04/16/2014 07:50 PM
LA Dodgers/San Francisco over 4.5 -110:
It took a little longer than most preferred, but last night's 3-2 12 inning win by the Giants (9-5) over the Dodgers (9-5) provided plenty of rivalry drama as well as 2 starters who went toe to toe in an otherwise advertised pitcher's dual. Hector Sanchez's game winning RBI single sent most of the 42,469 folks home happy, as Brandon League suffered his first loss of the season. Tonight in game 2 we think both clubs will provide a little more offense despite the venue favoring perhaps another standoff between opposing starters.
The leash can only be so long for reeling Ryan Vogelsong (0-0 8.00) who is coming off a second straight rough outing despite enough offensive support to avoid his first charged loss. Last week he yielded 4 runs on 7 hits in 5 IP as the Giants eventually lost 6-5 in 10 innings to Arizona. Vogelsong has allowed 9 ER in as many innings on 14 H as Bruce Bochy may need to consider reshuffling the rotation sooner than later. Tonight he faces an LA Dodger lineup who despite batting just .255 collectively has shown some balance in power belting out 16 HR averaging nearly 4.6 runs per contest. Juan Uribe is off to a hot April (.379 2 6) leading LA in batting and doubles. Dee Gordon (.372 1 5) has proved he can play at the MLB level while Don Mattingly considers him as an eventual full-timer down the line. Adrian Gonzalez (.273 5 14) who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, has also made a big difference out of the gate and could play a determining role in September determining the postseason.
Countering Vogelsong is Paul Maholm (0-1 8.10) who got tattooed for 5 runs on 7 hits in just 4.3 IP in a 7-2 loss to these same Giants last weekend. While Maholm could cause considerable rotation in the Dodgers starting pitching, Mattingly may be in a position to favor Josh Beckett though remains versatile to change. San Francisco is hitting just .252 overall but have crushed 17 HR led by Brandon Belt (.298 5 10) who has considerably cooled off after a torrid start a week in. Angel Pagan (.386 1 10) is on a 9 game hitting streak with an OBP well over .500 along with a .644 SLP. Michael Morse (.333 2 10) hasn't missed a beat since his days in Washington appearing more comfortable than ever back in the NL. Buster Posey (.277 3 7) looks as if he's spending some time at first base alternating at catcher, however the split time doesn't seem to be affecting his production thus far. This already overachieving lineup could get even more scarier when Pablo Sandoval (.164) and Hunter Pence (.193) can figure out their issues, though the latter is 7 for his last 21 (.333) and showing slow but encouraging signs.
While the line is virtually a run higher than expected and the total climbing well into the afternoon, the price still seems right to take a shot despite AT&T Park providing dimensions starters dream of especially in deep left and left center field. With both pitchers looking for a quality start, the offenses will probably make the most of their opportunities early especially given the sloppy defense and the short porch of McCovey's cove in right field. Given both bullpens are in desperate need for limited activity, this matchup could come down to who can provide the most efficiency throughout the first half coupled with supporting offense. Best of luck however you play!