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Dodgers Need Bats To Wake Up In Game 4 vs Giants

Dodgers favored to even up the series at two against the Giants in latest odds.

The San Francisco Giants squeaked out a 1-0 road win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Division Series. The Giants will have the opportunity to win the series and advance to the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are on the ropes as they look to keep their dreams of a World Series repeat alive.

San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Date/Time: October 12, 9:07 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Dodger Stadium
  • TV Coverage: TBS, TBS-INT
  • Opening Odds: Dodgers -145 | O/U 9.5 (Line History)
  • Giants vs Dodgers Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Dodgers come into Game 4 as the home favorites going off at -145 on the moneyline. The Giants are the underdog at +117. The total is set at 8.5 runs with the UNDER going 6-3-1 in the last 10 between these two teams.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Anthony DeSclafani will be making his postseason debut on the mound for the Giants. The 31-year-old posted a 13-7 record with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over 31 starts this season. He didn’t fare well against the Dodgers this year over six meetings as he went 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA while allowing six home runs.

Los Angeles has yet to name a starter for Game 4, but we do know that Tony Gonsolin will be a part of the plans, whether in a starting or relief role. The right-hander missed much of the season due to shoulder inflammation, but according to manager Dave Roberts, that is no longer an issue. Gonsolin posted a 4-1 record with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 15 outings (13 starts) this year.

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San Francisco News & Notes

With a 1-0 win in Game 3, the Giants shut out the Dodgers for the second time in the NLDS. This time, the shutout came on the strength of a strong start from Alex Wood, who allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out four through 4.2 innings. Relievers Tyler Rogers, Jake McGee and Camilo Doval came in to close out the game in masterful fashion as the Giants held the Dodgers to just five hits in the contest.

On offense, it was Evan Longoria’s solo shot in the fifth inning that made the difference. Luckily for the Giants, their pitching has been strong, because the bats have managed just seven runs through the first three games of the series.

Los Angeles News & Notes

Max Scherzer put up a classic performance in Game 3 as the ace allowed just three hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out 10 through seven innings. The Dodgers were unable to reward their starter with any offensive support as his efforts went for naught.

Other than their nine-run explosion in Game 2, the Dodgers offense has been completely shut down in the series. With the fifth-best offense in the majors this season (5.07 runs per game), you’ve got to think that the big bats of Justin Turner, Mookie Betts and company will wake up eventually – though they’re running out of time.

How San Francisco Will Win

Both of the Giants’ wins in this series have come in shutouts. Though not necessarily sustainable, they’ll likely need to rely on more excellent pitching to beat the Dodgers and advance to the NLCS. At the same time, let’s not forget about San Francisco’s offense, which ranked seventh in the majors (4.92 runs). If their pitching falters, there’s still the chance that they can slug their way to a win.

How Los Angeles Will Win

Simply put, the bats need to get hot. We saw the Dodgers dominate in Game 2 thanks to big performances from AJ Pollock (two hits, two RBIs), Cody Bellinger (one hit, two RBIs) and a well-rounded display up and down the lineup. With clutch hitters like Corey Seager, Bellinger and Betts, we know the Dodgers have the firepower to get it done.

Computer Pick: San Francisco ML (+145)

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Shark Bites
  • Los Angeles is 16-1 in its last 17 home games.
  • San Francisco is 8-3 in its last 11 games vs the Dodgers.
  • The UNDER is 8-4 in San Francisco’s last 12 games.