The best thing for a San Francisco Giants team coming off a loss is to face and beat the LA Dodgers. It's great for the team, it's great for the fans, and that's what they'll be looking to do on Friday night, after a Thursday shutout loss to the Florida Marlins. The Giants host the Dodgers for another three-game series at AT&T park.
The Giants will be trotting out Tim Lincecum, looking for his eleventh win after not getting a decision in his last two outings. The last time he pitched against the Dodgers, they burned him for five runs in less than five innings. Even taking that into account, he still boasts a 4-1 record against LA with an ERA of 3.45 in eight starts.
Rookie Buster Posey had his hitting streak snapped Thursday night, settling in second all-time for a Giants rookie with 21 games. Posey (hitting an NL-best .427 in July) has been nonchalant about the streak, saying he's always concentrated on winning and not the streak specifically. It's a good thing to focus on, as it seems to be working out for the team, who, despite Thursday's shutout, has been pulling off a good string of wins in both close and dominating fashion.
Los Angeles will trot out righty Carlos Monasterios, who is 3-2 on the year with an ERA of 3.30. Los Angeles has won six games of nine against the Giants this season.
3 game series vs Dodgers @ AT&T Park
|Sat 07/31 - Chad Billingsley vs. Barry Zito
|1:10 PM PDT
|Sun 08/01 - Clayton Kershaw vs. Matt Cain
|5:00 PM PDT