San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The San Francisco Giants go for the three game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Wednesday. The giants are -135 favorites over the Dodgers with an over/under run total set at 5.5.
The San Francisco Giants have won nine of their last 11 games and after Tuesday’s win have stretched their lead in the National League West to four and a half games over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Brandon Belt homered, had two hits, and drive in three runs while Andres Torres, Pablo Sandoval, and Mike Fontenot all had two hits that were part of the 12 hits and five runs the Giants’ bats produced. On the mound starter Madison Bumgarner allowed four hits and three earned runs while striking out seven over eight innings of work to earn his fifth win of the year while Brian Wilson pitched the ninth inning to earn his 29th save of the year. For the series finale San Francisco starts “The Freak”, Tim Lincecum, who has won his last two starts but who isn’t quite having the season record wise that we have been accustomed to seeing from him. For the year Lincecum has allowed 106 hits and 43 earned runs while striking out 139 in 129 innings of work.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are a mess both on and off the field and while they have talent, it may be time for a liquidation sale at the trade deadline. On Tuesday Rafael Furcal had a hit and two RBI’s, Tony Gwynn had a hit and scored a run, and James Loney had a hit and scored a run as the Dodgers scored three runs off of five hits for the night. On the mound Rubby De la Rosa allowed nine hits and three runs, two of tehm earned, while striking out five over five innings of work while Hong-Chih Kuo allowed two hits and two earned runs while walking three in two-thirds of an inning to take his first loss of the year. To try and avoid the sweep on Wednesday Los Angeles turns to their ace, All Star Clayton Kershaw, who has picked up wins in four of his last five starts. For the season Kershaw has allowed 107 hits and 44 earned runs while striking out 155 in 137.2 innings of work.
San Francisco is 7-1 in their last eight games overall, 6-1 in their last seven home games, and 21-10 in Lincecum’s last 31 starts. Los Angeles is 1-6 in their last seven road games, 1-4 in their last five game three of a series, and 4-1 in Kershaw’s last five starts. San Francisco has won six in a row in this series and 8 of Lincecum’s last 10 starts against the Dodgers.
While we have two of the top pitchers in the game, the total is set agressively low, too low. I’m taking the over 5.5 runs.