San Francisco Giants’ Darin Ruf (33) is forced out at home by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers are -170 favorites over the San Francisco Giants in Saturday’s game between these National League West rivals
  • With two starters in IL, San Fran intends to pitch a bullpen game
  • LA is going with lefty Julio Urias, who is 15-3 this season

The San Francisco Giants (86-49, 44-22) grabbed first blood from the Los Angeles Dodgers (85-50, 39-27) in their three-game weekend series. The winner of this set will hold top spot in the National League West Division.

Game 2 of the set goes Saturday night and oddsmakers are anticipating that LA will draw even again with San Fran.

The Dodgers are set as the -170 favorites to win Saturday’s game. LA is 39-25 as an away favorite this season.

Dodgers vs Giants Odds

Team Moneyline Runline Total
Los Angeles Dodgers -170 -1.5 (-105) O 8.5 (-115)
San Francisco Giants +150 +1.5 (-115) U 8.5 (-115)

Odds as of September 4th at DraftKings.

Saturday’s game features a 9:05pm ET first pitch at Oracle Park. Clouds are in the forecast, as are 7 mph wind. The game-time temperature is projected to be 72 degrees.

Jose Urias Stats

15-3 Record
3.17 ERA
3.38 xERA
1.03 WHIP
5.00 SO/W Ratio

Dodgers lefty Urias leads the National League with 15 wins. He’s won his last seven decisions. Urias is unbeaten since June 21. He’s allowed two earned runs or fewer over each of his last seven starts. In that span, Urias is 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA. He’s struck out 39 over his last 38.2 innings pitched while walking just nine batters.

Urias has worked a minimum of five innings each of the last 11 times he’s toed the rubber. He ranks among the top 6% in the NL in hard hit percentage (30). Urias is also among the top 7% in exit velocity (86.2) and the top 10% in bases on balls percentage (5.3). He’s 11-2 with a 2.71 ERA in 15 road starts during the 2021 season.

In four starts against the Giants this season, Urias is 1-0 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.  The Giants roughed him up for season-high seven runs and 11 hits on May 29. Over his career the southpaw is 1-3 with a 2.69 ERA against San Fran in 19 appearances, 13 of them starts.

Since starting pitchers Johnny Cueto and Alex Wood are each on the IL, Giants manager Gabe Kapler is going with bullpen games both Saturday and Sunday. It’s expected that he’ll either hand the ball to lefty Sammy Long or southpaw Jose Quintana.

Claimed on waivers Monday from the Los Angeles Angels, Quintana worked his 3.1 innings of scoreless relief with six strikeouts in his Giants debut the next night. He’s faced the Dodgers twice this season. Quintana has allowed one earned run and two hits in 4.2 innings against LA while striking out six.

Quintana has faced the Dodgers seven times in his career. Six of those appearances were starts. He’s 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA.

Long last pitched on Sunday, allowing six earned runs in 4.2 innings while opposing the Atlanta Braves. He’s faced the Dodgers once this season. The rookie pitched two scoreless innings against them on July 29. Long allowed two hits and struck out two.

Giants Batting Averages vs Urias

Giants Batters Batting Average vs Urias
Brandon Belt .357
Kris Bryant .200
Curt Casali .000
Brandon Crawford .267
Alex Dickerson .000
Thairo Estrada .400
Tommy LaStella .000
Evan Longoria .231
Buster Posey .400
Darin Ruf .308
Austin Slater .357
LaMonte Wade Jr .000
Mike Yastrzemski .200

First baseman Brandon Belt is among five Giants who are batting over .300 in their career against Urias. Belt is 5-for-14 (.357) with two homers and seven RBI.

Catcher Buster Posey (5-for-15, 1 RBI) and infielder Thairo Estrada (2-for-5) are both hitting .400 off of Urias. Centerfielder Austin Slater is 5-for-14 (.357) with a homer and two RBI. Outfielder Darin Ruf is 4-for-13 (.308) with an RBI.

Dodgers vs Giants Pick

The Giants are the first MLB team to go over 200 home runs this season. Ten different Giants have at least 10 homers. San Franciso hasn’t led the league in homers since 1972. The Dodgers are currently fourth in baseball in homers.

San Francisco owns the best bullpen ERA in baseball since June 1. The Giants activated third baseman Evan Longoria from the IL. Utility man Mauricio Dubon was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento.

LA has won three of four games in a row and seven of 10. The Dodgers are 16-4 over the past 20 games, 20-5 over the past 25 and 23-7 through the last 30 games. Since July 30th, the Dodgers are outscoring the opposition 143-78.

Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers (-170).

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