San Francisco (68-56) at LA Dodgers (69-55)
When: Tuesday, August 23rd 2016
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Time: 10:10 ET | TV: CSN Bay Area, SportsNet LA
The San Francisco Giants invade Los Angeles Tuesday night to take on the first place Dodgers to begin a three-game series. The Dodgers own a one-game lead over San Fran after yesterday’s 18-9 win at Cincinnati to split a four-game series with the Reds. Adrian Gonzalez continued to swing a hot bat by swatting three homers and driving in eight runs on Monday. Gonzalez has six homers and 19 RBIs while batting .410 during his 15-game hitting streak. SS Corey Seager is 26-for-53 with three homers and nine RBI during his 13-game hitting streak. The Giants owned the best record in the majors at the All-Star Break, but have since gone 11-23 to fall into second place. Angel Pagan is batting .356 during an 18-game hitting streak and hopes to play Tuesday after missing Sunday’s loss to the New York Mets with a groin injury. The Giants still own the top Wild Card spot and are three games clear of Miami.
Pitchers: Giants – Madison Bumgarner (12-7, 2.25 ERA) | Dodgers – Kenta Maeda (12-7, 3.29)
Madison Bumgarner has won his last two starts after going 0-3 in his previous five. He was not sharp in his last outing despite getting the win over the Mets. Bumgarner pitched five innings allowing six hits and four runs, but got plenty of run support. He is 13-8 with a 2.57 ERA in 24 career games (23 starts) against the Dodgers, including 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two outings this season.
Kenta Maeda has won his last four decisions, going 4-0 with a 3.45 ERA and limiting opponents to a .212 batting average in five starts since July 23rd. Maeda has been receiving plenty of run support also. The Dodgers have scored 49 runs in his last six starts. Maeda won his only start against the Giants on April 17th, allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings in a 3-1 victory.
The Dodgers are just too hot right now and the Giants are struggling. Bumgarner hasn’t been his usual lights-out self and he’s struggled this season against L.A. Look for the Dodgers to continue their hot play and beat the Giants tonight.
Pick: Dodgers -105