Setting up the weekend series in LA

The Giants are 7-2 and in first place in the National League. The 11 days the Giants have spent in first place are more days than the Giants have spent in first since 2006.

But now things get a little tougher for the G-men, and it starts with a six-game road trip to Los Angeles and San Diego.

Last year, a similar trip put the Giants in an early hole when the Giants went 0-6. It led to a season-long struggle on the road in Southern California, where the Giants finished 5-13 at Los Angeles/San Diego.

The Giants will need a good road trip because things don’t get any easier when they come home for a six-game homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies.

Todd Wellemeyer takes the hill Friday night against Vicente Padilla. Wellemeyer pitched well for six innings against the Braves last Saturday before things unravelled in seventh.

Here’s the weekend pitching matchups:

FRIDAY: Todd Wellemeyer (0-1) vs. Vicente Padilla (0-1), 7:10 p.m.

SATURDAY: Tim Lincecum (2-0) vs. Charlie Haeger (0-0), 1:10 p.m. (FOX)

SUNDAY: Barry Zito (2-0) vs. Clayton Kershaw (1-0), 1:10 p.m.

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