Embed from Getty Images The Dodgers face off against the Giants tonight at Dodgers Stadium. The three game series kicks off with Brett Anderson on the mound. The Giants have Tim Lincecum getting the start. The Dodgers are coming off a loss in San Diego despite winning the three game series. Prior to that, the Boys in Blue suffered a three game sweep in San Francisco and the fans are hoping for at least one win against the Giants tonight.
Anderson opened the series in San Francisco and was a hapless victims to the BABIP gods in the four innings he pitched. No really, his BABIP was .474, that becomes more impressive once you realize his groundball rate was 66.7%. Of course, the loss was not on bad luck, it was also attributed to weak offense. Throughout the entire series in San Francisco, it seemed that the team left their bats in Southern California. While two of his last three starts have not been promising, Steamer ROS projections have finishing the season with a 3.51 FIP. Of course that is not elite, but it is a respectable “end of rotation” FIP. The Dodgers need to win, for Anderon’s sake.
Despite being in last place, the Giants are still a dangerous team. If they remain out of playoff contention at the end of the season, they have the potential to derail a Dodgers playoff run. Ignoring a loss against the Rockies, Lincecum has pitched considerably well. Unfortunately for Lincecum, his 3.39 FIP and 3.63 xFIP are more telling than his 2.00 ERA. Furthermore, Steamer’s ROS projections do not bode well for Lincecum. Projected to finish with a 4.17 FIP, Lincecum is due for a fall from grace. Hopefully, for the Dodgers, the decline begins tonight.
The Dodgers take the field tonight at 7:10 PM. You can watch the game on Sportsnet LA. If you are not a TWC customer, you can listen to the game on AM570.