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Series Preview: The Los Angeles Dodgers vs. The San Francisco Giants

It is one of the most historic, intense rivals in sports.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants have fought on the diamond since 1890. They have played important games throughout the years, even a world series.

This weekend’s series is not the world series, but it is one of the more crucial face-offs between the two. Coming into the weekend, the Dodgers are three games behind the Giants and in second place. A good result could propel them straight to a hotly contested race heading into November. A bad one though will push them further back in the standings and continue what has been a bad start to the second half. The Dodgers dropped three games to one in their previous series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

In their last series the Giants invaded Dodger Stadium, and swept the home team in three games. All three victories were by two runs or more. In the season, the Giants lead only four games to two, as the Dodgers won the first series.

Two pitchers that threw in the last series will be on the mound again for San Francisco. Barry Zito tossed seven innings of scoreless baseball in rout to an 8-0 win. Ryan Vogelsong  matched the performance, he also pitched seven innings of no run baseball. The new pitcher in the series will be Matt Cain, who has not pitched against the team in blue this season.

The Dodgers will throw Stephen Fife. Also pitching for LA will be Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw . In their games the offense was non-existent. In fact, the Dodgers did not score a single run in the entire three days. They tried to keep their team in the game by only allowing three and two runs respectively, but even that was too much.

Pitching Probables

Friday (7:15 PT)

Stephen Fife (0-0) vs. Matt Cain (10-3)

Saturday (1:05 PT)

Chad Billingsley (5-9) vs. Barry Zito (8-6)

Sunday  (1:05 PT)

Clayton Kershaw (8-4) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (7-6)

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