Top stats to know: Giants at Dodgers

April, 6, 2014
Apr 6
1:21
PM ET
The San Francisco Giants will visit the Los Angeles Dodgers on ESPN2's "Sunday Night Baseball" at 8 ET.

Here are some storylines to watch for tonight.

Matt Cain
Cain will be on the bump for the Giants tonight making his second start of the season. After allowing an impossible-to-sustain nine home runs in 2011, Cain has seen more of his fly balls go for home runs over the last two seasons – 21 in 2012 and 23 last season.

Cain was a much better pitcher in the second half than he was in the first half last season.

Buster Posey
At age 27, Posey already has one NL MVP to his name. Over the last two seasons he has produced 12.8 Wins Above Replacement (WAR), fourth-most by a catcher in his age 25-26 seasons in MLB history.

Since the start of the 2012 season, no player has been better at hitting balls up in the zone than Posey. His .359 batting average on such pitches rank first (he ranks second in OPS at 1.132).

Zack Greinke
Greinke will take the mound for the second time this season. Greinke is winless in two career starts against the Giants.

Just how precise is Greinke with his pitches? We have the ability to show pitchers with the most pitches “on the corners”. In 2010, Greinke ranked ninth in baseball with most pitches on the corners, and ranked tied for 11th in 2012.

When he returned from injury in May of last season, Greinke was once again one of the most prolific at dotting the corners.

San Francisco is in position to sweep the series. But the Elias Sports Bureau tells us that Greinke was 6-0 in games that immediately followed a Dodgers loss last season and LA has won nine of his 10 such starts since coming to the Dodgers. Greinke is 1-0 in that situation this season.

Kenley Jansen
Jansen has been among the most dominant relievers of all-time from a strikeout perspective, as he has three of the 35 highest single-season K/9 totals in MLB history (min. 50 IP).

But what’s helped him take the next step has been the steady reduction in his walk rate. After walking nearly 14% of batters faced in 2010, he walked just over six percent last season.

Stat of the Game
Andre Ethier is hitting .441 in his career against Matt Cain, the highest career batting average against Cain among all players with at least 30 plate appearances.

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