Giants vs. Dodgers MLB Dog of the Day September 20, 2016
Matchup: San Francisco Giants (79-71) at Los Angeles Dodgers (85-65)
Tuesday, September 20 – 10:10 PM EST
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
The Dog: San Francisco Giants +132
The San Francisco Giants suffered their 30th blown save Monday as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied in the ninth to win last night’s contest 2-1. The Dodgers now lead the National League West by a season-high six games with only 12 to play, but the Giants are looking good to cut the deficit tonight.
Johnny Cueto (16-5, 2.86 ERA) will go toe to toe with Rich Hill (12-4, 2.06) on the mound.
Hill is 3-1 behind a 2.70 ERA in six career outings against the Giants, and he tossed six scoreless innings against San them on Aug. 24 in his first start as a Dodger. Hill has been excellent since coming over from the A’s, but he suffered his first loss with the team on Thursday against Arizona, allowing four runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings and he’s due to regress.
Cueto is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA over his last six starts, and he tossed a complete game when he held the Cardinals to two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk in a 6-2 win at AT&T Park his last start. Cueto is 4-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 12 career starts against the Dodgers but he has posted a 1.69 ERA in the last three meetings.
San Francisco entered the All Star break with the best record in baseball, but the team need to start winning now if it is to build on its “Even-Year Magic” from 2012 and 2014.
The San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy remains confident the Giants can step up their game and make it to the postseason.
“These guys have been through it,” Bochy said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know this is a battle-tested group and they’ll go out there and play their normal game as hard as they can. They’re going to handle it. There’s no worry there.”