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Dodgers' Roberts expects nothing but best from Giants

30 July 2017, 04:06 | Randolph Howard

Giants, Dodgers renew rivalry amid brutal gap in standings

Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Taylor watches his solo home run off Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday

Not odd like a guy wearing pajamas to work, but unusual like looking up to see two moons in the sky.

The only other time it happened was 1985. In three meetings this season, Blach has thrown 19 innings and given the Giants three solid starts. The Dodgers swept it.

They nearly never lose at home, either.

"He made just one mistake to Pence", Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said of his starter Rich Hill. The 26-year-old is 6-6 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.322 WHIP in 23 starts, but has had a tougher time on the road, where he owns a 5.49 ERA and a 1.393 WHIP.

The standings are just the beginning. National League West. Dodgers -273 vs. Giants.

Adam Conley (4-3) earned the win, allowing five hits, two walks and two runs in a season-high 7 2/3 innings. Dodgers fans can boast their superiority right now. The above examples notwithstanding, if you had to make a prediction as to who might win the World Series, it would not be unreasonable to pick the Dodgers.

The players leave that to the ticket holders.

"We've been able to mix it around and throw different pitches to different guys", he said.

That would be a wise choice.

"It was a curveball, but they had been throwing those pretty much all game after the first AB so I was ready for it, I guess", Seager said. Perhaps Magic hit it on the nose when he said the Dodgers need to focus on getting healthy (Kershaw and Gonzalez) and the talent will separate itself from the competition as they already have 102 games into the season. Wood is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in eight games (four starts) against the Giants.

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San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence strikes out in 1st inning. Whether or not they're able to make the most of the best record in baseball is yet to be determined. That will be the kind of baseball they'll have to fight against in order to win it all.

Only 27 times in 82 games has he gone hitless. But they have the depth in starting pitching to handle it.

The club is well on its way to winning their fifth consecutive division title, but that no longer is good enough for this team.

Paul DeJong's RBI single gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Yankees 5, Rays 4 • Brett Gardner hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning to beat visiting Tampa Bay, giving NY its sixth straight victory. Although an injury kept Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw sidelined for a second straight year, that didn't mean the event wasn't as lively as ever.

Angels 6, Blue Jays 5 • Cliff Pennington drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth as Los Angeles won in Toronto.

Kershaw left his start last Sunday because of lower back stiffness. He has a loud rate of 11.2 hits per nine innings, and like many pitchers has been beaten by the home run, allowing 17 in 111 innings. The Giants have dropped five of their last eight and could be without Brandon Belt for the next few days as the first baseman was scratched from Friday's lineup with a sore right wrist. Everyone stays true to it because we always think we can be better.

From Fernando Valenzuela to Hideo Nomo and Takashi Saito, the Dodgers have always been one of the best teams at signing foreign talent.

The Dodgers have the best bullpen ERA in the National League. The Giants have lost the season series to L.A. just once since 2009.

"But thinking about how you're going to go out there and be successful you have to take chances". There is your lifeline as you watch the Dodgers roll toward a date with October baseball.

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