Dodgers Look to Extend NL West Lead Against GiantsBy David A.
On Tuesday, a battle for first place in the National League West begins when the San Francisco Giants visit the Los Angeles Dodgers. The current line has the San Francisco at -105, Los Angeles at -103 and the over/under run total sitting on 7.
San Francisco entering this game has a record of 68-56 overall and 33-28 on the road. The Giants are 3-7 over their last 10 games played. Los Angeles entering this game is 69-55 overall and 38-24 at home. The Dodgers are 5-5 over their last 10 games played.
The Dodgers and Giants open a three-game series on Tuesday with the Dodgers leading the NL West by one game over the Giants. San Francisco is just 11-23 since returning from the All-Star break. The Dodgers defeated Cincinnati on Monday night to push their lead to one game.
San Francisco will send Madison Bumgarner to the mound on Tuesday. The Giants left-hander is 12-7 with an ERA of 2.25. Los Angeles will counter with Kenta Maeda. The Dodgers right-hander is 12-7 with an ERA of 3.29.
Bumgarner has a record of 13-8 with an ERA of 2.57 in his 24 games against Los Angeles during his career. Maeda has been victorious in four straight decisions since July 23 for the Dodgers. Maeda has faced the Giants just once in his career and won.
The game on Tuesday will be the first of 9 games head to head between the two NL West rivals over the last 38 days of the season, including the last three games of the season played in San Francisco.
Angel Pagan an outfielder for the Giants has a hitting streak of 18 straight games entering this game, but did not play in the Giants loss on Sunday to the Mets due to an injured groin.
On Monday, Adrian Gonzalez belted three home runs while knocking in 8 runs in the Dodgers 18-9 victory over Cincinnati. Gonzalez is currently on a tear with a 15-game hitting streak and 6 home runs and 19 RBIs over that stretch.
Los Angeles shortstop Corey Seager has 26 hits in 53 at bats during his current hitting streak of 13 straight games.
San Francisco is 4-8 in games decided by one run since returning from the All-Star Game.
Los Angeles right fielder Josh Reddick has not knocked in a run in his 18 games played for the Dodgers since being trade from Oakland.
Prediction: The Dodgers are coming off a 18-9 win and could have a let down against Bumgarner and the Giants. Lean here toward the visitor.