The Los Angeles Dodgers have split the first two games of their home series against the bitter-rival San Francisco Giants and are around -150 favorites for Wednesday, but it could be worthy to fade Los Angeles as it almost for sure will be without third baseman Justin Turner, likely without first baseman Max Muncy, might be without outfielder and former AL MVP Mookie Betts again and will not activate shortstop Corey Seager as previously hoped.
Los Angeles was quite fortunate to beat the Giants 8-6 on Tuesday thanks to a pinch-hit, walk-off three-run homer from Will Smith. Alas, it was costly as Turner (.302, 17 HRs, 55 RBIs) was pulled from the game after taking a pitch off his knee and Muncy was yanked due to a right shoulder contusion – plus, his wife is due to give birth at any time so he could be going on paternity leave as well. Both Turner and Muncy were All-Stars this year, and it might surprise people to know that Muncy (.275, 22 HRs, 59 RBIs) leads the majors among position players in Baseball Reference's WAR at 4.9 when defense is included.
Betts was taken out of Saturday's game against the Rockies after feeling hip discomfort while running the bases and has not played since. If the Dodgers had the DH available, he'd be in the lineup. The Dodgers have won 14 straight games in which Betts (.270, 14 HRs, 40 RBIs) has recorded at least two hits. The last loss came on May 16 against the Marlins.
Seager, the former NL Rookie of the Year and World Series MVP, has been on the injured list since May with a broken bone in his right hand. There was some optimism he could be activated Wednesday, but that's apparently not happening. Seager has played just 37 games. Second baseman Gavin Lux landed on the injured list earlier this week.
It's lefty Julio Urias (12-3, 3.78) on the mound for L.A. Those 12 wins, despite a not-stellar ERA, are tied for the most in the majors. He gets on average 6.63 runs of support per game. Urias is 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two starts this year against the Giants.
San Francisco's Logan Webb (4-3, 3.54) has a 1.29 ERA in two appearances spanning seven innings this month. He won in Los Angeles on May 29, allowing one earned over five.
Despite all those potential absences in the Dodgers lineup, betting action as of this writing is about 65 percent toward L.A. on the moneyline.
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