Giants vs Dodgers Series Preview

April showers are supposed to bring something decent come May. The Giants are hoping for the same.

The 2004 season has been a cruel joke on the Giants. Reliable disappointments such as the Padres are no longer a feel-good series before or after meeting their division rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Even LA has been an annoying housefly to the Giants in the last 5 years; something to swat at while they wrap up the National League West. Although they have yet to play Arizona or Colorado this season, the writing is on the brick façade. There is competition now.

The Giants, normally the best homebody in baseball with the best win/loss record the major leagues, probably couldn't wait to get away from their spacious confines and hide out in Chavez Ravine for a weekend series against the Dodgers, who handed them their heads with last week's home sweep.

The Giant's rotation has Brett Tomko (0-1, 14.2 IP, 7.98 ERA) Jerome Williams (2-1, 18.2 IP, 4.34 ERA) for Saturday, and Dustin Hermanson (1-1, 15.1 IP, 4.70 ERA) on Sunday.

The Dodgers (10-5, .667) come into this series with a full head of steam. For the first time in what seems as ages almost all cylinders are firing in correct order. Catcher Paul LoDuca is batting .490, Adrian Beltre has 6 HR's and the pitching staff is working well.

Odalis Perez will start the series with a 3.20 ERA and a 1-1 record. The last time he faced the Giants he cruised past them with his sinker intact. He hopes to repeat the feat with another Friday night challenge to the men in Orange.

Saturday Jeff Weaver (1-1, 15.2 IP, 6.89 ERA) will face Williams, and Sunday Kaz Ishi (2-1, 16.2 IP, 6.48 ERA) will take on Hermanson for the series ender.

NOTES: Rookie David Ardsma (1-0, 6 IP, 4.50 ERS) was optioned to AAA Fresno to work on his off-speed and breaking pitches. Noah Lowery (0-0, 3 IP, 12.00 ERA) was called up for all of 10 hours to bolster a shaky and tired bullpen. He was pasted for 4 runs in a forgettable game, and was sent back to Fresno the very same day. Lefty reliever Scott Eyre was activated from the DL on Thursday.

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