Dodgers have chance to join select company
As the Los Angeles Dodgers head into Sunday’s series finale with the San Francisco Giants, they do so as the fastest team to reach 100 wins since 2001.
The Dodgers got their 100th win of the season in their 144th game, two games faster than the Boston Red Sox in 2018. The fastest team to reach 100 wins in MLB history is the 1906 Chicago Cubs (132 games).
With 18 games remaining, the Dodgers have a chance to shatter the team record of 106 wins, first set in 2019 and equaled last season while also becoming the seventh team in MLB history with 110 or more wins.
Five of the teams to achieve 110 or more wins in a season reached the World Series and four of those won it. The Seattle Mariners of 2001 are the only team not to reach the series.
Let’s check the latest MLB picks, stats, injury reports, and MLB odds for the Dodgers vs Giants. We’ve plenty of MLB predictions for you to consider.
Villar Making Most of Opportunity
It has taken a month or so and a demotion to the minor leagues, but David Villar has finally found his footing in the big leagues for the San Francisco Giants. The third baseman has hit .293 with four home runs and seven RBIs in September and has been better over the last 10 days, going 8 for 29 with three doubles, three homers, and five RBIs.
Villar was an 11th-round draft pick out of South Florida who hit .272 with 73 home runs in four seasons in the minor leagues.
“We have this body of work at the minor league level and you’re looking for it to translate,” manager Gabe Kapler told the media. “September is a really good time to give these guys opportunity to fail.”
Two other prospects – Sean Hjelle and Heliot Ramos – will get their second opportunity with the Giants after being recalled from the minors. Hjelle is a tall right-hander who averaged better than eight strikeouts per nine innings in college and the minors while Ramos is a top prospect and former first-round pick who has struggled in both the minor and major leagues this season.
Turner Finding the Gaps for Dodgers
Early on this season, it didn’t look as if Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers would be setting a career-high in anything positive, but he did just that in Saturday’s win over the Giants.
The 15-year veteran belted a pair of doubles, giving him 35 for the season, one better than he had in 2016. After batting .256 and slugging .403 in the first half of the season, the third baseman has hit .336 and slugged .580 after the All-Star Break.
“Obviously, the home runs numbers aren’t what they have been the last couple years, but I still feel like I’m taking good at-bats and driving balls in gaps,” Turner, who has 13 homers this season after hitting 27 last season, told the media. “I guess it’s kind of cool to have a career-high in doubles.”
Turner and Max Muncy, who has also heated up of late, give the Dodgers plenty of options at third base and designated hitter.
Dodgers vs Giants Head-to-Head
With a victory Sunday, the Dodgers would finish 15-4 against the Giants. The last Dodgers team to win 15 games in a season against the Giants occurred in 1946. Only the 1940 team, which went 16-5 against the Giants, won more games.
Dodgers vs Giants Game Information
- Game: Dodgers (100-44) vs Giants (69-76)
- Location: Oracle Park, San Francisco
- Day/Time: Sunday, September 18, 7:08 p.m. ET
- Dodgers vs Giants Live Stream: MLB TV
Dodgers vs Giants Betting Lines
|-175||7½ -105o||4½ -110o 4½ -120u|
|+155||7½ -115u||3½ +120o 3½ -150u|
Dodgers vs Giants Prediction
The Dodgers are 10-2 in their last 12 road games as a favorite of -151 to -200. The Giants are 1-6 in Alex Cobb’s last seven starts as an underdog.
Dodgers’ left-hander Andrew Heaney took the loss against the Giants on September 5 after allowing six hits and six earned runs in 5.1 innings. Look for Heaney to rebound and Dodgers to cover.