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The Los Angeles Dodgers enter at 58-36, one game behind the Giants for the top spot in the National League West. The NL West is loaded with the 55-41 San Diego Padres creeping closely behind in third place as well.
The Dodgers have appeared in three of the last four World Series and are generally thought of as the cream of the crop in Major League Baseball— they have four former MVPs on their roster, are incredible offensively and defensively, have the necessary support from the front office, and find different ways to continually perform year-to-year.
LA has had six players hit at least 10 home runs already, with Max Muncy’s 21 leading the way; Justin Turner has been their most consistent batter, hitting .304 while delivering 16 homers and 54 runs batted in. The four other members of the roster that have reached double-digits in home runs are batting between .265-.280, which shows how deep this team is.
“I’ve always been a really good fastball hitter, but this year I feel like I’ve been able to react to a lot of different pitches, and it’s not just selling out to the fastball anymore,” Muncy said. “I think it’s making me more of a complete hitter.”
As a team, the Dodgers have dominated the statistical charts; they currently sit second in total scoring, third in home runs, and ninth in batting average, and have been in the top third in these marks for a majority of the campaign.
Meanwhile, LA’s pitching has been up to the challenge of matching its terrific offense, posting the league’s best-earned run average (3.14) and batting average allowed (.212), which has proven to be a lethal combination. Three of the regular five starting pitchers have tossed ERAs below 3.00 this season, and the other two are under 4.00, an incredible effort from the entire rotation.
Tony Gonsolin will be on the mound for Monday’s clash, entering with a 1-0 record and 2.13 ERA; the 27-year-old ace has only appeared seven times.
The Giants’ Outlook
The San Francisco Giants have proven to be one of the best stories, managing to secure the league’s best record at 58-34 despite having a team that looked to be underwhelming— at least against the other best clubs in baseball.
The Giants last reached the World Series in 2014, where they defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-3, and Madison Bumgarner was named Most Valuable Player. The second half of the season has only just begun, but San Francisco looks like it could end up in the same position it did in the ‘14 season.
Brandon Crawford, a 34-year-old shortstop, has been having the season of his life for San Fran; an 11-year member of the organization, Crawford leads the team with a career-best .286 batting average, 18 home runs, and 58 RBIs. Four of his teammates have hit double-figures in homers, and anyone in the starting lineup is capable of stepping up on any given night.
The Giants currently rank second in homers, ninth in scoring, and 12th in batting average, having fallen slightly from where they were earlier in the season but still forming one of the league’s most productive units.
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As great as San Francisco’s offense has been, the pitching staff has been credited with a majority of its success; the team ranks second with a 3.24 ERA and third with a .221 batting average allowed, all while giving up the fourth-fewest long balls.
Kevin Gausman has been the leader of the defensive attack and will be on the mound, entering with the second-best ERA among qualified pitchers (1.73) and a 9-3 record. The Giants tend to play well when their ace is on the mound, and they are certainly going to need him firing on all cylinders against such a formidable opponent.
This series is going to feature some of the best pitching in baseball, culminating with a showdown between Walker Buehler and Kevin DeSclafani on Thursday.
The Dodgers are ahead 3-5 in the season series and won both meetings in their two-game matchup at the end of June. Neither team has looked phenomenal coming out of the All-Star break, though this is likely to change as soon as they step on the field for their rivalry matchup this week.
One of the more interesting situations to monitor will be which team finds the greatest success hitting the ball out of the park and giving their teams bursts of scoring in limited opportunities; both teams have proven they can smack the ball around while their pitchers have limited opponents’ home run totals, which means that the winner of each game could come from whoever is able to hit the crucial homer.
The Dodgers are slight favorites in the matchup and have +160 odds on the runline to the Giants’ -190; LA is also -133 on the moneyline, while San Fran is +123.
The over/under has been set at 8, with -110 odds on the over and the under. This total has been exceeded five times in their nine meetings.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have become the team of October, and as the playoffs draw closer and closer, they will be looking for opportunities to prove they are once again the best team in baseball.
Bet online on LA forcing the Giants into giving up an uncharacteristic amount of runs, and their pitchers will limit a San Fran team that has still played exceptionally well but is not as menacing as they seemed earlier in the season.