Julio Urias (2-0, 2.74 ERA) vs. Johnny Cueto (2-0, 4.35 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants renew a long-standing rivalry on Tuesday at Oracle Park. The series is scheduled for three games in San Francisco. These are teams on the opposite end of the spectrum at the moment, but the Giants still have their championships to flaunt.
The Giants were World Series winners in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are still looking for their first championship since 1988. Kirk Gibson, who is a 63-year-old now, was on that Dodgers team. In other words, it’s been a while since Dodgers’ fans have been able to celebrate.
That’s not to say the front office isn’t doing their best to buy a World Series. They’ve acquired several big ticket items in the past few years to put an end to the World Series drought. If it weren’t for the Astros’ cheating in the 2017 World Series, who knows what would have happened then. Would the Astros have even reached the World Series?
The Astros were still a good team then, even without the cheating, but Jose Altuve’s batting average in the .200 range right now would say differently. He had an opportunity to blow the game out with the bases loaded last night, but he struck out, leaving it up to Carlos Correa to bring home all three runners with a double.
The Dodgers can’t think about the past, especially three years ago, but they can control their destiny in 2020. Anything less than a win in the World Series would be a failure. The New York Yankees are banged up, and other teams in the National League aren’t all that scary.
The Padres and Cubs might be the most dangerous besides the Dodgers. Julio Urias is expected to get the call on the hill for the Dodgers. He’s coming off a shaky performance, and didn’t last long against the Mariners. That was unexpected for Urias. Dave Roberts wisely pulled Urias before his numbers would take a major hit. Veteran Johnny Cueto is scheduled to start for the Giants. Get our free LA Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants pick for August 25, 2020.
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Julio Urias was chased by the Mariners after completing just 1.2 innings. He couldn’t get through a couple of frames before Roberts went to the bullpen. Urias just didn’t have it on that day, as he yielded 4 hits and a run. He was able to strike out five batters, so there were some positives to derive from that performance, though. Other than that trouble spot, Urias has been excellent this season. Urias has allowed fewer than 2 earned runs in all of his five outings.
Two of those games were against the Giants. Urias was feeling it, with 2 earned runs allowed through 9 innings between two starts. Overall on the year, Urias has held in there well with a 2.74 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.
The 24-year-old is an important fixture in the Dodgers’ rotation following the departure of Kenta Maeda to the Minnesota Twins. Urias didn’t play a big role last season, but with Maeda gone, Urias must step up and for the most part has done that thus far.
Cueto is best known this season for losing a no-hitter because of Hunter Pence losing a ball in the lights against the Dodgers. At that point in the game, Cueto allowed no hits and just one walk through 5 innings.
It has to be frustrating for Cueto, and you have to feel bad for Pence, who by all accounts is a good guy. Pence, though, has since been released from the team because of a 0.96 batting average. Cueto has had success throughout his career versus the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are hitting .224 versus the 34-year-old vet in 179 at-bats. Cueto unraveled after getting flustered because of the lot no-hit bid. The Dodgers ended up scoring 4 earned runs on just 2 hits against Cueto. He likely isn’t going to carry a no-hitter into the sixth inning tonight, but should be in fine form. The UNDER at even money looks like a sharp play on Tuesday night.