter how you dissect it it’s wonderful.

The once vaunted pitching staff of the Giants is tired from two World Series runs in three years. The San Francisco pitching staff ranks 21 in MLB, (4.05 ERA). In comparison, the Dodgers rank second in all of Baseball in pitching with a 3.21 staff ERA. With a weakened pitching staff, the offense would need to pick up the slack, but instead the Giant’s offense has been punchless, and they rank 29 in MLB in home runs.

Enough about the Giants, they suck anyways. The Dodgers are in first place and their magic number to clinch the NL West is 6. The Dodgers are looking to reduce that number tonight with a win. Although Don Mattingly has decided he doesn’t care at all about securing home field advantage, but I care, and the Dodgers should too. That doesn’t mean the team should just give up these 17 remaining games. The Dodgers are a mediocre 5-5 in September, and last night’s ohfer-fest is a reason why. If the Dodgers don’t start hitting then they’ll have to start the division series on the road. One more push could get the Dodgers past the Braves for the best record in the National League. The Braves aren’t playing well right now either.

They’ll have to hit San Francisco starter Matt Cain. The big right hander is having a down year. He is 8-9 with a 4.37 ERA, and has allowed as many home runs, (21) as he did all of last season. Looking at his numbers, it appears he’s had a lot of bad starts, but he hasn’t been that bad. The big problems for him this season appear to be the home runs allowed, and more walks this year. His walk per nine rate rose from 2.1 in 2012, to 2.8 this season.

Aug 17, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) sits in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 17, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) sits in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Cain is 1-1 with a no-decision against the Dodgers this season. After losing to Clayton Kershaw on opening day, he beat the Dodgers back on may fifth in San Francisco. Then the Dodgers got their revenge and beat him badly on July 5. While Cain is 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 12 starts at Dodger Stadium with a 1.3 WHIP, overall versus the Dodgers he is 5-9 with a 3.58 ERA in 26 starts.

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

Adrian Gonzalez

74

64

20

4

1

4

13

9

16

.313

.392

Andre Ethier

72

65

29

4

1

1

5

5

9

.446

.472

Hanley Ramirez

42

37

10

2

0

1

4

4

7

.270

.357

Mark Ellis

28

26

8

2

0

0

1

1

3

.308

.357

Skip Schumaker

25

23

4

0

0

0

2

2

2

.174

.240

A.J. Ellis

18

16

5

1

0

0

1

1

0

.313

.353

Jerry Hairston

17

14

4

2

0

0

3

3

2

.286

.412

Michael Young

12

11

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.091

.167

Ricky Nolasco

11

9

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

.111

.111

Carl Crawford

8

7

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

.286

.375

Clayton Kershaw

8

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

.000

.000

Juan Uribe

8

7

3

1

1

0

5

1

2

.429

.500

Chris Capuano

4

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.333

.333

Nick Punto

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

Stephen Fife

3

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

.333

.333

Dee Gordon

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

.333

Hyun-jin Ryu

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

.000

.000

Yasiel Puig

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.500

.500

Total

342

304

90

18

3

6

34

29

56

.296

.358

The Dodgers will counter with the red-hot Zack Greinke. The birdman has won ehis last eight decisions, and posted a 1,59 ERA during that span. This hot streak could even sneak Greinke into the cy young consideration. It would be a long-shot against his teammate Clayton Kershaw, but you can’t deny how good he has been.

Greinke is 14-3 with a 2.79 ERA, and a 1.15 WHIP. Greinke whiffed nine in his last start at Cincinnati, and is looking to keep up his momentum. Greinke is dominating at Dodger Stadium, with a 9-1 record, and a 2.16 ERA.

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Marco Scutaro

23

21

8

4

0

0

4

1

2

.381

.435

.571

1.006

Hunter Pence

7

7

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.143

.143

.143

.286

Joaquin Arias

5

5

2

1

0

0

1

0

1

.400

.400

.600

1.000

Brandon Belt

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.500

.667

.500

1.167

Gregor Blanco

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

.000

Angel Pagan

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.333

.333

.333

.667

Buster Posey

3

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

.333

.333

.333

.667

Tim Lincecum

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

.000

Total

48

45

14

5

0

0

6

2

6

.311

.354

.422

.776

The magic number is 6. Let’s keep reducing that number and beat the Giants please. The division crown is so close, I can almost taste the champagne. Tonight is the final bobble head night, as all fans in attendance will receive the Magic Johnson Bobble head.

Game time- 7:10 PM

TV- Prime Ticket

Tags: A.J. Ellis Adrian Gonzalez Andre Ethier Don Mattingly Hanley Ramirez Juan Uribe Los Angeles Dodgers Mark Ellis Yasiel Puig Zack Greinke