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Good Morning, It's Opening Day

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Before the game starts today, here are a few things you might like to know.

- Under Bruce Bochy, the Giants have won 8 games and lost 10 in season-opening series. In 2010, they swept Houston and went on to win the World Series. In 2012, they were swept in Arizona and went on to win the World Series.

- In his career, Matt Cain has faced 606 Dodger batters. Eleven have grounded into double plays, nine have hit home runs. The Dodgers are the only division rival to have fewer homers than GIDPs against Cain.

- Number of Guillermo Quiroz opening-day major-league plate appearances: 0.

- No Giant on the active roster has hit a regular-season home run against the Dodger starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

- In Kershaw's five seasons, major league hitters have produced a .215 / .288 / .319 line against him. That's an OPS of .608.

- Current Giants (including those on the DL or in the minors) have compiled a .475 OPS against him. The most embarrassing line is Hunter Pence's 1-for-23 with no walks, although Andres Torres' 2-for-22 (and a walk) isn't far behind. Let's hope that Pablo Sandoval is healthy enough to start, because he's done decently against Kershaw (.276 / .313 / .375). Marco Scutaro is 5 for 10 lifetime, which reminds me just a smidge of Chili Davis' career numbers against a certain young phenom:

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Generated 3/31/2013.

(Pardon the funky screen grab instead of a properly generated table, but I'm having technical difficulties.)

There's not much left to say or analyze. I don't make preseason predictions, but I expect the Dodgers, Giants and Diamondbacks to be scrumming for the division down to the wire. (Least discussed NL West factor this off-season: The Arizona rotation.)

The Giants kept their team intact, the Dodgers hope their money translates into wins. The rivalry is renewed. The games finally count. Even if one game among 162 is of little significance, this should be good. Ladies and gentlemen, señoras y señores, play ball.


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