Giants vs. Dodgers: Los Angeles SP Clayton Kershaw Takes the Hill at Dodger Stadium

The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers will continue a National League West series on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 ET

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are heavy favorites over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night

San Francisco entered its series against Los Angeles off a 4-5 homestand, as the club has continued to struggle at the plate in clutch situations.  The Giants are hitting .206 with runners in scoring position, which is the third-lowest mark in the majors, sitting behind only the Athletics (.189) and Marlins (.198).  The pitching staff has continued to do a fantastic job, limiting opponents to three earned runs or fewer in 17 of the past 18 games.  San Francisco is 5-2 in its last seven road games against left-handed starters.

Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (0-2, 3.42 ERA) is coming off a 3-2 home loss to the Miami Marlins, giving up two runs (one earned) and eight hits over seven frames.  The right-hander has yet to earn a decision in two road starts this year, posting a 4.85 ERA, as opposing hitters are batting .255 against him.  In 13 career games (four starts) versus the Dodgers, Vogelsong has registered an even 2-2 mark and 4.68 ERA, including a 1-1 record and 6.52 ERA in four appearances (one start) at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles will certainly be glad to return to Southern California, opening this series with a 10-2 home record, which is far better than its even 8-8 mark on the road.  The Dodgers are still being led offensively by the play of outfielder Matt Kemp, who has managed to hit .452 with six home runs and 10 RBIs at home before Monday night’s contest.  He has been hampered a bit by tightness in his left hamstring, but still possesses the longest consecutive-game streak in the majors at 392 games.  Los Angeles is 7-3 versus divisional foes.

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 2.63 ERA) has led the club to five wins in his six starts, but didn’t factor into the decision in a 8-5 road loss to the Colorado Rockies last time out.  The left-hander is 1-0 with a 2.66 ERA in three home starts, issuing just four walks and 16 strikeouts in 20.1 frames.  In 12 career games (11 starts) versus the Giants, Kershaw has registered an impressive 6-1 record and 1.25 ERA, as opposing hitters are batting .197 against him.

Bettors will likely back the Dodgers due to their 40-19 record in Kershaw’s last 59 home starts, while the Giants are 2-5 in Vogelsong’s last seven efforts as an underdog.

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