Fife has made only one major league start, in which he held the Philadelphia Phillies to one run over six innings. Though an impressive debut, Fife did allow seven base runners (four hits, 3 walks) while only striking out one. Hunter Pence went 2-3 against Fife, with two RBI, for those of you currently getting your hopes up.
In the last three-game series against the Giants, the Dodgers never crossed home plate. Matt Cain and the Giants will look to extend this scoreless streak, though he’ll have to do against a different Dodger team. Not only are the Dodgers healthy this time around, but they are sporting a new weapon in Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez is 3-for-6 with three hits and three walks in nine at-bats with the Dodgers.
“Hanley’s legit,” Dodger manager said before the game. “This is the MVP type: Won a batting title, stole fifty bags. The guy’s talented. We’re hoping he’s going to be a great fit.”
Giants’ fans don’t share in Mattingly’s hope, obviously. And, I’m sure Matt Cain and the Giants hope the Dodgers get more of the 2012 of Hanley than the 2009 edition.
Cain will be looking to extend a personal winning streak against the Dodgers. Dating back to August 1, 2010, the Giants are 5-0 in Cain starts against the Dodgers. In that same time period, Cain is 4-0 with a no decision.
In his career, Cain is just 3-8 with a 3.56 ERA in 19 career starts against the Dodgers.
Bochy’s repeated sentiment during the onslaught of Pablo Sandoval questions was “wait and see.” Though Bochy did concede that Sandoval has made improvements, he wouldn’t completely rule out the disabled list.
Ever the taciturnist (yes, I just made that word up), Bochy didn’t divulge much about Aubrey Huff either, other than Huff could come off the disabled list. Bochy also intimated that Huff could go for another rehab stint.
Bochy noted that Sanchez felt good in his first rehab game in Fresno. Sanchez played five innings, going hitless in three at-bats. When asked whether Sanchez would play first, Bochy was noncommittal–of course.
Mattingly on Posey
I always find it interesting when opposing coaches discusses players on the Giants. Mattingly was asked what he thought of Buster Posey, here is what he said: