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7/25 Gamethread: Giants at Dodgers

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San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Third time’s the charm, right?

After two games, the San Francisco Giants could not look worse. They’re 0-2, and have been outscored 17-2 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But every game starts with a fresh scoreboard, so maybe a win is waiting today. Or maybe not. We’ll find out.


Game #3

Who: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
When: 1:10 p.m. PT
Regional broadcast: None
National broadcast: Fox (available on fuboTV)
Radio: KNBR 680 AM/104.5 FM


Lineups

The Giants are facing their first left-handed starting pitcher of the year, so we get to see some faces we haven’t seen yet, and the Giants are opting to put eight right-handed batters in the lineup.

They could put nine, but that would require putting Donovan Solano at shortstop, and Mauricio Dubón in center field, and that’s perhaps not a defensive gamble they want to make, especially given how well Mike Yastrzemski hit lefties a year ago.

So here’s Gabe Kapler’s lineup, with last year’s stats (this year’s performance, when applicable, in parenthesis).

  1. LF — Austin Slater (R) — .238/.333/.417, 100 wRC+
  2. 3B — Donovan Solano (R) — .330/.360/.456, 116 wRC+ (0-1)
  3. 2B — Wilmer Flores (R) — .317/.361/.487, 120 wRC+ (3-8)
  4. 1B — Darin Ruf (R) — N/A
  5. DH — Hunter Pence (R) — .297/.358/.552, 128 wRC+ (0-4)
  6. CF — Mike Yastrzemski (L) — .272/.334/.518, 121 wRC+ (2-7)
  7. RF — Jaylin Davis (R) — .167/.255/.238, 39 wRC+ (47 PAs) (1-3)
  8. SS — Mauricio Dubón (R) — .274/.306/.434, 95 wRC+ (0-6)
  9. C — Tyler Heineman (S) — .273/.273/.636 (12 PAs) (2-3)
    RHP — Logan Webb — 5.22 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 37 Ks and 14 BBs in 39.2 IP

And Dave Roberts’ still-terrifying lineup:

  1. 1B — Max Muncy (L) — .251/..374/.515, 134 wRC+ (4-8)
  2. RF — Mookie Betts (R) — .295/.391/.524, 135 wRC+ (2-11)
  3. CF — Cody Bellinger (L) — .305/.406/.629, 162 wRC+ (1-8)
  4. 3B — Justin Turner (R) — .290/.372/.509, 132 wRC+ (3-8)
  5. SS — Corey Seager (L) — .272/.335/.483, 113 wRC+ (4-9)
  6. DH — Chris Taylor (R) — .262/.333/.462, 107 wRC+ (2-5)
  7. LF — Joc Pederson (L) — .249/.339/.538, 127 wRC+ (2-6)
  8. 2B — Kiké Hernández (R) — .237/.304/.411, 88 wRC+ (5-10)
  9. C — Austin Barnes (R) — .203/.293/.340, 68 wRC+ (1-5)
    LHP — Alex Wood — 5.80 ERA, 6.38 FIP, 30 Ks and 9 BBs in 35.2 IP

Notes

Gamesmanship: Kapler has been releasing his lineup a lot later than Roberts, and the Dodgers’ skipper chalks that up to gamesmanship.

Trouble in paradise: Despite what it may look like, the season has not gone perfectly for the Giants. Kevin Gausman — who pitched in relief in Friday’s loss — doesn’t seem happy about the non-traditional approach that the team is taking to pitcher use.


Enjoy the game, everyone. If that’s possible.