San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers (-255,
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a magic number of one for winning
the National League West and, appropriately, will have their
magic man on the mound when they go for the division clincher.
Clayton Kershaw seeks his major league-leading 21st victory as
the Dodgers host the second-place San Francisco Giants in
Wednesday’s finale of the three-game series. Kershaw has won
six consecutive starts and can match his career high for
victories set in 2011, when he won his first Cy Young Award.
San Francisco is jockeying with Pittsburgh for the top wild
card and home-field advantage for the one-game playoff, and
fell a game behind the Pirates with the loss. While the Giants
may not want to witness Los Angeles clinching at their expense,
they also have a magic number of one for nailing down a
wild-card slot, leading Milwaukee by five games with five to
play. San Francisco is getting no production from the middle of
its lineup, with Hunter Pence mired in a 1-for-25 slump and
Pablo Sandoval in a 2-for-24 rut.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, CSN Bay Area (San
Francisco), SportsNet LA (Los Angeles)
Pinnacle Sports opened the Dodgers as -235 fave but have
moved to -255. The total has held at six.
INJURY REPORT: Giants – LF Michael Morse
(Questionable, oblique), CF Angel Pagan (Out for season).
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Giants (-175), Dodgers (-195)
WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid-70s with
clear skies. Wind will blow out to right field at 5 mph.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “The Giants seem to have
saved their worst for last, fresh off an ugly sweep at the
hands of the Padres. The Dodgers are giving up a few too many
runs right now, but they’re still in the driver’s seat to
clinch the N.L. West.” Covers
Expert Sean Murphy.
WAG WAR: Jake Peavy’s wife Katie Peavy and
Carl Crawford’s girlfriend Evelyn Lozada.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Tim Hudson (9-12,
3.52 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (20-3, 1.80)
Hudson won seven of his first nine decisions with the Giants
and owned a major league-leading 1.81 ERA on June 12, but he
has won only twice since then. The 39-year-old Hudson has been
knocked around for 14 runs in 11 1/3 innings over a three-start
skid, including a disastrous performance versus Los Angeles on
Sept. 13, when he was pounded for six runs in in a career-low
one-plus innings. Hudson has fared well away from home with a
2.88 ERA in 15 starts.
Kershaw labored through five innings at the Chicago Cubs last
time out, giving up three runs on seven hits, but still managed
to win his sixth consecutive start. Kershaw won at San
Francisco on Sept. 14 with eight innings of two-run ball to
improve to 13-5 with a 1.44 ERA lifetime against the Giants.
Kershaw has tormented Pence, who is 4-for-49 with 11 strikeouts
against him, while limiting Brandon Crawford to 1-for-17.
* Under is 16-3-2 in Kershaws last 21 starts vs. Giants.
* Giants are 1-4 in Hudson’s last five road starts.
* Dodgers are 4-0 in their last four games with Fairchild
behind home plate.
* Dodgers are 9-0 in Kershaws last nine starts as a home
favorite of -201 or greater.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 64 percent of wagers on Covers
Consensus are backing Kershaw and the Dodgers.