Los Angeles Dodgers (92-51 SU, 72-71 RL, 70-69-4 O/U) vs. San Francisco Giants (56-89 SU, 61-84 RL, 68-65-12 O/U)
MLB: Monday, September 11, 2017, AT&T Park, San Francisco, California, 10:05 pm ET
Lines: Los Angeles -185, San Francisco +170; Over/Under: 8
It’s the start of an early week set between a pair of NL West rivals in the city by the bay. The Los Angeles Dodgers play the first of three against the San Francisco Giants Monday night. Los Angeles was swept at home by the Rockies as they were dropped 8-1 by Colorado in the finale Sunday afternoon. San Francisco dropped the rubber game of their three game road set in the Windy City as they lost 8-1 to the White Sox Sunday. The Dodgers swept the last series between the teams, which was July 28-30 at Dodger Stadium.
Los Angeles Dodgers Try to Stop Slide
Los Angeles dropped their 10th straight and their 15th in the last 16 games as they were dumped by the Rockies. The Dodgers have the worst 16 game stretch by any team that started the stretch with at least 90 wins. Andre Ethier was the lone Los Angeles player with two hits in the contest. Alex Verdugo hit a solo homer, his first of the year, as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning to break up the shutout. The Dodgers were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Rich Hill (9-8) took the loss on the mound after allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Kenta Maeda takes the mound for his 26th appearance and 24th start of the season in this contest for the Dodgers. He is 12-6 with one save, a 4.02 ERA, a 1.125 WHIP, 31 walks and 130 strikeouts over 125.1 innings of work. Maeda recorded a no-decision in his last outing, which came against the Diamondbacks at home Wednesday. He threw five frames, allowing one run (none earned) on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts as the Dodgers fell by a 3-1 score. Maeda is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, four walks and 19 strikeouts over 14 strikeouts in his last three starts. He makes his fifth career start against the Giants in this contest: he is 3-1 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.678 WHIP over 19.2 innings. Maeda took the loss in his lone start at AT&T Park, which came on October 2, 2016. He allowed five runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts over 2.2 innings in a 7-1 Dodgers loss.
San Francisco Giants Look to Keep Dodgers Reeling
San Francisco was flat in the finale of their series against the White Sox and look to try to keep the Dodgers slumping. The Giants have nothing else to play for but to try and spoil things for their rivals. San Francisco finished with five hits in the game with Buster Posey the lone player with two. Jarrett Parker’s solo homer, his third of the season, in the second inning accounted for the only San Francisco run. Madison Bumgarner (3-8) had a dismal outing in taking the loss: he allowed six runs on 10 hits with a walk and four strikeouts over five innings.
Chris Stratton takes the ball for his 10th appearance and seventh start of the season for the Giants here. He is 2-3 with one save, a 4.10 ERA, a 1.56 WHIP, 23 walks and 37 strikeouts over 41.2 innings of work this season. Stratton recorded a no-decision in his last outing, which came last Monday on the road against the Rockies. Stratton threw four innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts in a 4-3 Giants loss. He is 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP, 10 walks and 15 strikeouts over 16 innings in his last three starts. He picked up the win in his lone appearance against the Dodgers, which came in relief: he allowed a run on two hits with a strikeout in one inning of work. Stratton is 2-1 with one save, a 5.06 ERA and a 1.781 WHIP over 21.1 innings in seven appearances, two starts, at AT&T Park in his career.
- Dodgers are 3-13 in their last 16 vs. National League West
- Dodgers are 1-6 in their last 7 road games
- Dodgers are 1-11 in their last 12 games vs. a right-handed starter
- Giants are 8-2 in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
The Dodgers have slumped mightily with 15 defeats in 16 games: they are fortunate to have stockpiled such a massive lead in the NL West prior to that run. Los Angeles has seen their lead for the NL’s best record trimmed to four games over the Nationals. The Giants have nothing to play for at this point in time but to be a pain for potential playoff teams. Until the Dodgers show they can win games again, you have to fade them slightly. The Giants are scuffling but give them the edge in this contest.
Pick: San Francisco Giants +170
Los Angeles is struggling on the mound and at the plate, which is a major reason that they have dropped 10 straight and 15 of 16 games entering this contest. The Dodgers have to get things together quickly unless they want to run the risk of a quick postseason exit. San Francisco is buried in the basement of the AL West and is battling the Phillies for the worst record in the National League. When Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish and Alex Wood can’t put a win on the board, you have to really be concerned for the Dodgers.
The over is 4-0 in the Dodgers’ last 4 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30, 6-1 in their last 7 road games, 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter, 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games and 12-3 in their last 15 vs. National League West foes. San Francisco has seen the over go 4-0 in their last 4 overall, 4-0 in their last four on grass and 4-1 in their last five against right-handed starters. With the Dodgers reeling and the Giants mediocre, look for this to go over the total.