Opening day was not quite as good as the San Francisco Giants probably hoped it would be. They had the deck stacked against them though. Matt Cain pitched great but ran up against a dominant Clayton Kershaw who had everything working for him all game long. The difference in game two is the pitching match-up favors the Giants.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have the Korean native Hyun-Jin Ryu making his major league debut in the second game. It won’t be easy for Ryu against a good Giants line-up that is aching for redemption after game one. The biggest plus for the Giants is Madison Bumgarner, their starter for game two.
Bumgarner might not be quite as dominant overall as Cain has been but he is certainly very close. Perhaps most importantly, he has pitched very well against the Dodgers. He is 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA against the boys in blue for his career. I think Ryu might have a decent showing for his first game but by the second or third time through the order, the Giants will get to him.
They will stick close with Bumgarner’s solid pitching and pull away later in the game when Ryu comes out. It might not be a wild prediction but call it a good feeling for the Giants. I think they will walk away with an even series and season record after defeating the Dodgers tonight.