LA Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants Preview and Free Pick

LA Dodgers (33-30) at San Francisco (37-26)
When: Sunday, June 12th 2016
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: ESPN

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to win a rare series in San Francisco against the Giants when the two teams square off in the rubber-match of their three-game series on Sunday Night Baseball. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen came on in the 10th inning yesterday with a 4-3 lead, but surrendered two runs including the walk-off hit by Buster Posey as the Giants evened the weekend series. Justin Turner hit the game-winning homer off of Giants closer Santiago Casilla in Friday night’s 3-2 victory. The Dodgers are just 4-12 in their last 16 games at AT&T Park. The win by San Francisco stretched their lead to four games over the Dodgers in the National League West standings. Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will restart his minor-league rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.


Pitchers: Dodgers – Julio Urias (0-1, 6.94 ERA) | Giants – Jake Peavy (2-6, 6.41)

Rookie Julio Urias is still looking for his first major league victory after three starts. Urias struck out seven over four innings and threw a career-high 86 pitches on Tuesday against Colorado while allowing one run on three hits. The encouraging performance was a step forward after Urias allowed 13 hits and eight earned runs in his first two starts covering 7.2 innings. The left-handed Urias was bumped up a day in the rotation to face the Giants, whose lineup is dominated by left-handed hitters.

While Urias seeks his first win, Jake Peavy will be looking for win number 150 on Sunday night. Peavy failed to protect a 3-1 lead and allowed four runs while striking out five over five innings in last Sunday night’s loss to the Cardinals. He had allowed one run and seven hits in his previous two starts covering 13.2 innings. Chase Utley is 1-for-17 against Peavy, who is 14-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 30 career starts against the Dodgers but surrendered four runs and 10 hits in five innings in his first start of the season on April 7th.

Both pitchers are not to be trusted. I called the Peavy over last Sunday night, and I’ll call for it again. Giants hitter will be patient with the young left-hander and the Dodgers will get to Peavy early. Remember, the Giants used eight relievers yesterday. No fresh arms in the bullpen.

Pick: Over 8 -120