You can find me on Dodger Dugout this week, answering questions about the Giants. Thanks again to webmaster Robert Timm for the invitation!
Heading into tonight's game the 40-34 Giants are 4-1/2 back of high-flying San Diego. The 40-35 Dodgers are 5 back after losing 2 of 3 to the Yankees.
The Giants have scored 312 runs, 12th in the NL. The Dodgers have scored 351 (5th). The Giants have allowed 267 runs, 2nd in the NL. The Dodgers have allowed 344 runs (T10th). Tonight's Dodger starter, Chad Billingsley, has yet to find the form that made him a rising star in 2008. In 13 starts this season, he's allowed 80 hits and 41 runs in 76-2/3 IP. He still strikes a lot of guys out, averaging 8.1 per 9 IP, which is a tick below his career mark of 8.2. He turns 26 at the end of July. Giant starter Barry Zito is having his best season as a Giant--in 15 starts (99 IP) he's allowed 84 hits and 39 runs. Billingsley's 3.73 FIP is good for 23rd among NL starters. Zito, with 3.88, sits at 26th.