What looked at the beginning of the season like it might be a pivotal series between two NL West titans kicks off tonight in the most anticlimactic way possible, with the Dodgers already having clinched the division and playing with an eye on October while the Giants are barely clinging to a tiny shred of hope for the third Wild Card spot and realistically just trying not to finish below .500 the year after winning 107 games.
The Dodgers, in their second game since clinching the West, will send Dustin May to the mound. May has only pitched against the Giants once in his career, allowing one run in 4.1 innings in a no-decision two years ago. He is 1-2 overall this year in four starts since returning from Tommy John surgery, looking to bounce back from a couple subpar starts against the Padres.
Unsurprisingly, since May has only faced the Giants once, the current San Francisco roster doesn’t have a ton of experience against him. Wilmer Flores is 1-for-3, Mike Yastrzemski is 2-for-3, and Lewis Brinson is 1-for-2. No one on the Giants roster has had an extra-base hit off May, and they’ve all combined for a .496 OPS in just 21 plate appearances.
The Giants will counter with Logan Webb, who has faced the Dodgers a lot, including three times this year. Webb is 13-8 with a 2.88 ERA overall this year, and 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA against Los Angeles. Most of the damage came in an August 1 start in San Francisco when the Dodgers scored six earned runs in five innings.
The Dodgers roster has plenty of experience against Webb, and several players have had good success. Max Muncy is 5-for-18 with two homers (1.046 OPS), Mookie Betts is batting .450 with a 1.026 OPS, Freddie Freeman is 9-for-18 with a double and a homer (1.222 OPS), and Will Smith is 4-for-15 with three doubles.
After a one day hangover game off, the top of the lineup is back to normal. No real surprises at all with this one. Gavin Lux does remain out.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 16, 2022
Today’s game will mark the 143rd game of the season for LA. They are currently 98-44, on pace for 112 wins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm PT.
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