Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 13, 2024

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May 13, 2024 6:31 AM
On Monday, May 13, 2024, at 9:45 PM, the Los Angeles Dodgers, currently holding a 27-15 overall record and 12-7 on the road, will face off against the San Francisco Giants, who stand at 19-23 overall and 11-8 at home, at Oracle Park. The Dodgers lead the regular season series 3-0, setting the stage for an exciting matchup.
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Dodgers vs Giants starting pitchers

In the upcoming face-off between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, the pitching match-up features Yoshinobu Yamamoto for the Dodgers against Jordan Hicks of the Giants. Yamamoto has had a solid season showcasing a commendable 2.79 ERA and striking out 47 in 42 innings, maintaining a WHIP of 1.00. On the opposing mound, Hicks, with an ERA of 2.30 and 35 strikeouts over 43 innings, has proven himself a formidable force as well, albeit with a slightly higher WHIP of 1.12. This match-up promises a tight pitcher's duel, spotlighting Yamamoto's precision and Hicks’ ability to stave off significant damage, making it a must-watch for fans of strategic, closely-fought baseball games.

Dodgers vs Giants game preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers are entering the upcoming series against the San Francisco Giants with a highly commendable record, highlighted by leading several major offensive categories. Besides ranking first in runs scored (220) and walks (178), the Dodgers boast a tie for first in hits (373) and a robust team batting average. The presence of Yoshinobu Yamamoto as the probable starting pitcher suggests a strategic pitching choice, considering his impressive performances thus far in the season. On the offensive front, key players like Shohei Ohtani, despite currently being day-to-day with back soreness, and Teoscar Hernandez, who leads the team with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs, make the Dodgers a formidable adversary. Given their potent combination of strong pitching and explosive batting, the Dodgers are well-positioned to capitalize against the Giants, particularly if Ohtani is active and continues his stellar .352 batting average performance.

Conversely, the San Francisco Giants face some challenges, reflected in their mid to lower-tier statistical rankings this season. Currently placed 24th in runs scored (159) and 17th in batting average (.239), the offense needs to find its rhythm to compete effectively against the Dodgers' strong lineup and pitching. Jordan Hicks stepping up as the probable starting pitcher for the Giants could be pivotal. Hicks will need to leverage his strengths and strategize effectively to contain the Dodgers' hitters. The offensive effort will miss the contribution of Michael Conforto, sidelined on the 10-Day IL with a hamstring strain, leaving a gap that needs to be filled by others like Thairo Estrada, who leads the team with 21 RBIs. The Giants will have to significantly step up both their batting and defensive game, aiming to exploit any potential vulnerabilities in the Dodgers' approach to clinch a win.

San Francisco Giants injuries

  • Vaun Brown (OF): Day-To-Day
  • Wade Meckler (OF): Day-To-Day
  • Will Bednar (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Trevor Mcdonald (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Patrick Bailey (C): Day-To-Day

Los Angeles Dodgers injuries

  • Shohei Ohtani (DH): Day-To-Day
  • Jason Heyward (RF): 10-Day-IL
  • Connor Brogdon (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Zyhir Hope (OF): Day-To-Day
  • Evan Phillips (RP): 15-Day-IL

Dodgers vs Giants predictions

The Dodgers are rolling into Oracle Park looking like the team to beat in the NL West, and I've got my eyes on a few players who are gonna make a statement tonight. Mookie Betts is due for a big game, I'm talking 2-3 hits, at least one XBH, and a run scored. That guy's a stud. Freddie Freeman is another one - he's been raking lately and I think he goes deep tonight. And don't even get me started on Teoscar Hernandez, he's been a machine in the heart of the order. I'm thinking 2 RBIs and a run scored for him.

On the other side, the Giants are gonna need some of their stars to step up if they wanna take down the Dodgers. I think Michael Conforto is gonna have a big game, even if he's not 100% healthy. He's got the talent to take over a game, and I think he gets 2 hits and an RBI tonight. Thairo Estrada's been a nice surprise for the Giants this year, and I think he keeps it going with a hit and a run scored. And don't count out Wilmer Flores, he's been hot lately and could be a difference-maker tonight.

So, who's gonna take this one? I gotta go with the Dodgers. They're just too deep, and their pitching is too strong. Yoshinobu Yamamoto's been dealing lately, and I think he shuts down the Giants' offense. Dodgers win 5-2, with Betts and Freeman leading the charge.

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