National League West rivals square off in the finale of a three-game series Sunday as the Los Angeles Dodgers (100-44) take on the San Francisco Giants (69-76). The Giants will host this one at Oracle Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:08 pm ET.
The Dodgers will be looking for the sweep Sunday as they won the first two games of this series, 5-0 and 7-2. In Saturday’s 6-1 win, Julio Urias went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned), and struck out eight.
Offensively, the team hammered out 13 hits, including a two-run home run by Trayce Thompson in the second inning.
In what amounted to a bullpen game for the Giants, Saturday turned into a nightmare as reliever Sean Hjelle gave up six runs on eight hits while recording just three outs.
Wilmer Flores hit his 19th home run of the season, but with just five total hits, the Giants’ offense was not able to get much going against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are the favorites Sunday despite playing on the road. They are -184 to win, while the Giants’ moneyline sits at +154. The runline features San Francisco +1.5 (-110), and the over/under for total runs is 7.5.
Dodgers First To 100
With their win on Saturday, the Dodgers became the first team in the majors to 100 wins. Not surprisingly, they are the favorites to win the World Series this season at +310.
Taking the mound for Dave Roberts’ club Sunday will be lefty Andrew Heaney. In 12 games this season, he is 3-2 with a 2.84 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, and he has 84 strikeouts in 57 innings.
In his last outing, he picked up a win over San Diego after allowing just one run in five innings. He allowed just three hits while striking out six.
Keep an eye on the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts in this one. Against the Giants’ Alex Cobb, he is hitting .286 in 35 at bats with two home runs and six runs batted in. Joey Gallo and Justin Turner have also homered off the righty.
The Dodgers’ lineup is as deep, if not deeper, than any other team in baseball. Between Trea Turner (20 HR, 97 RBI), Max Muncy (20 HR, 62 RBI), Freddie Freeman (20 HR, 93 RBI), Will Smith (22 HR, 82 RBI), and Betts (34 HR, 77 RBI), they have five players with 20 or more home runs.
That number jumps to eight when you look at players with ten or more home runs.
Giants Trying To Save Face This Season
After winning 107 games and finishing first in the division last season, it has been a massive slide for the San Francisco Giants this season. With very little chance of a postseason berth, the Giants are just trying to save face at home, where they are 39-35 this season.
Taking the hill for the Giants in the finale will be righty Alex Cobb. In 24 games, he is 6-6 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and he has 133 strikeouts in 129.1 innings.
In his last three starts, Cobb has gone 2-0 with one no-decision. In that span, he has given up just three runs in 18.1 innings. Ironically, the three runs and the no-decision were against the Dodgers.
There are a few Giants’ hitters that have had success against Andrew Heaney. Albeit in just three at bats, David Villar is two for three with a home run and three runs batted in.
Lewis Brinson, J.D. Davis, Thairo Estrada, and Wilmer Flores have also taken the southpaw deep in their careers.
Take Dodgers To Win And Consider The Under
Even though Alex Cobb has the ability to put together a nice game, it is hard to bet against L.A. right now. They have won 12 of their last 13 against the Giants, and they have won six straight at Oracle Park.
While taking the Dodgers seems like a no-brainer, consider taking the under 7.5 runs (-112) as well. The under has hit in four of the last five Dodgers’ games and nine of the last 10 Giants’ games.