It sure looked like the Dodgers were going to run away with last night’s game after Chris Taylor and Alex Verdugo jacked a couple of bombs in the fifth inning last night, but the Giants’ stingy pitching held up.
Tonight, their ace, the pitcher with the most outwardly stingy persona, takes the mound against a Dodgers’ lineup that’s not really all that bothered by him at this point.
Enrique Hernández is 19-for39 with 4 home runs, 5 doubles, and a walk for his career against Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner is the pitcher he’s faced the most in his career. He’s only #17 on Bumgarner’s list of most-faced hitters (Paul Goldschmidt is #1 with 78 PA).
Bumgarner has faced new Dodger A.J. Pollock 63 times and has struck him out nine times, but he’s also given up three home runs, four doubles, and a triple to go with three walks (.818 OPS). Justin Turner is ahead of Pollock (#4) and also has four home runs.
Could be a long night, but Bumgarner looked decent in his season debut against the Padres on Thursday. They started to get to him in the sixth and seventh innings (check out the Statcast gameday feed), but Bumgarner featured five fastballs of at least 92 mph — that’s a lot better than where he ended last season.
The Giants will face a familiar nemesis in Hyun-Jin Ryu. In 15 starts (81.2 IP), Ryu has an ERA of 2.98 and a 58:20 strikeouts to walk ratio. He’s surrendered a grand total of five home runs to Giants hitters, too. Can you name them? Are any of them in tonight’s lineup?
Yes, Buster Posey has one of them. Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford both have one apiece. And Nick Hundley got him, too. The fifth Giant to homer off of Ryu took me long enough to delay getting this post up.
Tony Abreu in 2013.