Giants @ Dodgers Sept. 23, 2014: Runs will be rare in matchup of aces

It sucks to invest as much time with a game like last night only to have it end in a loss. The stress and the blood pressure-raising pitches and managerial decisions are enough to take years off one’s life. Tonight’s game probably won’t be any different (and it isn’t even a playoff game!).

Giants
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
Blanco
2B
Turner
2B
Panik
CF
Puig
C
Posey
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Sandoval
RF
Kemp
RF
Pence
SS
Ramirez
1B
Belt
LF
Van Slyke
SS
Crawford
3B
Uribe
LF
Perez
C
Ellis
P
Bumgarner (L)
P
Greinke (R)

On paper, this looks like a classic 1-0, 2-1 or 3-2 game with Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner facing off against one another. So, watch it be an 11-10 game, because baseball.

The Dodgers roll out their mostly right-handed lineup against the Giants’ ace, but it might not matter. Bumgarner has been lights out against the Dodgers in his career (11-4, 2.36 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 8.7 K/9), and he’s even better at Dodger Stadium (7-2, 1.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 7.8 K/9). The Dodgers have a tough task ahead of them after only mustering two runs off Jake Peavy (and all the Giant pitchers) last night.

Dee Gordon is getting an expected and appropriate day off after his horrific defensive game last night. Justin Turner draws the start at second base. Naturally, Scott Van Slyke is in for Carl Crawford in left field.

Greinke is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his career against the Giants, and the Dodgers could sure use a great and long outing from Greinke, seeing as the bullpen has been used quite liberally the last few days (see the chart at the end). Let’s just hope Brian Wilson and Chris Perez don’t see action tonight.

Not much else to report. The Dodgers’ magic number is three and they’re up be 3 1/2 games. I really shouldn’t be this nervous and antsy for this game, but I am. The Giant factor definitely plays into it. After last night’s really good game (overall, as a baseball fan), tonight’s game has a lot to live up to.

The game is on KDOC again, for those of you who get the network. It’s also an ESPN broadcast, and in theory it’s not supposed to be blacked out in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, though that hasn’t always proven true when it’s been said in the past. If it is, I’ll be stuck with the mind-numbingly bad Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow. Joy.

ThrowsRelieverSat 10/15Sun 10/16Mon 10/17Tue 10/18Wed 10/19Thur 10/20Fri 10/21
LAvilan--OFF-2421OFF
RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.