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Dodgers Play Three Huge Games in San Francisco

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It seems like just yesterday that the Dodgers kicked off their season on a sunny day in sunny California. They had their ace on the mound and a season of high expectations ahead of them. It did not start as planned. The boys in blue did not score a run against Ty Blach who was forced into an Opening Day start by a myriad of injuries to the Giants’ rotation. All it took was a Joe Panik solo shot to give the Dodgers a loss in the opening series.

We all know how it went from there. The team finished the first month of the season with a 12-16 record and a staggering eight games behind the streaking Diamondbacks. Arizona is now a distant third place and eliminated from the playoffs, but the Rockies are the juggernaut. Colorado just will not stop winning games and racking up ridiculous offensive numbers in the final push of the season.

So it comes down to this. Three games in San Francisco for all the marbles. The Dodgers and Giants have squared off 16 times this season, and San Francisco has walked away with nine wins. Things are a little bit different though. The Giants have lost 18 games in September and squeaked out just five wins.

They no longer have Andrew McCutchen(trade to NYY), Austin Jackson(trade to NYM), Buster Posey(hip surgery), Brandon Belt(knee surgery), Jeff Samardzija(shoulder), Pablo Sandoval(hamstring), and Johnny Cueto(Tommy John surgery) just to name a few.  Simply put, they are not a very good team this season.

There is one factor that will be quite the obstacle for the Dodgers though. Madison Bumgarner, who missed the first series, will pitch Friday evening. He has thrown two games against Los Angeles in 2018, to the tune of five earned runs over 12 innings of work. Dereck Rodriguez and Andrew Suarez are scheduled to pitch Saturday and Sunday. The Dodgers have not seen Rodriguez yet, but Suarez dominated them for six innings back in August.

Playoffs On the Line

The Dodgers can sweep this entire series and still potentially not win the west. The Rockies square off for three games against the Nationals and have won seven straight. Washington has still not announced their starters for Saturday and Sunday, but here’s hoping that Max Scherzer gets one more dominant start in for the year.

Should the Rockies lose one and the Dodgers win all three, there will be a one-game playoff at Dodger Stadium on Monday. Realistically, it looks like the Dodgers best path to the postseason is going to be via the wild card. That game will be played either at Wrigley Field against the Cubs or in Milwaukee against the Brew Crew. Both very good teams, but the Brewers might be the scary one at the moment.

Dodgers to Watch

Chris Taylor– CT3 has had one heck of a month, slashing .354/.436/.625 to go along with his three homeruns. His on-base percentage is by far the best he has put up in a month all season long.

Hyun-jin Ryu– Ryu has been ridiculous since he came back from the disabled list. Over his past eight starts, he has thrown 46.2 innings and allowed just ten earned runs, good for a 1.93 earned run average. He has also only walked three batters in that time.

Walker Buehler– The young flamethrower continues to absolutely baffle hitters just as he has all year long. Over his last 11 starts, he has tossed 68.2 innings and given up 13 runs. That puts him at a 1.70 ERA, and he has struck out a staggering 84 hitters in that timeframe.

Outlook

There’s no doubt that this season has been a tough one for the Dodgers faithful. But there is still hope. The boys can still pull it all together and go on a streak. And what better way to start a ridiculous run than right before the playoffs? October baseball folks, fall is in the air.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. “Dodgers Play Three Huge Games in (San Francisco” – the Hell in Dodger history), against the devils who have nothing to play for except to ruin another season for their oldest rivals. If you watch the games, you have to listen to SF fans sickening chant: “Beat LA,” ad nauseam.
    Even if we don’t go far into the postseason, let’s beat these punks this weekend.

  2. The Dodgers will lose ..they are a bunch of overpaid.. underachievers..with a manger who can’t do the job

  3. LET’S go blue crew ! A MAJOR collapse if the Dodgers don’t get in! Giants are a HUGE rival and what better way getting something out of this losing season than knocking the Dodgers out of play off contention. It’s now or never !

  4. Its a good thing those early games that the Dodger wrote off as “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” didn’t count toward anything.

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