Friday's matchup will see Odalis Perez and Kurt Rueter take a bite out each other. Perez, who has great stuff (fastball, curve, changeup), is 0-0 with 2 no decisions. He will get you at the plate, he will get you if you bunt. Mind the pitches that drop in the dirt- they tend to fall late.
Kevin Brown and Jason Schmidt meet on Saturday. The battle of the staff aces, it seems. Brown has pitched decently in his comeback year, with an amazing 0.73 ERA with opponents batting only .182. Should Jason Schmidt pitch as fabulous as he did against San Diego in San Diego, we will have an amazing pitchers duel.
Giants pitchers will have to look out for (of course) Shawn Green, but also Adrian Beltre, who has managed to round up a few hits in the last couple of days. Throw him something slightly high-he'll chase it. And of course, the proclaimed 'Giant-killer' Paul Lo Duca will be there, after a 3-3 effort yesterday against Arizona including two doubles and a 2-5 the night before. But then again, most of you readers already know what to expect. We've been through this before.
Keys To The Game:
1) GO UP THE MIDDLE. Expecially against Hideo Nomo.
2) The starting pitchers need to be pretty spot on- the bullpen is tired! At least six from every pitcher and 7 if they can swing it. None of this 5-inning, 120 pitches stuff.
3)Jesse Orosco is gone, Barry. Light the Dodgers up!
4)Eric Gagne is still there. The less chance of a save oppurtunity for the Dodgers, the better.