Giants, Dodgers heading in opposite directions

July 27, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

AP PHOTO FILE – In this July 21, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Los Angeles. With Clayton Kershaw sidelined by injury, the Dodgers are in need of a dominant left-hander. Baseball’s best team need look no farther than one locker past Kershaw’s in the clubhouse.(AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)

By Jeremy Harness

 The Los Angeles Dodgers are flying high these days, sporting a quite-lofty 71-31 record at press time. They are currently riding a five-game winning streak, and they have aspirations of a World Series title, something that they have not experienced in 29 years.

 The Giants, on the other hand, have recent experience with that, but it sure doesn’t look like it as you watch them play this season. They have the second-worst record in the National League with a mark of 40-63, and one of the remaining question marks is who will be dealt away before Monday’s trade deadline.

 The other question is what exactly Pablo Sandoval will do for the rest of the season, as this will determine what the Giants will do with their prodigal third baseman.

 Shortly after acquiring Sandoval after he was released by the Boston Red Sox after badly underperforming during his short time there, the Giants traded Eduardo Nunez to those same Red Sox for a pair of pitching prospects, so it will be time for Sandoval to show how much he has to give at this point.

 In the meantime, the Dodgers and the Giants will meet at Dodger Stadium for a three-game series that starts Friday night. Matt Moore, who is having a terrible season thus far with a mark of 3-10 to go along with a 5.82 ERA, will take the ball for the Giants in the series opener.

 He has lost each of his past three decisions, including one in Miami on July 7 that saw him give up five runs on 12 hits and last only 3 1/3 innings in the process.

 He will be opposite Dodgers lefty Alex Wood, who is trending in the exact opposite direction. He has a masterful 11-1 record with an ERA of 2.17. However, if there is a negative here, it’s that Wood suffered that one defeat in his last outing, a 12-3 drubbing at the hands of the Atlanta Braves on July 21, during which he surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits over only 4 2/3 innings.

 While the Dodgers continue their quest for that elusive World Series ring, it remains to be seen what the Giants will look like as a team at the end of the season.

 

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