THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
MLB: DODGERS at SAN FRANCISCO
Details/TV: Friday-Sunday, SportsNet L.A.:
Two giant impediments stand in the way of the Dodgers and wrapping up an NL West title this month, and it begins and ends with the Giants. A 13-games-in-13-days stretch starts with these three at AT&T Park, and it’ll finish up when the Giants visit Dodger Stadium on Sept. 22-24. In each case, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has aligned the pitching rotation so that Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw start in succession. Because, really, after that, who’s even quasi-reliable? The last time these two teams met in late-July, Mattingly rearranged the rotation to get his top three arms locked and loaded. It led to a three-game sweep in San Francisco, where the Giants were held to four total runs. We are legally obliged to tell you that past performances do not necessarily guarantee future results. But in this case, Greinke has had the best success against San Francisco this season (three starts, 3-0, 1.80 ERA). Kershaw (two starts, 1-0, 1.63) missed facing them in the home-opening series in April, where Ryu (three starts, 2-1, 5.40) pitched the Dodger Stadium opener on April 4 and gave up eight runs in two innings to the Giants before the red, white and blue bunting could be unfurled.
The series: Friday, 7:15 p.m., Saturday, 6:05 p.m., Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
The rest of the week shapes up with the Chargers playing Monday night against Arizona and then Sunday at home against Seattle in Week 1 and Week 2 NFL games; USC heads to Boston while UCLA goes to Texas in Week 3 of college football; Floyd Mayweather Jr. decides to fight again, the PGA Tour has another year-ending event and … check it out for yourself at this link