May 2, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett (61) laughs on the pitching mound during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers Return Home For Important Series Versus Giants


Dodges Lineup vs. Giants-5-8-14

Gordon 2B
Puig RF
Hanley SS
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp CF
Crawford LF
Uribe 3B
Butera C
Beckett P

 

Ryan Vogelsong-1-1 vs. Josh Beckett-0-1

The Dodgers return home tonight to kick off a seven game home stand. They’ll play a huge four game series against the hated Giants, and then three with the Marlins before going back on the road again.

Tonight is inflatable chair night at Dodger Stadium. Everyone in attendance will get an inflatable plastic Dodger chair.

The Dodgers are also offering five dollar parking in lots 13 and 14. Those lots are located across the street from Stadium way, and adjacent to the fire department training center. This offer is being done on a trial basis, so not sure how long this will last. Check out Thinkbluela for a nice map of the area surrounding Dodger Stadium, so you can plan your trip accordingly. There will also be a free shuttle service running before the game.

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This series against the Giants is very important. The Dodgers only went 5-4 on this latest road trip, while the Giants and Rockies won eight out of eleven. This means the 19-16 Dodgers are in third place, behind the Giants and Colorado. The Dodgers need to take three out of four. A split at least is absolutely necessary.

Tonight the Dodgers will give the ball to veteran Josh Beckett. He’ll be countering Ryan Vogelsong who is pitching for the Giants. The Dodgers won’t have to ace Matt Cain in this series. Apparently he cut his finger making a sandwich, and had to be placed on the DL. But the Dodgers will have to face Vogelsong, who will face the Dodgers tonight.

 

Vogelsong has had a bit of a rough start this year. The 36-year old right hander is 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in si x starts. He’s given up 31 hits in 29 innings. His walks are up, and strikeouts down. He did beat Atlanta in his last start, tossing six frames of one run ball for the win. He is 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA against the Dodgers. And at Dodger Stadium, he has posted a 2-1 record, with a 4.22 ERA.

The Dodgers are hitting ,275 (39 for 142) against Vogelsong. Dee Gordon is 9 for 23 against Vogelsong, and Matt Kemp is 7 for 23 with three extra base hits.

 

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Matt Kemp

27

23

7

1

1

1

6

4

4

.304

.407

.565

Dee Gordon

24

23

9

0

1

0

1

1

0

.391

.417

.478

Andre Ethier

21

19

5

2

0

1

1

2

2

.263

.333

.526

Hanley Ramirez

19

17

2

0

0

0

3

1

3

.118

.211

.118

Juan Uribe

16

16

7

1

1

0

1

0

2

.438

.438

.625

Adrian Gonzalez

11

11

3

1

0

1

4

0

1

.273

.273

.636

Carl Crawford

9

9

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.222

.222

.222

Clayton Kershaw

9

9

1

0

0

0

1

0

4

.111

.111

.111

Miguel Olivo

5

5

3

2

0

0

2

0

0

.600

.600

1.000

Justin Turner

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Drew Butera

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Dan Haren

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Paul Maholm

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.000

.500

.000

J.P. Howell

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Scott Van Slyke

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Total

153

142

39

7

3

3

19

9

20

.275

.322

.430

 

For the Dodgers, Beckett has gotten off to a very strong start this year. He is 0-1 but has a 3.14 ERA. He’s whiffed 30 batters in 28 innings, and has walked just nine. That’s a 9.4 whiff per nine rate. Even more impressive is he has given up just 20 hits in those 28 frames.

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He lost his last decision against Miami over the weekend, but he pitched a lot better than the end result indicated. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits, in 6.2 innings. But he whiffed eight, and walked just one. Not to mention the bullpen gave away the game. That wasn’t Beckett’s fault. So far he has been great. He’s limiting base runners, throwing strikes, and is still able to get strike guys out.

Against the Giants, Beckett is 4-5 with a 3.43 ERA in ten starts. The current Giants are hitting .268 (22 for 82) with three home runs, and a.355 OBP. The guy to worry about is Hunter Pence. He’s batting .421 (8 for 19) with a home run against Beckett.

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Hunter Pence

19

19

8

0

0

1

2

0

4

.421

.421

.579

Angel Pagan

14

13

2

0

0

0

2

1

3

.154

.214

.154

Buster Posey

9

6

1

0

0

0

0

3

2

.167

.444

.167

Pablo Sandoval

9

8

1

0

0

1

2

1

0

.125

.222

.500

Mike Morse

8

7

3

0

0

1

1

0

1

.429

.500

.857

Brandon Crawford

7

6

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

.333

.429

.500

Brandon Belt

6

5

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.200

.333

.200

Tim Lincecum

6

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

.000

.250

.000

Hector Sanchez

6

6

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.333

.333

.333

Joaquin Arias

5

4

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

.250

.400

.250

Gregor Blanco

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.500

.500

.500

Brandon Hicks

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

.500

.000

Tim Hudson

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Total

95

82

22

1

0

3

8

10

18

.268

.355

.390

Here are the rest of the pitching match-ups for the Giants series. Friday night Madison Bumgarner-(3-3 3.18) vs. Paul Maholm (1-2 4.70) in a battle of left handers. Saturday night is still undecided for the Giants, but the Dodgers will be giving the ball to Zack Greinke (5-1 2.35). And the finale on Sunday afternoon will see Tim Hudson (4-2 1.99) battling Clayton Kershaw (2-0 0.66)

Thankfully we return to normal weather and start times tonight. Enjoy the normalcy guys. And if the club does lose, well then I guess we can’t blame it on the rain. We’ll just have to blame it on good ol’ fashioned crappy play. Hopefully the Dodgers will win, and then this topic becomes moot.

Oh and one more thing, Apparently A.J. will be taking over the Dodger twitter account during the game tonight. Now this is bound to be fun!

Game time – 7:10 PM

Go Blue!

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez Dee Gordon Hanley Ramirez Josh Beckett Los Angeles Dodgers Ryan Vogelsong Yasiel Puig