In the National League West; two big rivals will get together on Sunday Night Baseball. The San Francisco Giants have the worst record in the National League, with just 40 wins on the season. The Giants are 5.5 games behind the Padres for fourth place in the division. The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in all of Major League Baseball. The Dodgers are 40 games over .500 on the season. Los Angeles leads Arizona by 12 games in the National League West. The Dodgers are favorites in this game over their rival, the San Francisco Giants.
Giants Terrible 2017
After several successful seasons, including 3 World Series titles, the San Francisco Giants have hit rock bottom in 2017. The Giants have been outscored by 112 runs which is the second worst in the National League. San Francisco’s offense ranks 28th with 407 runs heading into Friday’s game. The Giants are batting .245 as a team, and have a .305 on base percentage in 2017. The Giants pitching got their ace Madison Bumgarner back, but still have been one of the worst pitching teams in the league. The Giants have a team ERA of 4.65, and teams are batting .276 against them. The Giants won the final two games of the series against Pittsburgh, led by a Brandon Belt double on Thursday.
Dodgers Running Away with National League
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on fire, and continue to stay on fire. Heading into Friday’s series opener, the Dodgers were on a five game winning streak. During those five games, four of them saw the Dodgers score 6 runs. Los Angeles has moved to the 5th best scoring team in all of Major League Baseball. The Dodgers are hitting .260, led by Justin Turner, with a .362 batting average. The pitching for Los Angeles has cooled a bit, but still been fantastic. Clayton Kershaw, the staff ace has missed time, and will miss for a few more weeks. The Dodgers pitching sees a 3.12 earned run average, and opponents are batting just .224 against them in 2017.
Dodgers Get Win
The pitching matchup for this game is the worst of the three game series. The veteran Matt Cain is going for the Giants. Cain is looking to avoid his 10th loss of the season. He is 3-9 with a 5.45 earned run average. Cain has thrown 100.2 innings, and struck out 59 batters, while walking 41. Cain has a high WHIP of 1.67. For the Los Angeles Dodgers, they are looking to get Hyun-Jin-Ryu back on track. The righthander is 3-6 on the season with a 4.17 earned run average. He has thrown 77 innings in 2017 and struck out 74 batters. The Dodgers are the favorites in this game, and they should pick up this win on Sunday. Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants.
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