The San Francisco Giants didn't win their first two sets, four-game and two-game affairs against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres respectively, but they did with their first set at home and their most recent overall, taking two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals. There was a lot to take from that series, which you can read up on a little with our series recap right here. Suffice to say that a lot of good things where shown, like their ability to win those close games and get hits from across their whole lineup. The caveat is that a lot of bad things were shown too, including more poor fielding and inconsistencies with the pitching staff, namely Barry Zito and Brian Wilson.
So that brief recap aside, we're not looking to three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. The Dodgers took three of four at the beginning of the season, but a sweep here can put the Giants ahead of them in that regard. Sure would feel sweet when it comes to their hated rivals. Either way, there's a lot of questions that need to be answered going into this series. Will the Giants just end up being better at home this year? Is Brian Wilson still hurt in some way? Are we in for more roller coaster wins or losses with ninth inning rallies?
Madison Bumgarner will be taking the mound in the first game on Monday, and he'll be facing the Dodgers' pitching ace, Clayton Kershaw. He's already beaten the Giants once this year, so it will be a stiff test for the young pitcher. They've got an ace of their own though, and that's Tim Lincecum, he should be taking the mound against Chad Billingsley in game two, while Jonathan Sanchez and Ted Lilly are set to duel it out in game three.
3 game series vs Dodgers @ AT&T Park
|Tue 04/12 - Chad Billingsley vs. Tim Lincecum||7:15 PM PDT|
|Wed 04/13 - Ted Lilly vs. Jonathan Sanchez||7:15 PM PDT|