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Los Angeles Dodgers (9-10) at San Francisco Giants (6-13)
Monday, April 24 - 10:15 PM EST
AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
The San Francisco Giants (2012) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2013-16) have combined to win the last five National League West titles, but neither team has shown much in the way of championship form three weeks into this season. The Dodgers attempt to reach the .500 mark Monday, when they begin a four-game series in San Francisco against the NL-worst Giants.
Los Angeles (9-10) took it on the chin in the first two contests of its seven-game road trip, as Arizona's league-best offense scored 24 runs against what had been the majors' top pitching staff prior to arriving at Chase Field. The Dodgers struck back Sunday to avoid their first sweep of the season, producing all of their runs during an explosive fifth inning to back seven strong frames from Brandon McCarthy and cruise to a 6-2 victory. San Francisco was shut out for the third time in seven games Sunday in Colorado, falling 8-0 to the Rockies for its sixth loss in that stretch. As a result of that setback, the Giants (6-13) were swept at Coors Field for the first time since 2002 and matched their worst 19-game start since 1983.
TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), NBC Sports Bay Area Plus (San Francisco)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-3, 5.87 ERA) vs. Giants RH Matt Cain (1-0, 3.31)
Ryu has struggled to find his previous form after missing the bulk of the last two seasons and suffered his third defeat in as many turns on Tuesday after giving up four runs in six frames against Colorado. The 30-year-old South Korean already has served up six home runs over 15 1/3 innings in 2017 after surrendering a total of 24 over the first 348 2/3 frames of his major-league career. Hunter Pence (10-for-22, seven RBIs) and Aaron Hill (7-for-16, homer) both have thrived against Ryu, who is 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA in nine starts versus the Giants.
Cain has turned back the clock a bit over his last two outings after a rough season debut in San Diego, including a no-decision at Kansas City on Tuesday in which he gave up one run and four hits over seven innings. The three-time All-Star notched his first victory of the season six days earlier at home against Arizona, yielding one run and striking out six in five frames. Cain did not register a decision in two games (one start) versus the Dodgers last year and is 5-11 with a 3.53 ERA in 32 career appearances (31 starts) against them.
1. San Francisco's rotation has posted a 5-11 record with a major league-worst 5.02 ERA.
2. Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez, who doubled twice on Sunday to snap a 15-game streak without an extra-base hit, is a career .267 batter versus the Giants - his lowest mark against any NL West foe.
3. The Giants have beaten Los Angeles five straight times at AT&T Park, giving up a total of nine runs during the winning streak.
PREDICTION: Dodgers 4, Giants 3