Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 9.31 ERA) vs. Julio Urias (1-0, 2.45 ERA)
The San Francisco Giants and LA Dodgers will tangle at Dodger Stadium this weekend for three games. They will be at home for the next seven games, as they host the San Diego Padres following a dance with their rivals. The Dodgers are coming off a 7-6 win over the Padres on Wednesday in San Diego.
It was an intense 9th inning, with the Dodgers getting away with a win by inches. With Kenley Jansen already conceded a run, the Padres had runners on the corners with 1 out. A sac-fly seemed certain, but left fielder Chris Taylor had different plans.
Taylor rifled home a ball to get the runner at home to end the game. It was one heck of a throw by Taylor to save the day for the Dodgers. Game over. The Dodgers escaped with a 7-6 win thanks to the arm of Taylor. Jansen owes him a beer after that game. The Dodgers advanced to 9-4 on the season, and currently a half game back of the Colorado Rockies in the NL West.
If they stay the course, the Dodgers should be able to win the division. Never mind the NL West. The Dodgers must win the World Series or it’s going to be another disappointing ending to the season. You don’t spend as much money as the Dodgers have and expect anything less. The Giants would love to spoil their party and play a role in preventing the Dodgers from doing that. The Giants on a record of 6-8 and 4 games behind the Dodgers. They have work to do and in the midst of a rebuilding phase.
Don’t expect anything too crazy out of the Giants in 2020. Despite bringing back fan favorites Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence, this Giants team isn’t the same team they were when the Giants won a World Series with Sandoval and Pence. Jeff Samardzija will look to get his season going in the right direction for the Giants. The Dodgers are expected to counter with Julio Urias at home. Head below for our free San Francisco Giants vs. LA Dodgers pick for August 7, 2020.
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Jeff Samardzija hopes to turn a corner on the season tonight against a dangerous offense. He has not been in good form, and has struggled with getting his velocity on track. Far too often this season, Samardzija has left out some juicy pitches right over the plate. That’s not going to work against the Dodgers. He’s going to have to do a better job of mixing up his pitches or it’s going to be a long night for him. Samardzija has conceded 11 hits and 10 earned runs in 9.2 innings against the Rangers and Padres.
He’s coming off a rocky outing versus the Rangers on August 2. The Rangers got to Samardzija for 7 hits and 5 earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. He has already allowed 3 home runs this season. The Dodgers are one of the best in connecting for the long ball in the majors, so this doesn’t look like a good matchup for Samardzija. When he’s in good form, Samardzija can be a good pitcher, but there doesn’t seem to be much confidence for him at the moment.
23-year-old Julio Urias has been terrific for the Dodgers. The Dodgers are hoping for a breakout campaign for Urias, and he’s delivered thus far. Urias has a 2.45 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 11 innings of play. In his first outing of the season, Urias was sharp against the Giants with 1 earned run allowed in 5 innings. That equates to a rock solid ERA of 1.80 for Urias. In 20 at-bats against Urias, the Giants are hitting a measly .137 with no home runs. The Dodgers won by an inch on Wednesday, but I think they do it by a much greater margin than that on Friday back at home tonight.