The Dodgers have lost four of their last five and need more production
from their entire lineup, including shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who is
mired in a 6-for-47 slump and has seen his batting average plummet to
.197. Manager Don Mattingly shook up his lineup Friday and had Yasiel
Puig in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, but he went
0-for-5 in the Dodgers’ 9-5 loss. San Francisco’s outfield received a
boost Friday with the return of Gregor Blanco, who missed nine days due
to a concussion. With Hunter Pence (wrist) expected to miss at least
another two weeks, Blanco will platoon with Justin Maxwell in right
field and serve as Angel Pagan’s primary backup in center.
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LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Dodgers as -142 faves, but have since adjusted that number to -150.
INJURY REPORT: Giants – M. Scutaro, H. Pence, J. Peavy, M. Cain. Dodgers – C. Hatcher, J. Peralta, P. Rodriguez, P. Baez, B. League, C. Crawford, H. Ryu, B. McCarthy, B. Beachy.
HOT FAN WAR:
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Tim Hudson (4-6, 4.65 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Carlos Frias (4-4, 4.14)
has failed to pitch past the fifth inning in each of his last two
starts, including last Monday when he yielded three runs over five
frames in a 5-1 loss to Seattle. The 17-year veteran is 7-6 with a 3.80
ERA in 18 career starts against the Dodgers, including 6 1/3 scoreless
innings in the Giants’ 2-0 victory on May 19. Adrian Gonzalez is
10-for-29 with two home runs against Hudson while Puig is 5-for-11 with
Frias is looking to bounce back from a rough outing
against Texas last Monday, when he allowed four runs on five hits over 5
1/3 innings. The 25-year-old is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA in three career
games (one start) against the Giants, including six innings of one-run
ball on May 19. Frias has issued 17 walks in 54 1/3 innings, including
seven over his last three outings.
*Giants are 5-2 in Hudsons last 7 road starts.
*Over is 6-1 in Giants last 7 games following a win.
*Giants are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
*Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.