After losing at home to San Diego in extra innings, the San Francisco Giants are 1-5-2 in series this season and are 2-4 against the Padres who were regarded as the worst team in the major leagues.
If that was not bad enough, San Francisco to travel to SoCal to take on the hated Dodgers and in the opening game that face some dude named Kershaw. Los Angeles comes in on a four-game win streak and has to being feeling pretty spry.
With Madison Bumgarner nursing a bum shoulder, Johnny Cueto (3-1) becomes the ace of the Giants staff and he’s not looked like it with a 5.10 ERA and opposing batters hitting .271 against him. (.240 is career average) By all appearances there is no health issue, Cueto has just been serving up too many pitches that are hittable and been getting tagged. Going up against a Dodgers batting order that averages 5.0 RPG versus right-handed pitchers, this could be an issue. Cueto is 5-6, with a 2.86 ERA vs. L.A.
After suffering what Clayton Kershaw (4-1) said was a “minor calf” injury, he was given an extra day between starts by manager Dave Roberts to make this start. After awhile it is difficult to keep coming up with superlatives to say about Kershaw, so instead we will just report the great numbers. The best pitcher in the sport has 2.29 ERA, WHIP of 0.79 and has struck out 39 while walking just three. The lefty is 19-8 with a silly 1.57 ERA vs. San Fran.