The Los Angeles Dodgers looked like the Dodgers on Saturday, bouncing back from a lackluster Friday with Clayton Kershaw on the hill. Kershaw was outdueled by Drew Pomeranz of all pitchers in a 2-1 loss. It was the second win in a row for the Giants over the Dodgers by the same score. A small win for the Giants as they look to rebuild and seek a better future. The guy getting the starting nod for the Giants this afternoon is looking on playing for a better team by the end of the trade deadline.
The last decade has been a big win for the Giants over the Dodgers, though. The Dodgers don’t have one World Series to show for their efforts, while the Giants have three of them. LA certainly spent more money in bringing in talent to get a championship, but the Giants are going into 2020 with three of them.
The Dodgers, once again, are a favorite to win the World Series in 2019. It’s a little exhausting saying it over and over against that the Dodgers are favorites this season. They’ve been favorites to get it done for the past few years and have failed in all instances. The closest they got was a loss to the Red Sox in the World Series a season ago. The Dodgers will go into Sunday with a record of 44-21 and a 10-game lead in the NL West.
Madison Bumgarner is all but out before the trade deadline in San Francisco. I think he’s more of a lock than any of the other top pitchers rumored to be traded this season. Other than holding onto the past, there isn’t much of a reason for the Giants to keep Bumgarner in their stable. He may return and retire as a Giant one day, but he’s likely going to a contender in a search of another ring. Bumgarner gets the nod in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers will counter with 24-year-old Walker Buehler. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Giants pick.
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Buehler made a nice impact as a rookie last season, but he largely went unnoticed pitching in a rotation with the likes of Clayton Kershaw. Along with Hyun-jin Ryu, there isn’t much time to talk about Buehler in Los Angeles. With an ERA of 2.62 as a rookie, Buehler certainly deserves more respect, though.
At only 24 years old, he has the potential of being a fixture in the Dodgers’ rotation for a long while. Buehler isn’t yet on pace for what he did last season, but he has been pitching well recently. Other than one trouble spot against the Mets, he’s been on fire since May 11th.
Note that Buehler has allowed a run or less in five of his last six starts. Maybe his ERA isn’t on par with 2018 thus far, but he’s sure been pitching like the guy who notched a 2.62 ERA this past season. In his last three games on the road, Buehler has allowed just 3 runs in 20 innings. He’s been better on the road with an ERA of 3.38 as opposed to a 4.13 ERA at home. The Giants are hitting .250 with no home runs against Buehler in 28 at-bats. He participated in a 10-3 win over the Giants in April.
It’s been a different story for the Dodgers vs Bumgarner. While Bumgarner has had an elite career in San Francisco, he has had trouble against the Giants’ rival. The Dodgers are hitting .284 with a .329 OBP against him, which includes 15 home runs and 34 runs in 292 at-bats. For whatever reason, Bumgarner has been clueless against Enrique Hernandez and it’s a rather large sample size as well. He’s hitting .511 with 4 long balls in 45 at-bats.
Bumgarner has been average this season with an ERA of 4.05 and 1.20 WHIP. The Bay Area hasn’t been the friendliest to him either, with a 4.42 ERA in San Francisco. He is still going to give a contender a solid arm, but I don’t think his services are needed here any longer. Nevertheless, it’s been a heck of a career for him as a member of the Giants. Expect an adequate pitching job from him today; however, Buehler is likely going to go quietly go about his business and lead the Dodgers to their 45th win in 2019 on Sunday.