This is the first of the Giants three trips to Chavez LAtrine--they won't go back again until after the All-Star Break. The Dodgers set a record last season by winning their first 13 home games, and the Giants were the first three victims. They rode that hot start (15-8 April, 20-9 May) all the way to a title despite a post-ASB record (39-35) that matched the Giants. So far LA has split its series with Arizona at home, and Dan Haren goes today for the Snakes.
Friday night we send our no. 5, Todd Wellemeyer, against Vicente Padilla. Padilla has been knocked around in 2 starts on the road (8-2/3 IP, 14 hits, 3 HR, 11 ER), while Wellemeyer was a nice surprise against the Braves at AT&T on Saturday (6-1/3, 4 ER) and probably deserved a better fate.
Tim Lincecum, who is tied** for the NL lead in strikeouts with 17, is matched up with Charlie Haeger on Saturday. A knuckelballer, can you believe it? Just the kind of guy that will give us fits. He struck out 12 in Florida in a loss in his last start.
Barry Zito, who looked sharp against two weak foes (Houston and Pittsburgh), will get the ball on Sunday. The Dodgers have yet to announce a starter. It will be interesting to see how BZ fares against a good-hitting lineup. They are tied with the Giants for 3rd in the NL in runs scored (45) and are second to Philadelphia in OPS (.869). Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Manny Ramirez, Ronnie Belliard, and Russell Martin are all sporting an OPS over 1.000, and Casey Blake is right behind at .991.
**Jonathan Sanchez and Roy Halladay also have 17 K.