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San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain (3-9, 5.45 ERA) will go head to head against Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 4.17). This will be the final game of their three-game series. Which team will reign victorious at the Dodger Stadium?
Matt Cain, Photo Credit: MLB
Cain had his two wins from pitching against the Dodgers this year; he allowed seven hits and one run while striking out eight batters in over 12.2 innings, giving him a 0.71 ERA against them. After his last game against them last April 24, he has been losing ever since. He has also never won an away game (0-6, 8.14 ERA) this season but was able to defend his home (3-3, 3.25 ERA).
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Photo Credit: ESPN
On the other hand, Ryu faced the Giants last April 24 resulting in a loss. He allowed five hits and one run but was able to strike out three batters in over six frames, giving him a 1.50 ERA against them. His recent successful start was against the Cincinnati Reds last June 17, when he allowed eight hits and two runs while striking out seven batters in over five innings. He lost the next three games after that.
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Pence Hunter, Photo Credit: SF Bay
Now on the batters’ side, Giant’s Pence Hunter (.244/ .292/ .342, .634 OPS) is one of the prominent batters in his team; having 75 hits, 31 runs and six homers while getting struck out 66 times in over 307 at bats this season. He is posting a .440/ .481/ .520 line, and a 1.001 OPS against the Dodgers’ starting pitcher, although he got his five RBI from Ryu four years ago.
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Yasiel Puig, Photo Credit: Bleacher Report
Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig has a total of 83 hits, 46 runs and 19 dingers while getting struck out 66 times in over 324 at bats this season. From the batting line-up of the Dodgers, he has the most at bats against Cain while posting a .316/ .409/ .579 stat line and a .988 OPS against the Giants’ righty.
The Giants’ right-handed pitcher remains winless since May 15 while the Dodgers’ lefty was able to have a decent start in his last game against the Twins last July 24. Both teams have done well against their opponent’s starting pitcher. However, the Giants might be hard-pressed to count on Hunter since four years have passed since he bested Ryu.