Dodgers @ Giants April 24, 2017: The rivalry resumes

Photo: Mike Petriello

Coming into the season, the NL West was expected to primarily be a race between the Dodgers and Giants. It’s still quite early, of course, but both of the favored teams have gotten off to slow starts. While the Dodgers (currently 9-10) have not looked very good, the Giants have somehow looked worse — and that was true even before they lost Madison Bumgarner for six to eight weeks. Through 19 games, the Giants are 6-13, last in the division and the worst in the National League.

Dodgers
Giants
7:15 p.m.
San Francisco
LF
Toles
RF
Pence
SS
Seager
1B
Belt
3B
Turner
LF
Núñez
C
Grandal
C
Posey
1B
González
SS
Crawford
RF
Puig
3B
Arroyo
2B
Utley 2B Panik
CF
Hernández
CF
Stubbs
P
Ryu (L)
P
Cain (R)

Today’s starting matchup features two pitchers who have somewhat struggled thus far. In three 2017 starts, Hyun-Jin Ryu has posted a 5.87 ERA, a 6.94 FIP, and a 1.500 WHIP; the Dodgers have lost all three games. Most alarmingly, Ryu’s allowed six home runs in just 15.1 innings pitched. Brim wrote about Ryu’s fastball problem following his last game, and it’s worth a read if you want to know what to be watching for tonight (you might also want to check out Chad’s post from earlier today on Kenta Maeda‘s fastball problem).

Matt Cain‘s ERA of 3.31 doesn’t look so bad, but his peripheral stats are less promising. In three starts, he has a 5.29 FIP and a 1.408 WHIP. In Cain’s most recent effort, he pitched seven innings of one-run ball against the Royals. In his prior two starts, though, he did not make it past the fifth inning.

The Giants lineup features two guys who were just called up today from Triple-A, Christian Arroyo and Drew Stubbs. Arroyo is the Giants’ 2013 first-round draft pick and their second-highest ranked prospect, per MLB.com (number one amongst position players). This will be his major league debut. Arroyo has primarily played at shortstop in the minors, but since that role is occupied by Brandon Crawford, he will instead start at third base.

With four games in San Francisco, it is highly likely that Sergio Romo will appear at some point, making it his first time pitching at AT&T Park in a Dodger uniform. Drama! (Shameless plug for my three-part series on Giants who became Dodgers: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3)

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After exiting yesterday’s game early with groin tightness, Joc Pederson is headed to the disabled list (and Brett Eibner is back):

Looking ahead, Julio Urías is now set to start Thursday instead of Maeda, per J.P. Hoornstra:

Maeda will instead be starting on Friday:

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler
Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She is now a reporter/producer for MLB.com. She earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.