The Dodgers took care of business over the weekend winning three games out of four against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. We witnessed Cody Bellinger hit his first two home runs of the season since coming off the injured list, one of those home runs was a walk-off home run on Saturday evening. Clayton Kershaw had a vintage performance pitching eight complete innings, allowing four hits, one earned run, and recorded 13 strikeouts in a 7-1 victory over the Cubs on Sunday night.
It seems that the Dodgers are heading on the right track, but there is just one concern. They are still 3.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. The Giants currently have the best record in the league, and the Dodgers are set to play against their long-time rival at Dodger Stadium for a quick two-game series beginning tonight.
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This season the Dodgers are 4-3 against the Giants so far in the season series, all their seven meetings were in late May. The Dodgers won the first 4 meetings including a three-game sweep in the Bay Area followed by just winning the first and only win in a four-game series at Dodger Stadium.
The Giants enter this series winning two-out-of-three against the Oakland Athletics over the weekend and having won eight out of their last ten games and currently has a win percentage of .649.
Trevor Bauer is projected to start for the Dodgers on Monday night who currently has a 7-5 record with a 2.57 ERA. Bauer's last outing against the Giants pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run, two base hits, and recorded 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 victory in the Bay Area on May 21. However, in his recent outing against the San Diego Padres, Bauer pitched six innings allowing three earned runs and threw 10 strikeouts.
The Giants will have Right-handed Pitcher Anthony DeSclafani to start on the mound on Monday night. This season DeSclafani is 8-2 with a 2.77 ERA, in his recent outing last Tuesday against the Angels he threw seven complete innings not allowing a run, only allowing three hits and nine strikeouts in an 8-2 victory against the Angels. DeSclafani has struggled in his career against the Dodgers, he has a 1-6 record against the Boys in Blue and has a 6.43 ERA in his 8 starts against Los Angeles.
For Tuesday night, the Dodgers will have Walker Buehler pitch as he currently has a 7-2 record this season with a 2.51 ERA. The Giants will close the two-game series with Kevin Gausman who has an 8-1 record for the season with an outstanding 1.49 ERA and recording 112 strikeouts in the season.
The Dodgers are currently in the race to be back in first place in the division and have the advantage to be a game or two behind the Giants if they win these two games. After the two-game series, the Dodgers will hit the road for an eight-game road trip starting with a four-game series against the Washington Nationals, followed by another four-game series against the Miami Marlins. They come back home on July 9th against the Arizona Diamondbacks before starting their All-Star Break on July 12th.
The first pitch for both games against the San Francisco Giants is set to be at 7:10 p.m. both being aired on Spectrum SportsNet.