As of Thursday, the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the division is four. They’ll have a chance to clinch yet another division title this weekend at Dodger Stadium, as they welcome the Giants into town for a three-game series.
Friday: Clayton Kershaw (13-4, 2.96 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (9-11, 3.61 ERA)
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. PT // SportsNet LA
It’s been a rough stretch lately for Kershaw, as he’s allowed 11 runs over his last three starts. During those outings, he’s allowed eight home runs. In his last start at Arizona, Kershaw allowed five runs in five innings. It was the first time in his career he’s lost a game in which the Dodgers offense scored at least four runs.
Like most Dodgers pitchers, Kershaw has found greater success this season at home. He’s 9-1 with a 2.53 ERA. He’s also had success facing the Giants, as he’s posted better numbers against them than any other team during his career. In 46 starts, he’s gone 23-11 with a 1.68 ERA against them.
Jeff Samardzija has quietly been putting together a solid season for the Giants. His 3.61 ERA is the lowest he’s had since 2014. He got roughed up in his last start, allowing six runs and nine hits in only five innings of work. Prior to that, he had a 1.99 ERA and .172 opponents average over his previous 11 starts.
Saturday: Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 2.89 ERA) vs. Tyler Beede (3-9, 5.61 ERA)
First pitch: 6:10 p.m. PT // SportsNet LA, KTLA, MLB Network (out of market)
Tony Gonsolin gets yet another start, as he continues to impress in his rookie campaign. With so much uncertainty with the pitching staff come October, Gonsolin could very well find himself on the roster if he keeps this up. Over his last five games, his earned run average is 1.88 while holding opponents to a .174 average. He’s shown his versatility, showing he’s reliable both as a starter and as a reliever.
The Giants hope to back Tyler Beede up, as they’ve lost his last eight starts. As noted on MLB.com, teams tend to get to Beede early, as he’s allowed 18 runs in the first inning this season. Back on July 19, he threw eight scoreless innings. In his eight games since, he’s gone 0-6 with a 7.05 ERA while opponents are hitting .345 off him. In his one career start versus the Dodgers, he allowed one run in six innings.
Sunday: Walker Buehler (12-3, 3.28 ERA) vs. Dereck Rodríguez (5-8, 5.15 ERA)
First pitch: 1:10 p.m. PT // SportsNet LA
After being so dominant at home for most of the season, Walker Buehler had arguably his worst home start in his last outing. Against Colorado, Buehler allowed six runs in five innings. Prior to that, he threw 13 shutout innings while striking out 19.
Rodríguez is coming off one of the best starts of his season. Against the Cardinals this week, he threw seven innings while allowing only one run with seven strikeouts. Things haven’t gone well for Rodríguez in his brief outings against LA. In 5 2⁄3 innings, he’s allowed a total of 11 runs and 11 hits while walking more batters than striking out.
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