Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (1-1, 4.65 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants got into an exciting battle last night at Oracle Park. It was a back and forth affair early and then in the later stages of the contest, they did it again. The Giants erased a 6-4 deficit with a run in the 7th and 9th. Kenley Jansen just had to hold on in the final frame to close out the game, but he didn’t and to extras the Dodgers and Giants went.
The Dodgers must be aware that while the Giants may not be a great team personnel wise, they’re going to bring it against their rivals. The Dodgers are one team that the Giants will show up against to give them a good game. The Dodgers tagged Johnny Cueto with 8 hits and 6 earned runs in 4 innings.
The last time Cueto was pitching versus the Dodgers, he was on pace for a no-hitter. However, the Dodgers put an end to that in the bottom of the 1st with 3 runs. Julio Urias came right back with a spotty inning of his own. The Giants scored 3 runs to immediately tie the game back up at 3 runs apiece.
Those were important runs, as the Giants ended up winning the game by a score of 10-8. The Dodgers take their ninth loss of the season, and the Giants win their seventh in a row. The Dodgers own a record of 22-9 and a four-game advantage on the San Diego Padres. The Padres took a loss last night as well. Their game wasn’t close, with the Mariners running away for a 8-3 win.
The Padres didn’t take the Mariners seriously and they took a loss for it. I don’t think that was the problem for the Dodgers. If Urias didn’t get punched in the mouth to open the game, then the Dodgers get out of Tuesday night with a win at Oracle Park.
Clayton Kershaw looks to pick up the pieces for the Dodgers and end the Giants’ seven-game winning streak on Wednesday. Former Oriole, Kevin Gausman, is expected to counter for the Giants at home. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Giants pick for August 26, 2020.
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Clayton Kershaw will be called on to put an end to the party for the Giants. They are on a seven-game winning streak, and have a sizable challenge in front of them if they want to make it eight. Kershaw is back in a groove after allowing 4 runs on August 8 against the Giants. He gets another chance to make up for that poor performance tonight.
That’s the only game this season that Kershaw has allowed more than 1 earned run in. Since giving up 4 to the Giants, Kershaw has been in great form with just 2 earned runs yielded in 14 innings. Through that stretch, Kershaw has given up 5 hits and issued 3 walks.
Kershaw is typically strong versus the Giants. He has held them to a .224 batting average in 262 at-bats. That’s a big sample size, and the Giants have managed to hit only 3 long balls against Kershaw. After struggling in his first outing against them this season, I can see Kershaw bouncing back and returning the favor at Oracle Park. Kevin Gausman has a big task against the most dangerous offense in the majors.
The Dodgers have hit 5 home runs and 15 runs on Gausman in 100 at-bats. They’ve connected for a .268 batting average and .316 OBP versus Gausman, who has slightly below average in 2020. Gausman enters this contest with an ERA of 4.65 and 1.29 WHIP through 31 innings. He struggled with the Braves and Reds last season, posting a 5.72 ERA and 1.42 WHIP through 31 games. Tough ending to the night for the Dodgers on Tuesday, but we should get a response from them behind Kershaw in this one.