Dodgers @ Giants April 10, 2016: Kazmir vs. Cueto in series finale

Sunday’s series finale at AT&T Park will feature a matchup between Scott Kazmir and Johnny Cueto. Both pitchers were signed as free agents in the offseason and are coming off of solid season debuts.

Dodgers
Giants
1:05 p.m. PT
San Francisco
2B
Utley
CF
Span
SS
Seager
2B
Panik
3B
Turner
C
Posey
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Pence
RF
Puig
1B
Belt
CF
Pederson
3B
Duffy
LF
Thompson
SS
Crawford
C
Barnes
P
Cueto (P)
P
Kazmir (L)
LF
Pagan

Kazmir is 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA in two career games vs. the Giants both at AT&T Park. He picked up his first win as a Dodger in San Diego and only allowed one hit over six innings with five strikeouts and no walks on 75 pitches. Brandon Belt, whose $72.8 million contract extension was announced by the Giants on Saturday during the rain delay, has hit two home runs in six at-bats against Kazmir.

Cueto pitched seven innings and made 96 pitches vs. Milwaukee in his first start for San Francisco. He allowed one run on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks for the win. He is 2-5 against the Dodgers with a 2.79 ERA over eight career starts. Chase Utley has hit well against Cueto, and he has 10 hits including two home runs against the right-hander.

Even though the Dodgers went 2-for-21 with runners in scoring position, they pulled off a 10-inning 3-2 victory on Saturday after battling the rain and Madison Bumgarner. After sweeping the Padres in three consecutive shutout games to begin the season, a series split in San Francisco would allow them to return home to L.A. with a successful 5-2 road trip.

But first they will have to not only find success against Cueto and the Giants, but they will need to stay healthy and on the field. The Dodgers exhausted all of their position players during the comeback win on Saturday. Carl Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will undergo an MRI on his lower back Monday in Los Angeles. Scott Van Slyke also aggravated a back injury early in the game, and Chris Hatcher subsequently slipped on the wet mound in the ninth inning of Saturday’s rain soaked contest.

In a move to pickup some depth in light of the recent injuries to Crawford and Van Slyke, the Dodgers have acquired infielder-outfielder Zach Walters and outfielder James Ramsey from the Indians in exchange for cash considerations. Both were designated for assignment by Cleveland prior to Opening Day.

Andre Ethier and Josh Ravin have been moved to the 60-day disabled list. Walters and Ramsey have been added to the Dodger 40-man roster and optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Walters, 26, has played 82 games and hit 10 home runs at the major league level. He has seen time at second base, third base, shortstop as well as left and right field. The switch-hitter had a line of .249/.310/.416 with 10 home runs in Triple-A last year.

Ramsey, 26, former first-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2012, can play all three outfield positions. He hit .243/.327/.382 with 12 home runs in 126 games for Triple-A Columbus last season.

We are only on game 7 but have already been reminded how fickle baseball can be. One Kelby Tomlinson bobble at second base or Charlie Culberson go-ahead hit in the 10th inning, and you’re right back in the game.

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About Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler
Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the co-editor of Lasorda's Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation, Dodger Blue 1958 and The Hardball Times. She currently contributes to True Blue LA. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.