Giants @ Dodgers August 22, 2012: Cain vs Capuano

August 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Posted in Game Threads, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Me, two days ago:

The last time the Dodgers saw the Giants, back at the end of July, they walked into San Francisco and swept them by a cumulative score of 19-3, drawing into a tie for first place and leaving fans with potentially the best feelings of the season. The time before that, the Dodgers scored exactly zero runs across three games while being outscored 13-0 in late June, adding insult to injury as Andre Ethier injured his oblique and was eventually lost to the disabled list. I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen in the series which starts tonight, but I think it’s safe to say that it’s going to be somewhere in between those two extremes.

Giants
Dodgers
CF
Pagan
LF
Victorino
2B
Scutaro
2B
M.Ellis
3B
Sandoval
CF
Kemp
C
Posey
RF
Ethier
RF
Pence
SS
Ramirez
SS
Arias
1B
Loney
1B
Belt
3B
Cruz
LF
Christian
C
A.Ellis
P
Cain
P
Capuano

Um, yeah. About that. The Dodgers limp into the series finale not only having relinquished first place, but having scored just two runs over the first two games as they’re now faced with the task of beating Matt Cain if they hope to avoid the sweep.

Pathetic though the Dodger offense has been lately, I can’t totally ignore the fact that they ran right into the teeth of the San Francisco rotation; facing Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum (when he’s right), and Cain back-to-back-to-back is a brutal ask for any team. Of course, it’s not going to get any easier should they make the playoffs, is it? It’s not as though staffs led by Johnny Cueto & Mat Latos or Jordan Zimmermann & Gio Gonzalez (even without Stephen Strasburg) are going to be pushovers, so the only option is to start hitting.

That starts with the slumping Matt Kemp, but it also has to come from  Andre Ethier and Shane Victorino, who has just a .299 OBP as a Dodger. You can’t count on A.J. Ellis & Luis Cruz to do everything, and while Hanley Ramirez has been effective, there’s little offense coming from the right side of the infield. Other than returning Mark Ellis to second base, tonight’s lineup is the same as it was last night. Let’s hope the result isn’t.

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