Dodgers Win on Emotional Day
It’s hard to imagine a more stirring regular-season day than the one the Los Angeles Dodgers experienced Tuesday. They first watched as a chief divisional rival made a blockbuster acquisition at the trade deadline, potentially altering the October outlook. Later, the team learned of the passing of longtime Dodgers broadcaster and legend Vin Scully during their contest at San Francisco.
Perhaps inspired by the day’s events, the Dodgers finished strong to win their third in a row overall and defeat the Giants for the sixth straight time. They’ll try to keep that run going when the teams continue the four-game series on Wednesday night.
Dodgers First in NL to 70 Wins
The Los Angeles Dodgers built an early 6-0 lead over the Giants on Tuesday. After the hosts trimmed the deficit to 6-5, the Los Angeles bullpen went into lockdown mode and the bats added three more in the eighth to help secure a 9-5 win.
Mookie Betts stayed hot with a homer and three RBI for the Dodgers, who are averaging 7.0 runs during their six straight wins over the Giants – all since the All-Star break. The star right fielder was one of many to reflect on Tuesday’s more important news.
“It’s just a tremendous loss, not just for the Dodgers but baseball in general,” Betts said of Scully’s passing.
Los Angeles will try to focus on matters at hand as it carries an 11½-game lead on the second-place San Diego Padres into Wednesday’s action. The Padres acquired Juan Soto and several other key pieces before the trade deadline, which will alter those MLB lines for October at the sportsbook.
The Dodgers, who made a few small moves as they await the return of several injured pitchers, turn to the surging Julio Urias on Wednesday. The only 20-game winner in the majors last season is 7-0 with a 2.58 ERA over his last eight starts, including one vs. the San Francisco Giants in which he spun six scoreless innings.
Giants Fading From Contention
There’s plenty of time left, but San Francisco will need to turn things around quickly in order to remain relevant in the playoff chase. After Tuesday’s loss, they sank 4½ games out of the last Wild Card spot in the NL.
The Giants are 3-10 since the All-Star break. They, too, will have to contend with the much-improved Padres for the rest of this season and beyond as the division around them gets stronger and stronger.
In what is a rather difficult search for positives, San Francisco may have seen one in the performance Tuesday night of catcher Joey Bart, who hammered a two-run shot on the day the team traded away his backup, veteran Curt Casali.
“It was really tough trading Curt,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said. “He’s been a great Giant, very popular guy. He’s done a great job with our pitching staff, which is a strength of ours. We’ve just really seen Joey emerge over the last month or so since he’s been back, and that gave us a little bit more confidence on that front.”
The team acknowledged a difficult path to the playoffs and made a few other moves for prospects only.
Alex Cobb gets the nod Wednesday for the struggling Giants. He hasn’t won since May 17 and was knocked around for four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings of a loss to Los Angeles two turns ago. However, he has a 2.45 ERA over his last seven starts and struck out a season-high 11 last time out against the Chicago Cubs.
Dodgers vs Giants Head-to-Head
The Dodgers’ six-game run against the Giants came after San Francisco swept three from Los Angeles in June, which came on the heels of the Dodgers taking both games of a two-game set in May. With victories Wednesday and Thursday, Los Angeles will make it four sweeps in as many series for these teams in 2022.
Dodgers vs Giants Game Information
- Game: Dodgers (70-33) vs Giants (51-53)
- Location: Oracle Park, San Francisco
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 9:45 p.m. ET
- Dodgers vs Giants Live Stream: MLB.tv
Dodgers vs Giants Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Dodgers
J. Urias -L
|-1½ +105||-157||7½ Evo||4½ +110o
|San Francisco Giants
A. Cobb -R
|+1½ -125||+142||7½ -120u||3½ +125o
Dodgers vs Giants Prediction
Everything points to a Dodgers win here. Urias is on a sensational roll and he has seven straight starts against the Giants in which he’s allowed two runs or fewer, including the playoffs. He’s let up just two runs in 18 frames vs San Francisco in 2022.
Cobb is on a great run of his own but the one outlier in his recent game log was a less-than-decent outing vs Los Angeles. The Dodgers are hitting .285 since the All-Star break while averaging 6.2 runs per game. They have momentum and emotion on their side, and will be a stiff challenge for the veteran right-hander.
If betting online, lean toward Los Angeles to take another from its rival to the north. And while Urias figures to limit the Giants, consider a stab at the over (7½) when making your MLB picks – the Dodgers’ offense is just too hard to keep down.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.