The Los Angeles Dodgers enter the final stretch of their nine-game road trip Friday and will face the San Francisco Giants for the first time since May.
Manager Don Mattingly set his rotation so that his best pitchers — Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu — would start in the three-game series, in that order.
While Greinke will be in the thick of the series, he admitted to not having a full understanding of the rivalry and history between the two teams, via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
I don’t think any game is bigger than any other,” Greinke said. “Maybe I haven’t been here long enough (to get a feel for the rivalry). I’ve only pitched against them two or three times (as a Dodger).
Andre Ethier and Mattingly had a different take on playing the Giants, however Mattingly also stated the series wouldn’t define the season, which Greinke echoed:
If we lose all three, it’s not like the season is over. If we win all three, it’s not over either.”
The Dodgers trail the Giants by 1.5 games in the National League West standings and can move into first place with a three-game sweep. Despite sending their best starters to the mound, it would be a tall order for the Dodgers to complete as they’ve lost seven of 10 to the Giants this season.
Greinke has two starts against the Giants this season and three in his career as a Dodger. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in the outings and the Dodgers have won all three games.
Greinke previously faced the Giants once more, in 2012 while he was with the Milwaukee Brewers — he threw six innings and took home a no-decision in a Brewers win.
Although he may not be fully acquainted with the rivalry, Greinke will get an up close look Friday as he makes his first start at AT&T Park as a Dodger.
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