The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants are set to wrap up a three-game series on Thursday afternoon. These two teams have split the first two games this week, and this will be a critical rubber match on Thursday.
Los Angeles picked up an 8-0 win on Wednesday night, but they have really struggled against the Giants so far this season. The Dodgers are still in second place in the NL West, but they have put plenty of pressure on their rival in recent weeks.
San Francisco comes into this game with a record of 63-38, which is still the top record in all of baseball. The Giants are clinging to a two-game lead in the NL West and will need to play well to stay on top.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the betting favorites at -121 for this matchup with the San Francisco Giants.
Dodgers at Giants Preview and Pick: Dodgers Must Score
The Los Angeles Dodgers had scored just five total runs in the previous three games before breaking out in a big way on Wednesday night. This team has put up some impressive offensive numbers this season, but they have also been slumping a bit during the month of July.
Max Muncy leads the team with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs, and he will be a big key in this game. The Dodgers should load up the lineup with some left-handed bats, and McCovey Cove could see some action in this game.
Los Angeles will likely be adding a piece or two prior to the Trade Deadline, but those reinforcements won’t be in San Francisco for this game. Justin Turner and his .297 batting average will also be a key against the Giants starter.
David Price will start for Los Angeles on Thursday, just as he has been doing recently. Price has gone 4-0 with a 3.35 ERA this season, but most of his best work has been done out of the bullpen.
Dodgers at Giants Preview and Pick: Pitching Paving Way For Giants
The San Francisco Giants come into Thursday with a team ERA of just 3.34 on the season, which is the third-best in baseball. San Francisco has been able to put up that number with a dominant starting rotation that is full of veteran names.
Johnny Cueto is one of those veteran pitchers, and he is set to be on the mound for the Giants in the series finale. Cueto has gone just 6-5 with a 4.09 ERA this season, but he still has the stuff to be one of the best pitchers in the National League.
The biggest story for the Giants has been at the plate as this team has been able to find plenty of offense. San Francisco has a slugging percentage of .433 this season, which is the 5th best mark in baseball.
Brandon Crawford leads the Giants with 18 home runs and 58 RBIs, and veteran Buster Posey is also having a great bounce-back season.
Dodgers at Giants Preview and Pick
This pitching matchup will be fun to watch, but it’s not a matchup of two of the top pitchers on each team. Both veterans have won some big games in their careers, and this game has plenty of importance as well.
Los Angeles broke out the big bats on Wednesday night, but Cueto will find a way to shut them down in this one. The Dodgers have struggled to hit against the Giants pitching staff this season, and that will be the case in this game.
Everyone keeps waiting for the Dodgers to move past the Giants in the standings, but San Francisco is staying strong. The Giants will pick up another big win in this game as they push their division lead back to three games.
Bet the San Francisco Giants -1.5 as they roll to a series win.
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