Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.96) vs. Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.25).
Big faceoff today between each team's leader in wins. The Dodgers are coming off of a series (and roadtrip) split in San Diego that seemed like a potential momentum shifter for the season, what with Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez mashing, Juan Uribe not totally sucking, Andre Ethier at least doing some servicable fielding, Skip Schumaker not grounding into double plays*, Kenley Jansen saving, and Brandon League making an appearance but not losing the whole frickin' game for us. Could this finally be the type of clicking which we had expected to see sometime in the first 70 games or so? And why the hell might it have taken so long to get here, Don? HUH? But I digress.
The Giants just dropped three of four games to the woeful Miami Marlins in which they were outscored 16-8. Bumgarner had three wins to start off the season, then went 1-4 over his next nine games, before winning his last three games again. Bumgarner leads the team in not only wins but also ERA and Ks (97), and with Matt Cain's volatility and Tim Lincecum's struggles, this game is a critical one for the Giants (the Giants haven't named a starter for tomorrow's game, but we get Lincecum on Wednesday). The Giants have lost six of their last nine and are just a game over .500, after being as many as seven games over breakeven earlier this season.
(*) Oh, and here's a fun stat for you. Despite the 2013 Dodgers' penchant for GIDP, I was actually pleasantly surprised to see that no Dodger players were in the top 10 in the National League: Matt Kemp leads the team with 8, and the recently-released Ramon Hernandez will leave tied for 38th with 6 GIDPs. Meanwhile, the Giants' Pablo Sandoval is third in the NL with 12 GIDPs; SF also has Marco Scutaro tied at 18th (along with Kemp) with 8 GIDPs, and rounding out the top 40 is Hunter Pence (T-29) with 7 and Oyster Pubes (T-38) with 6. Wow, that's a lot of players grounding into double plays on that Giants team!
In fact, the Giants have as many GIDPs as the Dodgers (67, sixth-worst in MLB). Maybe the Giants can sneak ahead of the Dodgers in this category, starting tonight!