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Top Two Teams in NL West Clash

Giants, Dodgers Meet for 14th Time

The Los Angeles Dodgers go for a third straight win when they take on the host San Francisco Giants in the first of a three-game series between the longtime National League West rivals on Tuesday night. The first pitch for the series opener is scheduled for 9:45 p.m. ET at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

The Dodgers took the last two games of a weekend series with the Colorado Rockies to improve to 61-40. Los Angeles is in second place in the NL West, trailing the first-place Giants by two games and leading the third-place San Diego Padres by 3½ games.

Joe Kelly of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the ninth inning during a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies
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San Francisco salvaged the final game of a three-game weekend series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. The Giants are 62-37 and have the best record in baseball, leading the Boston Red Sox by one game.

If you want to bet on this game, the MLB odds have the Dodgers with a moneyline of -118, while the Giants are listed at +108. The over/under for the series opener is set at 8½ runs.

Trying to Rally

The Dodgers were a little short-handed over the weekend due to injuries, but it didn’t matter. Will Smith had a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning on Sunday to power Los Angeles to the victory and the series win over its NL West rival.

“He’s a 20-, 25-homer guy for me with a high on-base (percentage) and he’s doing exactly what we’re hoping for,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said about Smith after Sunday’s win. “Honestly, we’ve plugged him in the middle of the order for the last year and a half, and he’s only going to get better.”

The home run was Smith’s 14th and his third over the Dodgers’ just-completed seven-game homestand. Smith has 14 doubles, a triple, 46 RBIs and 43 runs scored.

Outfielder Chris Taylor hit two home runs in the win, giving him 16. Taylor comes into this series on a six-game hit streak and is batting .284 with 55 RBIs and a team-high 73 runs scored.

Left-hander Julio Urias will make the start for the Dodgers, going for his major league-best 13th win. Urias is 12-3 with a 3.63 ERA, striking out 127 and walking 25 over 119 innings.

Urias has faced the Giants three times this season, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. The 24-year-old’s last start was Wednesday against San Francisco, as he took a no-decision after going seven innings and allowing one run on three hits, including a home run, while striking out five and walking one.

Staying on Top

The Giants will try to widen their NL West lead with right-hander Logan Webb on the mound. The 24-year-old is 4-3 with a 3.54 ERA, striking out 65 and walking 21 over 61 innings.

Webb is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts against Los Angeles this season. He faced Urias in his last start on Wednesday, taking a no-decision after lasting five innings and giving up two runs on three hits, including a home run, while striking out five and walking three.

The Giants have been dealing with injuries to their lineup, with Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria all sidelined. The hope from the team was that Crawford and Belt could possibly return for this series, though their availability remains in question.

Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski has been trying to carry the load for San Francisco, but he went 0-for-10 with eight strikeouts in the three-game series against the Pirates. Yastrzemski, who has 16 home runs and 42 RBIs, is batting just .182 in 44 at-bats against Los Angeles, hitting three doubles, a triple and two home runs while driving in seven.

Series Outlook

The Dodgers hold a slight edge in the season series, winning seven of 13 meetings, but the Giants took three of four last week in Los Angeles. San Francisco is 31-15 at home while the Dodgers have gone 28-22 as the visitors.

Walker Buehler (10-1, 2.31 ERA) will take the mound for Wednesday’s game for the Dodgers, followed by David Price (4-0, 3.35) in the series finale. The Giants will counter with Anthony DeSclafani (10-4, 2.87) and Johnny Cueto (6-5, 4.09).

The MLB series prices for this key set have the Dodgers as the favorites at -170, while the Giants are listed at +140.

Dodgers Win Opener

Los Angeles has been playing well of late and wants some revenge for last week’s series. San Francisco’s injuries are going to catch up with it in this one.

When doing your MLB picks, take Los Angeles to win on the road.

Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -118

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