The San Francisco Giants try to win a second straight game when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of a four-game series between the top teams in baseball on Thursday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium.
The Giants rallied for a 4-2 win on Wednesday night, giving them wins in two of the first three games. San Francisco is 60-35 and in first place in the NL West, leading the second-place Dodgers by two games.
Los Angeles was three outs from tying for the top spot in the division before falling to the Giants. The Dodgers fell to 59-38 and are in second place in the NL West, leading the third-place San Diego Padres by 3½ games.
MLB odds have the Dodgers with a moneyline of -170, while the Giants are listed at +150. The over/under for the contest has been set at 7½ runs.
The Giants trailed 2-1 heading to the ninth inning, but after Buster Posey led off the inning with a single, Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to give San Francisco the lead.
“Wilmer Flores is as clutch as anyone over the last two seasons,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said after Wednesday’s win. “That was his MO in New York. He’s always been clutch and thrived in the biggest moments.”
Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski had an early home run for the Giants’ first run, his second straight game with a home run. Yastrzemski has 16 along with 20 doubles, two triples, 41 RBIs, and 48 runs scored.
Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani will get the start, bringing a 10-4 record and 2.78 ERA. DeSclafani has 103 strikeouts and 29 walks in 113⅓ innings.
This will be DeSclafani’s fourth start against the Dodgers in 2021, as he’s gone 0-2 with a 10.95 ERA over 12⅓ innings in the first three meetings. The 31-year-old is coming off a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, going six innings and allowing three runs on five hits, including two home runs, while striking out four.
Needing to Rebound
The Dodgers need to try to get the split of this key four-game series. Los Angeles gets another shot at San Francisco with three games next week, but then it doesn’t face the Giants again until a three-game set in September.
Right-hander Walker Buehler will be on the mound. He’s 10-1 with a 2.37 ERA, striking out 122 and walking 28 over 121⅓ innings.
In three starts against the Giants this season, Buehler has been outstanding, going 2-0 with a 0.92 ERA over 19 2/3 innings. He’s won his last three decisions, including a win against Colorado in his last start on Saturday. In that game, Buehler went seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out eight and walking two.
Outfielder Chris Taylor had a home run in Wednesday’s loss, giving him three in the last two games. Taylor has gone 5-for-8 with a double, three home runs, four RBIs, and five runs scored over the last two games. He has 14 home runs, 53 RBIs, and a team-high 69 runs scored this season.
First baseman Max Muncy leads Los Angeles with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs this season, batting .272. He’s batting .324 with a double, eight home runs, 10 RBIs, and 11 runs scored in 37 at-bats against the Giants in 2021.
Dodgers Earn Split
Buehler has been outstanding against the Giants this season, while DeSclafani has had his troubles with the Dodgers’ lineup. Expect more of the same from both as Los Angeles rebounds with a win to earn a split of the four-game set.
When doing your MLB picks, take the Dodgers to get the win at home.