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Giants vs. Dodgers: Comparing the Pitching Staffs Before the Weekend Showdown
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On Thursday, I broke down the position players for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers in advance of their showdown this weekend.

Now let's take a look at each starting pitcher and the bullpens for both squads.

The Dodgers have the slight edge in the pitching department heading into the weekend series. Their 3.32 team ERA is third in the National League, while the Giants are fourth at 3.45.

Dodger starters are second in the NL with a 3.38 ERA, and the bullpen ranks third at 3.19. The Giants are fourth in both starter ERA at 3.50 and reliever ERA at 3.33.

Defensively, the slight edge goes to the Giants, who have converted the most outs on balls in play in the National League. According to Baseball Prospectus, the Giants have converted 72.5 percent of balls in play into outs, compared to 71.8 percent for the Dodgers, who are fifth in the NL.

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