Giants @ Dodgers July 30, 2017: Ryu for the sweep

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For the first time in four series this season, the Dodgers (73-31) have a shot at sweeping the Giants (40-65). They’ve already won the series, something they haven’t done against San Francisco since last September. You have to go back even further, to August 31 – September 2 of 2015, to find the last time the Dodgers completed a sweep of their biggest rivals.

Giants
Dodgers
5:05 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
CF
Span
LF
Taylor
2B
Panik
SS
Seager
RF
Pence
3B
Turner
C
Posey
1B
Bellinger
SS
Crawford
2B
Forsythe
3B
Hwang
C
Barnes
1B
Belt CF Hernández
LF
Hernández
RF
Puig
P
Bumgarner (L)
P
Ryu (L)

Hyun-Jin Ryu (4.17 ERA, 4.89 FIP, 5.15 DRA) gets the ball for the Los Angeles, making his second start post-DL stint. His last time out, he pitched five innings of two-run ball against the Twins. This will be Ryu’s second time facing the Giants this year. In April, he allowed just one run in six innings to SF, but his efforts were for naught, as the Dodgers got shutout.

Madison Bumgarner (3.38 ERA, 3.63 FIP, 3.59 DRA) was not intended to pitch in this series, as Matt Cain was originally slated to start today. However, Bruce Bochy and the Giants made the somewhat last-minute call to start Bumgarner, so as to “keep him on his day.” Bumgarner made four starts this April before hitting the disabled list due to … well … his own idiocy, really, but the official diagnosis was bruised ribs and sprained left shoulder caused by a dirt biking accident. He has made three starts since returning, and has allowed eight runs in 18.1 IP. This will be his first time facing the Dodgers in 2017.

Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal, both of whom started against a lefty yesterday, get the day off against MadBum, with Enrique Hernández and Austin Barnes filling in.

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An update on Clayton Kershaw‘s plans:

In “old friend” news, Adrian Beltre notched his 3,000th career hit today:

Congrats, Adrian. Miss you.

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 now writes for The Hardball Times and FanGraphs. She recently 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.