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Game Preview: Alex Wood Makes Return as Dodgers Try to Snap Losing Streak

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Jun 30, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood (57) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers

Time: 7:10 PM PT

Venue: Dodger Stadium

San Francisco Record: 59-59

Los Angeles Record: 64-56

How are the Dodgers Doing?

Fans on Monday witnessed a classic matchup between Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner. Kershaw displayed a marvelous outing in an attempt to win his 150th career game but his night was spoiled by the Dodgers’ underwhelming bullpen.

With the Dodgers leading 2-1 heading into the ninth, Scott Alexander blew the save, allowing four runs (three earned).

Why is this Game Important?

Tuesday’s matchup will be the 15th head-to-head matchup between the Dodgers and Giants this year. The Giants have taken eight of these games and are only five games out of first place. The Diamondbacks lost on Monday but maintain a one game lead in the NL West.

Pitching Matchup

Alex Wood (7-6, 3.58 ERA) vs Andrew Suarez (4-8, 4.64 ERA)

Alex Wood returns to the mound after a brief stint on the DL with left adductor tendonitis. Wood made his last start on August 3, where he allowed an earned run in six innings in a losing effort to the Astros.

Rookie southpaw Andrew Suarez takes the hill on Tuesday, facing the Dodgers for the first time in his career. His production has faltered of late. Over his last five start, Suarez is 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA.

Matchup of the Day

Manny Machado vs Andrew Suarez

Although his production has slowed down over the past few days, Manny Machado should have the advantage against Suarez. Machado has never faced Suarez before, but he is batting .293 with six home runs against southpaws this year. Right-handed hitters are batting .305 with 16 home run against Suarez.

Vegas Odds

Odds Sharks

Los Angeles: -180

San Francisco: +170

FiveThirtyEight

Los Angeles: 62% chance of winning

San Francisco: 38% chance of winning

Fun Fact

There have been 229 players to have played a game for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, with the most recent example being Tony Watson. Watson currently plays for the Giants, but pitched for Los Angeles in 2017.

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Written by Arthur Cribbs

Arthur Cribbs is a journalism student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan and when he is not at school, he resides in Los Angeles.

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  1. I will keep on writing this – the whole bullpen stinks, they and the stupid manager who keeps using them, are costing the team a chance for the postseason.
    You Dodger Nation writers are wasting your time if you don’t make management hear you.

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