Wednesday night baseball and we will see the San Francisco Giants take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 3 of their 3 game series from Los Angeles. The game is scheduled for an 8:10 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live on ESPN2, YES (New York) and CSN (Chicago). Currently the odds have San Francisco favored at -105, while Los Angeles is dogs of -101. The total for the game sits at 6.5 runs.
Free Analysis: The San Francisco Giants arrived in Los Angeles trailing the Dodgers in the NL West. If the Giants can win the series finale, they'll leave town with their largest lead in four weeks. San Francisco seeks its first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in five years tonight. The Giants (68-55) stole the Dodgers' one-half game division lead with a 2-1 victory in Monday's series opener, then won 4-1 on Tuesday night to take a 1 1/2-game advantage over their rivals. Buster Posey, who started at first base for the Giants while Hector Sanchez took his usual spot behind the plate, opened the scoring Tuesday with a two-run single in the first inning. San Francisco added two more in the fourth on a RBI single by Brandon Crawford and a double by Angel Pagan. Pagan, who had three hits and threw out a runner at the plate, is batting .478 with three doubles during a five-game hitting streak. Matt Cain gets the ball for the Giants tonight and he has allowed three runs over 15 1-3 innings to win his last two starts after going 0-2 with a 5.26 ERA in his previous four. He permitted one run and four hits while striking out six and walking none in eight innings of a 10-1 rout at San Diego on Friday. Since 2010, Cain is 31-1 with a 2.54 ERA in the 45 games he has received at least three runs of support, with San Francisco winning 40 times. Cain allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings against the Dodgers on July 27, when the Giants lost 5-3 in 10 innings at home. The Giants have won four of six since Melky Cabrera's drug-related suspension, but they may face a tough challenge tonight against Los Angeles starter Chris Capuano (11-8, 3.14). Capuano has a 2.01 ERA in three starts this month, striking out 24 and walking five in 22 1-3 innings. He gave up three runs - two after he had departed - and five hits in 7 1-3 innings of a 4-3, 11-inning loss against Atlanta on Friday. Capuano has also been sharp in his 12 starts at Dodger Stadium, posting a 2.17 ERA - the NL's third-best home mark. Unfortunately for the left-hander, Los Angeles has supported him with two runs or fewer in eight of those contests, leaving him with a 5-4 record. This will be Capuano's first taste of the Dodgers' rivalry with the Giants after going 0-2 with a 2.92 ERA in two starts against them last year with the New York Mets.Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier is mired in an 0-for-16 slump, but is batting .480 in 50 career at-bats against Cain - his highest average against any pitcher he has faced at least 17 times. Matt Kemp - 1 for 20 in his last six games and may not be as excited to face Cain considering he's 2 for 16 in their matchups since 2010.
Free Pick: Let's take a shot at the Over in this one. Despite the good pitching on the mound I see na good chance for both teams to get at least 3 runs in this one. Matt Cain has allowed 3 ER's in each of his last 2 start vs the Dodgers and he has struggled on the road of late, posting a 4.45 ERA over his last 4 away from home. The Dodgers offense is struggling right now, but they still average 3.6 rpg at home and 3.1 rpg in Capuano's home starts. 3 is all we need from LA here as gthe Giants should also be good for at least 3 in this one. San Fran averages 5.1 rpg on the road and they average 5 rpg for Cain in his road starts. The Giant offense has been even better of late, hitting .298 and scoring 5.5 rpg in their last 10 games. Chris Capuano has been solid at home, but I do feel the Giants can get to him. This game should top 7 runs with ease.
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