One of the most anticipated NLDS series in recent memory is heading to Los Angeles on Monday night, with the series tied at 1-1. The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the San Francisco Giants in a pivotal Game 3 featuring the two best teams in baseball.
San Francisco won 107 games during the regular season to win the NL West, and they got off to a great start in this series. The Giants have been the best story in baseball this entire season, but they still have work to do against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is the reigning World Series champions, but they struggled at times throughout the regular season. The Dodgers attempted to close the gap on the Giants but wound up finishing just one game short of another NL West Division title.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the betting favorites at -207 in Game 3 of the NLDS.
Giants Gotta Score
If the Giants are going to take control of this NLDS series, then they are going to need a big day on offense. San Francisco is going to be going up against one of the best pitchers in baseball, but they have shown plenty of power throughout the season.
Brandon Belt led the Giants with 29 home runs this season, and Brandon Crawford set the table for this team. San Francisco was great on offense in the series opener but really struggled to get anything going in Game 2.
Alex Wood starts for the Giants on Monday night, and he went 10-4 with a 3.83 ERA this season. The San Francisco offense could take some pressure off of their starter by coming up with clutch hits in this game.
Scherzer Starting For Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers will send Max Scherzer to the mound on Monday night, and that is going to give the home team a major advantage. Scherzer went 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA during the regular season, and he has been even better in a Dodgers uniform.
The Dodgers have a lineup that is loaded with talent, but they haven’t always been a great offensive team this season. Los Angeles was able to score nine runs in the Game 2 victory, but most of that damage came in the later innings.
Max Muncy belted 36 home runs and drove in 94 runs this season for the Dodgers, and he will need to show up in the postseason. Los Angeles will want to ride Scherzer on Monday night, but the offense can take some pressure off of the ace.
Dodgers Take Series Lead
San Francisco has been the best MLB team throughout the regular season, but things tend to change when it comes to the postseason. The Giants aren’t a very explosive offensive team, and they are facing one of the best pitchers in baseball on Monday night.
Max Scherzer got the Dodgers into the NLDS with a dominant performance in the NL Wild Card Game, and he is going to deliver again in this one. The Dodgers are going to find to just enough offense in Game 3 of the NLDS to support Max Scherzer and deliver a win on their home field.
Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 as they take control of this series by winning Game 3 of the NLDS by at least two runs.