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Dodgers vs Giants: Lineups, Pregame Matchups, and More for September 6

The Dodgers dropped the first game of their series with the Giants last night, allowing five home runs — including four against starting pitcher Andrew Heaney — in a 7-4 loss.

Tonight, they look to bounce back in a game that, on paper, they really should win. A win tonight would mathematically eliminate the Giants in the NL West race, although their shot at the third and final NL Wild Card spot is still technically alive.

The Dodgers will send All-Star Tyler Anderson to the Dodger Stadium mound tonight, looking for his first win in his last five starts. He’ll need the offense to help him out, as he has pitched very well in those two losses and two no-decisions, posting a 2.49 ERA in 25.1 innings over those four starts. The Dodgers have scored just 13 runs in those four starts, and five of those came in extra innings in Miami.

Anderson has faced the Giants twice this year, getting a no-decision when he deserved a win and getting a win when he deserved a loss, so I guess that’s called balance. The crafty lefty has faced most of the Giants hitters plenty of times, with Brandon Crawford (two home runs, .904 OPS) and Wilmer Flores (homer, double, 1.137 OPS) having the most success against Anderson.

On the Giants side, it looks like they’re going with a bullpen game. John Brebbia has started three of their four bullpen games this year, so he seems like a good bet to start this one, although Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, and Freddie Freeman are a combined 5-for-16 with two homers and two doubles (1.165 OPS) against him in their careers.

LA goes with its A-squad lineup — sans Gavin Lux — against Brebbia and company. Justin Turner is back in the lineup after sitting a game on Monday. Mookie returns to right field and Chris Taylor gets the start at second base for the night.

Today’s game will mark the 135th game of the season for LA. They are currently 92-42, on pace for just over 111 wins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm PT.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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