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Dodgers host Giants for four games

Dodgers to finish first half with 20 games against NL West

Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers
One series highlight will happen on Tuesday evening when Kershaw starts on his bobblehead night
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After defeating the Cubs to take three of four against a NL Central Division foe, the Dodgers now begin a 20-game stretch against their fellow NL West Division teams; This will begin with a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants had their four-game winning streak snapped with their loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The Dodgers enter the week with a 10½ game lead over both the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Game one: Kenta Maeda (7-3, 3.89 ERA) vs. Tyler Beede (0-2, 8.06 ERA)

Monday, June 17 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

Kenta Maeda has been a different pitcher at home versus away from Dodger Stadium this season. While he has a 2-3 record with a 5.67 ERA on the road, he is 5-0 in his five starts at Dodger Stadium with a 1.69 ERA.

He has 35 strikeouts against five walks in 32 innings pitched at home and he is averaging 1.12 HR per nine innings at home. On the road, he has 38 strikeouts and 17 walks in 39⅔ innings with 1.59 home runs per nine innings.

Maeda has made one start, a no-decision, against the Giants this year. He pitched five scoreless innings at Oracle Park on April 29th.

Tyler Bedee has made two of his four 2019 starts in June and he did not pitch well in either of them. He gave up six runs (five earned) in five innings against the Mets on June 5th. And then in his last start on June 11th against the Padres, he gave up four runs in 4⅔ innings.

Bedee has never faced the Dodgers and the only player in the Dodger organization to hit against him is A.J. Pollock.

Game two: Clayton Kershaw (6-1, 3.13 ERA) vs. Shaun Anderson (2-1, 3.97 ERA)

Tuesday, June 18 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

Clayton Kershaw will be making his 23rd start against the Giants at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. While his record is only 9-6, he has a 1.86 ERA in 159⅓ innings pitched. Kershaw has 177 strikeouts against 20 walks.

Kershaw has gone six or more innings in all of his 11 starts this season and he has given more than three runs in just one of those starts.

Shaun Anderson made his major league debut a little over a month ago on May 15, 2019. Overall, he has made six starts and has compiled 34 innings pitched with 22 strikeouts and 11 walks.

This will be his first game against the Dodgers.

Game three: Rich Hill (4-1, 2.60 ERA) vs. Drew Pomeranz (2-6, 6.43 ERA)

Wednesday, June 19 - 6:10 p.m. PDT

Rich Hill is 3-0 in his three June starts. He has pitched 19 innings and given up five runs and 17 hits this month. Also, he has struck out 22 and walked six.

In 10 career starts against the Giants while wearing a Dodger uniform, Hill is 6-1 with 56 strikeouts in 52⅔ innings pitched.

This is the Dodgers fourth series against the Giants this season and Drew Pomeranz has started in each one of them. In those prior three starts, Pomeranz has pitched 14 innings and given up five runs and 12 hits. Overall, the Dodgers are hitting .226/.281/.396 in 57 plate appearances.

Game four: Walker Buehler (7-1, 3.06) vs. Madison Bumgarner (3-6, 3.87 ERA)

Thursday, June 20 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

While the Dodgers have not officially said Buehler will make the start on Thursday, that will be is regular rotation spot so for now, he is who will be previewed here.

Buehler has enjoyed pitching this month, in his three June starts, he is 2-0 with 0.41 ERA in 22 innings pitched. He has 26 strikeouts and just one walk.

If Buehler does line up on Thursday, this will be the second time Buehler has had Madison Bumgarner against him this month.

The Giants started Bumgarner last Saturday which meant that he would get at least one more start in Giants uniform against the Dodgers.

Like Pomeranz, Bumgarner will have pitched in all four Giants series against the Dodgers this season. And his 0-2 record does not reflect how well he has pitched against them.

He gave five unearned runs which included a Cody Bellinger grand slam in April and then he gave up the Bay shot by Max Muncy earlier this month. So while his 0.95 ERA in 19 innings pitched does not a complete story, if those five runs were earned, he would then have a 3.32 ERA against the Dodgers this season.


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