Los Angeles is cruising to the top seed in the National League playoffs and are 3.5 games ahead of the Houston Astros for the best record in baseball. The Giants are usually in the postseason hunt at this time of year but this has been a lost season as they sit in last in the N.L. West.
This usually heated rivalry won’t be for much more than bragging rights as the Dodgers will certainly be going to the playoffs while San Francisco will definitely be staying home.
San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Dates: Friday, July 28, 2017 – Sunday, July 30, 2017
Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
The Dodgers have zoomed to a 71-31 record on the year. They have won five consecutive games heading into this series and are 10-2 since the All-Star Break. Los Angeles has a pair of the best young hitters in the game in shortstop Corey Seager and outfielder Cody Bellinger. Justin Turner isn’t a household name but he has been a ridiculously productive hitter this year. Los Angeles is a dominant team and may be the favorite to win the World Series.
The Giants are no strangers to world championships, but they have been one of the worst teams in baseball this season. The trouble started early on when ace Madison Bumgarner was lost for multiple weeks after injuring himself in an ATV accident. The offense has been inept and San Francisco has long been playing out the string.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Friday, July 28, 2017, 10:10 p.m. ET (Local TV)
Alex Wood (Dodgers) vs. Matt Moore (Giants)
The Dodgers have the best pitcher in baseball in Clayton Kershaw, but Wood has been right up there with him in terms of effectiveness in 2017. Wood is 11-1 with a 2.17 ERA on the season and has struck out 105 batters in 91.1 innings pitched. Wood is a health risk but as long as he is going out there he looks like one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Another subpar season from Moore seems to be closing the book on him becoming a top-tier starter, which was expected when he was younger. Moore is 3-10 with a 5.82 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. He has a .300 batting average against as well as too many walks.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, July 29, 2017, 4:05 p.m. ET (FS1)
Rich Hill (Dodgers) vs. Ty Blach (Giants)
Hill is 37 years old and not really categorized as one of the game’s better starters, but he’s very effective when on the mound. Hill enters with a 7-4 record and a 3.48 ERA. However, Hill is battling a respiratory ailment, which could be a concern if he is less than 100 percent for this start.
Blach is 6-6 with a 4.50 ERA. He was solid through early June but that success seemed to be on borrowed time since his strikeout rate is so low. Not surprisingly, teams have knocked him around of late and the Dodgers will aim to do so as well.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Sunday, July 30, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers) vs. Matt Cain (Giants)
Ryu has a 3-6 record and a 4.17 ERA. He has solid peripheral numbers and has given up exactly two earned runs in each of his past four starts. Ryu may not have the same electric stuff as his teammates Kershaw and Wood but he is a dependable starter, which has value.
Cain is a former all-star but his stuff has diminished over the past couple of years. The veteran right-hander has a 3-9 record and a 5.45 ERA. The Giants used to be competitive year in and year out led by the trio of Bumgarner, Cain and Tim Lincecum. Bumgarner is still elite, but Lincecum is gone and Cain may not be a starting pitcher after this season.