Series Match up of the Weekend: SF x LAD

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by: Justin Jones @jjones217

This weekend the San Fransisco Giants will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. This will be a three-game series featuring two teams battling for second place in a tight National League Central race. 

The likely pitchers in this matchup are Derek Holland vs. Ross Stripling on Friday evening, Madison Bumgarner vs. Alex Wood on Saturday, and Chris Stratton vs Caleb Ferguson. The Giants 8-5 over the last two weeks whereas the Dodgers have only dropped 2 of their last 11.

San Fransisco Giants

The Giants are tied with the second highest batting average in the major leagues hitting .262 this season. They do however struggle to get those hitters across the plate being 19th in runs scored. Over the past two weeks, Brandon Crawford and Andrew McCutchen have been on a tear hitting .425/.500/.750 and .327/.327/.714. The Giants have also suffered another blow with Evan Longoria headed to the disabled list due to a broken left hand.

The pitching staff for the Giants has been a rough spot. They are 22nd in the Majors in ERA and WHIP. This is partially due to the injury woes in the starting rotation. Things will hopefully get better for them as they have Madison Bumgarner back. The Giants bullpen has a WHIP of 1.33 which places them right in the middle of other major league teams.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers are currently 5th in runs scored with 327 runs scored this year. This year Matt Kemp has been a surprise for the Dodgers hitting .335 and leads the team in RBI's with 41. The offense has also gotten a boost with the return of Justin Turner last month. Corey Seager has been absent from the lineup and Chris Taylor has been putting up comparable numbers.

The pitching staff is tenth in ERA and WHIP in the majors. Aside from a few exceptions, the pitching for the Dodgers is good, not great. That's what makes the Clayton Kershaw injury not as much of a death nail for them. They have other pitchers they can depend on to get wins as the season goes on.

Key to Success 

The Giants will need a way to find some production from missing Evan Longoria to push them up. They will need good outings from their starters to slow down the Dodgers.

The Dodgers need to keep scoring runs. In the month of June, they have scored five or more runs in all but two games. The Pitching staff will need to take advantage of the Giants injuries and keep the Giants from scoring.

Final Thoughts

The Giants are looking to rebound from going 1-3 against the Miami Marlins and The Dodgers are looking to keep rolling through this series. This series has the potential to dramatically shake up the NL West standings.

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