Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. San Francisco (6/10/22) Starting Lineup, Starting Pitchers, Game Preview

The Dodgers are the favorite to win the 2022 World Series title at +450, they last won the World Series in the COVID shortened season of 2020, their first title since 1988.  The Dodgers are 16 games over .500 at 36-20, first place in the National League West and at -255 are poised to win their ninth National League West title in the last ten years.

In 2021, the San Francisco Giants were 107-55, first in the National League West, losing to Los Angeles in the NLDS.  Since their last championship in 2014, San Francisco has made two playoff appearance (2016 and 2021); they’re +2800 to win the World Series this season.  In 2022, San Francisco is five games over .500, third place in the National League West; they are +1100 to win the division and have an 82.9% chance of making the 2022 postseason.

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. San Francisco Betting Odds

The Dodgers are 19-10 on the road in 2022.  Against NL West rivals, Los Angeles in 14-5 this season.  The Dodgers have won both games this season against the Giants.  Against right-handers, Los Angeles is 23-14 this year.  Last season the Giants won 10 of 19 games against the Dodgers.  All-time the San Francisco/New York Giants have a 1,270-1,250 series advantage over the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers.  San Francisco has won 14 out of 26 homes this season.  The Giants are .500, 8-8 against teams from their own the division, the NL West in 2022.  San Francisco is a game over .500 against right-handed starters this season.

Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Lineup

RF M. Betts R
1B F. Freeman L
SS T. Turner R
DH J. Turner R
3B M. Muncy L
C W. Smith R
CF C. Bellinger L
LF C. Taylor R
2B H. Alberto R

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Jakob Junis (R)

This season, his first with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Freddie Freeman is hitting .283 with four home runs, 30 runs batted in with an .805 OPS.  He has 96 total bases, .438 slugging percentage and a .367 on-base percentage.  Trea Turner is batting .303 through 56 games this year.  The shortstop has 14 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 45 runs batted in (tied for third in the National League) and a .838 OPS.  Additionally, he has 105 total bases, 12 stolen bases and a .357 on-base percentage.  Last season, Justin Turner hit .278 with 27 big flies and 87 runs knocked in.  This year, Turner has 16 doubles, four home runs, 31 runs driven in, accumulated 70 total bases with a .650 OPS.  The veteran third baseman has scored 24 runs while slugging .365 in 2022.

Chris Taylor, who’s been serving mostly as a designated hitter and left fielder, has hit six home runs, and driven in 24 runs this year.  He also has 81 total bases, an OPS of .711, and a .443 slugging percentage in this campaign.  Outfielder Mookie Betts hit 23 with a .487 slugging percentage and an OPS of .854 last year.  This season, Betts is tied for first in the National League in home runs with 16 and second in total bases with 126.   He has an OPS of .950 with 39 runs batted in and a .575 slugging percentage.  Additionally, the Dodgers number 50 is hitting .297 with a .375 on-base percentage.  

Jakob Junis is 3-1 in eight games (six starts) with an ERA of 2.51 in 2022.  In 43 innings, he has 35 strikeouts, allowed 12 runs with a WHIP of .930 this year.  Before coming over to San Francisco this season, he pitched five seasons for the Kansas City Royals; overall Junis has a career record 32-36 with a 4.64 ERA. 

San Francisco Giants Starting Lineup

DH T. La Stella L
CF M. Yastrzemski L
1B W. Flores R
LF J. Pederson L
3B E. Longoria R
SS B. Crawford L
RF L. Gonzalez L
2B D. Walton L
C C. Casali R

San Francisco Giants Vs. Walker Buehler (R)

Joc Pederson fresh off his second World Series championship (Dodgers – 2020 and Braves – 2021), the left-handed hitting outfielder in his first season with the Giants leads the team in home runs (13), slugging percentage (.574) and OPS (.912).  The former Los Angeles Dodger is second in runs batted in (30) and total bases (81) for San Francisco in 2022.  For his career Pederson has belted 161 home runs with an .800 OPS.  Mike Yastrzemski is batting .288 this season in over 150 at-bats.  He’s hit 13 doubles, five home runs, drive in 21 runs and accumulated 72 total bases in 2022.  Additionally, Yastrzemski has an .865 OPS with a .471 slugging percentage this season.   

Brandon Crawford hit .298 last season with 24 home runs, 30 doubles, 252 total bases and 90 runs batted in.  The 2021 All-Star had a .522 slugging percentage with an OPS of .895.  To start the new season, Crawford has struggled this season, hitting .219 with six home runs, 24 runs batted in, 64 total bases with an .665 OPS.  Wilmer Flores, who’s capable playing all over the infield is hitting .261 in 51 games played this season.  He’s second on the team in home runs with seven and leads San Francisco in runs batted in (33) and total bases (82).  Flores in his third season as Giant has a .760 OPS with a .436 slugging percentage this season.  Thairo Estrada has played well at second base this season, hitting .273 in over 180 at-bats.  He has 12 doubles, three home runs, 23 runs driven in, 71 total bases with an OPS of .711 in 2022.

Last season, Buehler finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting; he was 16-4 with an ERA of 2.47, 212 strikeouts, WHIP of .968 and 6.7 wins above replacement.  In 11 starts in 2022, he’s 6-2 with an ERA of 3.84.  He has 52 strikeouts and 26 earned runs with a WHIP of 1.311 in 61 innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. San Francisco Giants Picks & Prediction

Los Angeles is averaging 5.30 runs per nine innings, tops in Major League Baseball. They have a team batting average of .248, eighth in the league, and their OPS is .754, best in all of MLB.  The Dodgers’ pitching staff has allowed 3.28 runs per nine innings, second in the league with opponents’ batting .217 against the team, third in MLB.  The Giants are averaging 5.11 runs per nine innings, third overall in MLB.  They have a team batting average of .242, 15th in the league, and their OPS is .727, ninth overall in baseball.  San Francisco’s pitching staff has allowed 4.58 runs per nine innings, 20th in MLB with opponents’ batting .255 against the club, 26th in the league.

The Dodgers have an advantage with one of the best pitchers in Walker Buehler on the hill, lifetime against the Giants he’s 7-1 with an ERA of 2.25 with 70 strikeouts in 67 innings and the highest scoring offense in MLB led by leading MVP candidate Mookie Betts.  I’m going with Los Angeles to win this game by at least two runs and as the clubs combine for over six runs.

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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