Giants @ Dodgers September 5, 2022: Magic number down to 9 as the week begins

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Photo by: Cody Bashore

Having won another series over the Padres, the Dodgers (92-41) enter their final home series of the season against the Giants, who are somehow 8 games out of a Wild Card spot. Coming off a sweep of the Phillies, the Giants sit at 64-68 after going on a 2-11 stretch between Aug. 17 and Aug. 31.

The Dodgers have won 10 of 13 meetings against the Giants this season, and have won eight straight since being swept in San Francisco on June 10 to 12. As I mentioned back when the Dodgers played the Giants earlier this month, they are closing in on the franchise record of 10 consecutive wins set back in 1953.

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7:10 PM Los Angeles
CF Brinson 2B Betts
2B Flores SS Turner
DH Davis 1B Freeman (L)
3B Longoria 3B Muncy (L)
LF Estrada RF Thompson
SS Crawford (L) LF Gallo (L)
C Wynns DH Vargas
1B Villar CF Bellinger (L)
RF Johnson (S) C Barnes
P Webb (R) P Heaney (L)

While the Giants stacked their order with plenty of right-handed batters, Heaney’s splits this season haven’t been too significant. Against 52 lefties, Heaney is at .234/.294/.319 with a .275 wOBA and a 2.22 xFIP while 146 righties is currently at .200/.281/.423 with a .307 wOBA and a 3.06 xFIP. The biggest difference is the 7 homers allowed to righties versus 0 for lefties as the K% (35.6% to 34.6%) is just barely better to righties and the BB% (5.8% to 6.2%) is just ahead to lefties.

Mookie Betts gets another start at second base with Trayce Thompson in right and Joey Gallo in left. Gavin Lux remains out of the lineup, with Will Smith, Justin Turner and Chris Taylor all on the bench tonight.

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As for roster updates, the Dodgers swapped out one pitcher for another.

I believe that’s Ryan Pepiot‘s fifth time being optioned which means he would be exposed to waivers if they do it again.

While Jake Reed was claimed off of waivers by Baltimore, the Dodgers added another reliever to their organizational depth.

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As for many of those who are injured:

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First pitch is at 7:10 PM PDT on SportsNet LA.

About Cody Bashore

Cody Bashore is a lifelong Dodger fan originally from Carpinteria, California (about 80 miles north of Dodger Stadium along the coast). He left California to attend Northern Arizona University in 2011, and has lived in Arizona full-time since he graduated in 2014 with a journalism degree. He now works for the university’s athletics department after spending seven years with the local newspaper.