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Giants vs. Dodgers stat pack

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Giants vs. Dodgers stat pack

Programming note: Giants-Dodgers coverage gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with Giants Pregame Live, and baseball follows from Dodger Stadium on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area!The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers battle it out in a three-game series at Dodger Stadium for first place in the NL West. The Giants currently are a half-game behind the Dodgers.

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SF LA Wins 4 5 Avg .248 .280 RGM 2.3 3.9 HR 2 3 Starters ERA 2.50 2.97 Bullpen ERA 6.04 0.84
The Giants come into Monday's game having been shutout by the Dodgers over their last 20 innings.

Clayton Kershaw
Career vs Giants
15 Games (14 Starts)
7-3 Record
1.32 ERA
.187 Opp Avg
2 Shutouts
3 Starts This Season: 1-2 Rec, 1.57 ERA

Lowest All-Time ERA vs San Francisco
Min 10 Starts
Clayton Kershaw 1.32
Ian Kennedy 2.01
Dave Dravecky 2.19
Mat Latos 2.19
Don Wilson 2.20

Lowest ERA Pitcher vs Team
Since 1958 (min 10 Starts)
Al Leiter vs Pirates 1.00
Clayton Kershaw vs Giants 1.32
Sandy Koufax vs Mets 1.44
Mel Stottlemyre vs Angels 1.49
Randy Johnson vs Reds 1.51
Chris Carpenter vs Dodgers 1.52

Clayton Kershaw
Last 4 Starts
Record 4-0
ERA 1.78
Opp Avg .163
Walks 4
Strikeouts 29

Dodgers Season Breakdown
First 47 Games 32-15
Next 45 Games 16-29
Last 30 Games 19-11

Hanley Ramirez
Since Joining Dodgers on July 25th
24 Games
.313 Average
4 Home Runs
6 Doubles
1 Triple
27 RBI
.895 OPS
.246 Avg, .749 OPS with Marlins

Madison Bumgarner
This Season

Home Road Starts 11 13 Rec 8-1 5-6
ERA 1.87 4.06 Opp Avg .205 .235 HR 3 15 Quality Starts 10 7
Madison Bumgarner will make his first start of the year vs the Dodgers
Career vs LA
7 Games (6 Starts)
4-2 Record
3.62 ERA
.259 Opp Avg
3 Home Runs

Both teams acquired outfield help at the trade deadline

Hunter Pence Shane Victorino Games 18 17 AVG .222 .260 HR 1 1 RBI 15 7 Runs 8 12 OB .263 .316 Slug .361 .384
Schedule Comparison

SF LA Games remaining 41 40 Home Games 20 23 Road Games 21 17 vs Teams .500 22 25 Roads Games vs. .500 9 11
Road Schedules Remaining
San Francisco (including this series)
3.5 Road Trips (21 Games)
3 at Dodgers
3 at Astros, 3 at Cubs
3 at Rockies, 3 at D-Backs
3 at Padres, 3 at Dodgers

Los Angeles
3 Road Trips (17 Games)
3 at Rockies
3 at Giants, 2 at D-Backs
3 at Nationals, 3 at Reds, 3 at Padres

Best Road Records in N.L.
Nationals 41-23
Braves 34-22
Reds 33-26
Dodgers 34-30
Giants 31-29

Giants hire David Bell to fill key front office role

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Giants hire David Bell to fill key front office role

SAN FRANCISCO -- A familiar face is returning to the Giants organization to serve a key front office role.

The Giants announced Friday that David Bell, their former third baseman, has been hired as Vice President of Player Development. General manager Bobby Evans said Bell will oversee all aspects of player development, including hitting, pitching, strength and conditioning and the operations of the minor league affiliates. 

"He was the perfect fit," Evans said. "His experience is so strong and encompasses so many aspects of the game. He’s got a really strong base of experience and background and understanding of the game, and he has a passion for the game and working with young players. He really showed a desire to pursue this opportunity." 

Bell, 45, played 12 major league seasons and spent 2002 with the Giants. He hit 20 homers that year as the starting third baseman and scored the winning run in the final game of the NLCS. Since retiring, Bell has served as a minor league manager for the Reds and a big league coach for the Cubs and Cardinals. He spent last season as the bench coach in St. Louis. 

Shane Turner had previously served as farm director, but at the end of the minor league season he was asked to take a role as a special assistant in baseball operations. While Evans did not announce any other changes Friday, there are expected to be other moves within the organization's depth chart. At least one member of the coaching staff is still in the running for a managerial opening. 

Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

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Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

Firing a manager is easy, and there are lots of ways to do it.

Dusty Baker, for example. He worked this year on the last year of a contract, which usually means there won’t be another one, and he relied on his players to deliver the goods.

Which, as we remember from our reading, they didn’t do. Again.

But Baker was marked for the chop unless those players did deliver, and when they didn’t, general manager Mike Rizzo did the expedient thing.

He fired one person rather than several. And changed exactly nothing.

Baker’s managerial career is probably over now, as most teams don’t look at 68-year-olds to fix their teams. He will never manage a  World Series champion, something he ached for, and he was always be caricatured in part as the guy who didn’t speak metric, and who believed in players as men whenever in doubt.

And the Nats didn’t betray him, either. They were always not as good in the big moments because someone else was, and they became part of Washington’s new fetish – Why Can’t We Win One? It’s as if having a cringeworthy President isn’t good enough for them.

So the time came, and he will be replaced by someone who will either win and get credit for work that was largely his, or he won’t win and the town can continue to wallow in its tedious We’re-The-New-Cubs pity. It is the circle of life.

At least it is for groups of people. For individuals, the circle of life is actually nothing more than a straight line that ends abruptly. For Dusty Baker, as it did for Tony La Russa in Phoenix two days earlier, that day came today. He deserves to be remembered as a very good manager who won a lot more than he lost, made more friends than enemies, and was honest from Day One until the end.

Which, as we also know, doesn’t matter a whole lot on days like this.