The Los Angeles Dodgers proved why they are the top team in the NL West Monday night at Dodger Stadium, while the San Francisco Giants simply looked like the Fresno Grizzlies on a serious off day. But now the Black and Orange send out their winless starter Ryan Vogelsong to the mound, facing off against 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.
Vogelsong (0-2, 3.42) has been solid but hasn't had anything to show for it, pitching at least six innings in all four of his starts, three of them quality starts, though still remains winless. He only has one career start at Dodger Stadium along with three releif apperances, owning a 6.52 ERA at Chavez Ravine.
As for Kershaw (2-0, 2.63), his dominance of the Giants is well documented, going 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA last year against San Francisco, and is 6-1 lifetime in with a 1.25 ERA in 11 starts against them. He also went 12-1 with a 1.07 ERA at Dodger Stadium last year, more good news for the Giants.
Matt Kemp continues his tear through the start of the season, going 3-3 last night to bump himself back to a .406 batting average. The Giants have an active Aubrey Huff on the roster, wheter we will see him is still yet to be determined, but I'd say he'll get some action this series.
Angel Pagan's 20-game hit streak ended last night, though Joaquin Arias is 7-21 (.333) at the plate over the last week, including a 3-4 game last night with some great glove work to boot. That does not bode well for Brandon Crawford getting playing time.
First pitch is set for 7:10 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
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