Kevin Gausman (0-1, 5.27 ERA) vs. Walker Buehler (0-0, 5.19 ERA)
The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers wrap up their three-game series on Sunday with a rubber-match. The Giants tied things up with a 5-4 win on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. This was a day after the Dodgers won comfortably by a score of 7-2.
Give credit to the Giants for fighting back especially with Clayton Kershaw on the bump. Kershaw was not on top of his game, and was credited with 7 hits and 4 earned runs in 4.1 innings. He was flawless in his first outing of the season, but wasn’t in the same form on Saturday.
Johnny Cueto had a no-hitter brewing, and then the Giants nearly blew the game completely with a 5-0 lead. Hunter Pence lost a flyball in the lights and the ball fell harmlessly in the outfield for a hit. He severely misplayed the ball and couldn’t locate where it was and the no-hit bid was over.
It nearly resulted in the Giants losing the game completely. The Dodgers added 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning and it looked like for a minute that a comeback was in the works. It was a nice job by the Giants’ bullpen to hang in there and keep a dangerous Dodgers’ in check for 3.1 innings. The Giants likely aren’t going anywhere this season. They enter Sunday with a record of 7-9 and don’t have the necessary talent in their lineup to keep up with other teams.
However, if they are able to spoil the Dodgers’ plans in some way, then that would be regarded as a win in itself. Two out of three games off the Dodgers would be a good way to frustrate them. The Giants will turn to former Baltimore Oriole, Kevin Gausman, on Sunday to steal a series win over the Dodgers. The Dodgers will counter with Walker Buehler, who has been a bit iffy out of the gates this year. Head below for our free San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers pick for August 9, 2020.
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It hasn’t been a picture perfect start to the season for Walker Buehler. He’s generally been a reliable member of the Dodgers’ rotation, but we’ve seen him have problems so far in 2020. Buehler posted an ERA of 3.26 and 1.04 WHIP last season and a 2.26 ERA and 0.96 WHIP as a sophomore the year before. While Buehler hasn’t been in top form yet, he’s only appeared in two games across 8.2 innings of work.
Buehler has yielded 6 hits and 5 earned runs against the Astros and Padres on the road. Now that Buehler gets a change to settle in at home, we will likely see a better pitcher on Sunday. At Dodger Stadium in 2019, Buehler notched an ERA of 2.86 and 0.89 WHIP. Conversely, he had an ERA of 3.66 and 1.20 WHIP on the road.
As long as Bueher pitches an average game for the Dodgers on Sunday, I think they should be fine against the Giants in this one. Kevin Gausman has given up 5 long balls and 15 runs against this Dodgers team in 79 at-bats.
The Dodgers are hitting .266 with a .355 OBP against Gausman in his career. Gausman has an ERA of 5.27 and 1.39 WHIP in 13.2 innings this season. He’s coming off a poor season with the Reds and Braves, posting a 5.72 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 31 games.
Gausman was good for a brief moment with the Braves in 2018 after getting traded from Baltimore to Atlanta, but has otherwise been an inconsistent pitcher in his eight-year major leaguer career. After Cueto cooled down the bats on Saturday night, expect to see the Dodgers responding with a big offensive in this one against Gausman. I’m on the Dodgers to deliver a nice response following a shoddy effort yesterday.