The Los Angeles Dodgers will finish off their regular season with three games against their rivals from San Francisco. Their performance in those contests will determine whether theyâ€™ll have any chance to extend their season and play in the postseason.
The Dodgers enter the week two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the final wild card berth in the National League. They have plenty of momentum as theyâ€™ve won five straight but theyâ€™ll need ample assistance from the Cardinals if they are to make the comeback.
Both teams are facing division leaders that have already clinched their postseason position as the Cardinals will host the Cincinnati Reds. Both them and the Giants arenâ€™t likely to over exert themselves considering very little is on the line.
The Dodgers will put Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano and Clayton Kershaw on the mound for their series. Harang has pitched well since the All-Star break, posting an ERA of 3.51 in that span, but heâ€™s received little run support as the Dodgers have scored just 19 runs in his last six starts. Capuano will start on Tuesday and he comes in with plenty of momentum as the Dodgers have won four of his last five starts. Meanwhile, Kershaw has been lights out since his return, winning both starts while pitching 13 innings and allowing just one earned run.
The Giants wonâ€™t make it easy on them as theyâ€™ll counter with Matt Cain, Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong. Combined, that trio of starters has pitched 53 innings against the Dodgers this season and has given up a measly 15 earned runs (2.55 ERA).
The MLB odds makers should have the Dodgers favored for each of these games as they are on a winning streak, they are at home and they need these games more. Theyâ€™ll likely need to see the Cardinals get swept if theyâ€™re to have a realistic shot at making the playoffs.