The Los Angeles Dodgers bats failed to hit with runners in scoring position all game long against Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers fell 2-0 last night but still hold a five game lead in the NL West heading into tonight’s rubber match against the Giants. Tonight it will be Kenta Maeda 15-9 3.24 ERA taking on Left hander Matt Moore who is 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA. Game time 700pm SNLA.
The Dodgers won a close contest on Monday and the Giants won a close contest yesterday. I expect today to be more of the same. Matt Moore last pitched against the Dodgers on September 25th and took a no hitter in the ninth inning until Corey Seager saved the day. Check out this stat:
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 21, 2016
Today’s Dodger Lineup:
How have the Dodger hitters fared against Moore:
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It seems as though Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig have had the most success against Moore. I feel as though the Dodgers need to put things in motion. Last night they brought in Micah Johnson to pinch run and he didn’t steal. When you have some speed on bases you have to maximize it since the Dodgers hardly have any speed. I feel the Dodgers should bunt guys over tonight especially with the right handed lineup. Trying to steal tonight will be tough since Moore is a left-hander. They need to make Moore a little uncomfortable since he doesn’t have a repeat performance tonight.
This will be the Giants lineup:
Kenta Maeda has won his two starts against the Giants this year. The Dodgers hope for a big start tonight to win this series. This is how the Giants have fared against Maeda.
It would seem that Maeda will have to be careful with Brandon Belt, Angel Pagan, and Joe Panik. I feel the Dodgers bullpen will have to be relied on today. The Dodgers need to look at some tape on how to get to Matt Moore early. He also dominated the Dodgers when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays in an earlier start this season. The Giants hold the season series edge 8-7 with the final three games looming in San Francisco to end the season.