Los Angeles Dodgers
26-18
-122
50
+112
50
San Francisco Giants
28-16
Fri, May 21 - 9:45p ET   |   SNLA   |   Oracle Park
By Landon Smith

Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants MLB Baseball Preview and Free Picks

Los Angeles Dodgers Will Try to Get a Win When Meet San Francisco Giants from Oracle Park, San Francisco, California - Major League Baseball (MLB) Baseball Match Preview and Prediction Game on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Preview, Prediction and Picks

The defending champion of the Los Angeles Dodgers was supposed to lead a season-long battle with the San Diego Padres for the National League West title this season.

The San Francisco Giants were not considered to be on the same level as their two Californian rivals. However, it is the Giants who have the best record in majors like San Francisco and visiting Los Angeles for the first time this season on Friday night.

The Giants (28-16) have won five straight games and 10 of their last 13 before opening a three-game series. They lead the Padres by one and the Dodgers by two.

Los Angeles (26-18) is also hot, with eight wins in the last nine games. The Dodgers completed a four-game sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 3-2 victory Thursday, and allowed just six points in the series.

San Francisco enters the series after a four-game road sweep for the Cincinnati Reds for a cumulative 33-9, including a 19-4 win on Thursday.

Brandon Crawford homered and led by six points and Steven Duggar hit a grand slam for the best round of the season. The Crawford circuit was the eleventh of the season.

Evan Longoria and Darin Ruf also went safety for San Francisco.

The Dodgers won their sweep over Arizona thanks to Will Smith's decisive home run in the seventh inning.

The most talked about explosion, however, was Albert Pujols, who hit a two-run homer in the second. It was the first in four games since he came to Los Angeles and the 668th of his career.

Smith was on base when Pujols homered in the second run. It was a surreal moment for the 26-year-old wide receiver, who grew up in Kentucky idolizing Pujols.

Los Angeles sent a signal that San Francisco's streak was huge when they fired Trevor Bauer one day to start Friday.

The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.20 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP in nine starts. He caps the batting average at .146, after allowing just 29 hits, and struck out 77 goals in 57 1/3 innings.

Bauer, 30, has never faced San Francisco. He spent nearly seven of his more than nine seasons with the Cleveland Indians of the American League.

Longoria is 0-for-7 against Bauer in his time with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Alex Wood (5-0, 1.75 ERA) will start for San Francisco against his former teammates. Wood left Los Angeles as a free agent after last season and signed with the Giants.

Wood was excellent, allowing no more than two points in any of his six starts.

The 30-year-old southpaw is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in five career appearances (three starts) against the Dodgers. Justin Turner is 3-for-11 with a home run against Wood, and Pujols has gone deep one in three batting against him.

 

WINNER: San Francisco Giants @ +112

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By Landon Smith, on 9:45p ET