Game: San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Time: 4:10 p.m. ET
Odds: Giants +205, Dodgers -245
The opening contest of this series against the Dodgers was won by San Francisco. Last night, the Dodgers returned the favor. In the previous nine head-to-head matches, the Giants had won just once. The Giants lost seven straight before they had put together a four-game win streak prior to last night. Before that, San Francisco had been swept by Minnesota and San Diego.
Playoff aspirations for the Giants are all but over. They are now 65-69 going heading into Game 3 of this series. San Francisco trails the NL West-leading Dodgers by 27.5 games. Second-place San Diego is ahead of the Giants by 6.5 games. The Giants remain a long shot to make the postseason even if they are not mathematically out of the running.
The Giants’ right-hander Alex Cobb will get the start in this third game of the series. He has a season ERA of 3.81 and a record of 5-6. In his last two starts, Cobb hasn’t given up an earned run. Cobb pitched five shutout innings against Minnesota before pitching seven more in a 13-1 victory over Philadelphia. Cobb’s last two starts saw seven batters struck out each time.
This year, Cobb’s performance against the Dodgers hasn’t been great. He has two starts, both of which the Giants lost. In his 12 innings of work over the course of those two starts, Cobb gave up seven earned runs in total. Cobb’s last eight starts include both of his contests with the Dodgers. The Giants have only won twice in those eight starts.
Clayton Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, will face Cobb. This year, the left-hander for the Dodgers is 7-3 with a 2.59 ERA. In his last two starts, Kershaw has only given up two earned runs. He had no part in either decision. In Kershaw’s last six outings, the Dodgers have prevailed four times.
Kershaw has started three games this season against San Francisco despite missing some time this year. In the three starts, the Dodgers have won two. The latest two, which occurred within the last month or so, were both Dodgers’ victories. On July 24, Kershaw allowed four runs in four frames, but the Dodgers rebounded for a 7-4 victory. On August 4, Kershaw allowed one run but pitched only four innings. The Dodgers went on to win 5-3.
The Giants are 1-7 SU in the last eight games played in Los Angeles, in addition to going 1-8 SU against the Dodgers in the previous nine games overall. In the previous six Dodgers-Giants games, the Over was 4-1-1. In the last five games involving the Giants and the Dodgers, the Over is 4-0-1.
The Giants hit five home runs in Monday’s win over L.A. The Dodgers countered with two Max Muncy solo shots and a Joey Gallo three-run blast last night. Los Angeles won 6-3. The win gives the Dodgers 14 wins in their last 17 home games.
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