San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 6/19/19 10:10 PM ET Dodger Stadium, Long Angeles, CA, TV: Giants (NBC Bay Area), Dodgers (SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish, ESPN) Radio: Giants (KNBR 680, KXZM 93.7), Dodgers (AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020)
After splitting the first two games in the series, the Giants/Dodgers rivalry continues on Wednesday as Drew Pomeranz (2-6) will face off against Rich Hill (4-1) in the battle of southpaws. Over their past 10 games, the San Francisco Giants have gone 6-4 including series victories against the Padres and Brewers. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers have also gone 6-4, clinching series wins over the Giants and Cubs.
The Giants have continued to remain in the basement of the NL West and sit at 16.5 games out. In the Wild Card, they’re only 7.5 games back, perhaps suggesting that division leading Dodgers are just that much better. With the Giants not expected to make much noise within the next month, I expect this to be another game for Bruce Bochy’s Hall of Fame career where scouts throughout the league will be looking forward to seeing the bullpen in action.
On the flip side, the Dodgers have remained in good position as they sit 10 games up over the Colorado Rockies for first in the NL West. So far this year, LA has been almost unbeatable at home. Their 29-9 record at home is by far the best in the majors and their +119 run differential is nothing short of impressive. Expect the Dodgers to continue their great start as they look to once again look to pay a visit to the World Series.
1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Mike Yastrzemski (L) LF
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
5. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
6. Kevin Pillar (R) RF
7. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
8. Steven Duggar (R) CF
9. Drew Pomeranz (L) P
The Giants’ offense has yet to impress so far after stumbling for only 4 hits against Dodgers ace, Clayton Kershaw, last night. On Monday night, they fared slightly better with 3 runs on 3 hits. San Francisco continues to struggle offensively ranking 28th in runs and home runs and dead last in hits. No wonder the Giants haven’t been able to produce consistently both on the road and at home. Against another lefty, it’ll be interesting to see whether the Giants can find more success against Hill than they did against Clayton Kershaw.
Against Dodgers starter Rich Hill, the Giants have surprisingly had a lot of success. Brandon Belt has hit .429, Joe Panik has hit .444, Kevin Pillar has gone .333, Buster Posey has hit .474, and even rookie Mike Yastremski has gone 2 for 3 against Rich Hill so far. With so many hitters finding success against Rich Hill, there’s a good chance that the Giants’ offense finally wakes up.
On the pitching side, Drew Pomeranz has found success in his past two starts, going ten innings without giving up any runs. His adjusted delivery from a higher arm slot have paid huge dividends as his ERA has went from 8.08 to 6.43 in just two starts. While Pomeranz isn’t known to be a strikeout pitcher, he did strike out 7 Dodgers and 5 Brewers in his most recent contests. However, a road start against the lefty-mashing LA team on the road doesn’t look to be a very favorable matchup.
1. Joc Pederson (L) LF
2. Alex Verdugo (L) CF
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Cody Bellinger (L) RF
5. Max Muncy (L) 2B
6. David Freese (R) 1B
7. Chris Taylor (R) SS
8. Austin Barnes (R) C
9. Rich Hill (L) P
After suffering a 3-2 loss in the opening game of the four game set, the Dodgers came back with a dominating 9-0 victory behind Clayton Kershaw last night. They’ll look to continue that performance against Giants starter Drew Pomeranz who remained 2-6 despite recent strong outings. On the year, the Dodgers tank top 10 in nearly every offensive category and only look to add to that come Wednesday night.
Compared to the San Francisco’s immense success against Rich Hill, only one Dodgers starter holds a significant advantage against Pomeranz. If you guessed NL MVP candidate Cody Bellinger, you would’ve been spot on. Bellinger is a career .400 hitter against Pomeranz while starters Max Muncy and Justin Turner have turned in .250 and .167 performances, respectively. Surprisingly, lefty-killer David Freese has struggled against Pomeranz as proven by his .118 batting average against him.
Rich Hill spent the first few weeks of the season on the injured list before returning to the Dodgers rotation. Since then, he’s pitched to a 2.60 ERA while averaging over a strikeout per inning. In his past few starts, he’s given up a few runs thought nothing that the LA offense couldn’t help him recover from. Against a Giants offense that has been bad for the season but good against him historically, Hill is an intriguing play for tomorrow.
Giants vs Dodgers Betting Odds
The line is currently set at Giants -117, Dodgers +117.
The betting line surprisingly favors the Giants even as they rank as the poorer overall offensive and pitching team. Even though the Giants have done historically well against Rich Hill, there’s a lot that needs to go right for them to secure a win tonight. Has Drew Pomeranz finally turned his season around and can the Giants offense actually get hits? For the Dodgers, look for Cody Bellinger to continue his case for NL MVP and for Rich Hill to continue his recent stretch of success. The biggest question mark is whether Bellinger can get enough help from his teammates to score. The over/under line for this game is set at 9.3.
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