Major League Baseball
Preview
LA Dodgers at San Francisco
When: 3:05 PM ET, Sunday, September 29, 2019
Where: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to make history when they visit the National League West-rival San Francisco Giants for their regular-season finale Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles can pass the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers, who featured Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider among other Hall of Famers, for the franchise record with a 106th win on Sunday while San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy manages his final game.

The Dodgers cannot win a tiebreaker with Houston for the top record in the majors despite Saturday's 2-0 victory - their sixth straight - after Max Muncy launched his 35th homer among two hits and Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven scoreless frames. Los Angeles will send left-hander Rich Hill to the mound to start the series finale and the Giants counter with righty Dereck Rodriguez, who has just one win in his last seven appearances. The 64-year-old Bochy managed his 4,031st game Saturday to pass Sparky Anderson for seventh on major league baseball’s all-time list and boasts 2,003 wins (11th) along with three World Series titles (2010, 2012, 2014) with San Francisco. “I don’t know how I’m going to feel when it’s all over,” Bochy told USA Today. “I really don’t. I don’t think it will really hit me until I’m home. But it’s time to do this. I really believe that. It’s been some ride.”

TV: 3:05 p.m. ET, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Rich Hill (4-1, 2.59 ERA) vs. Giants RH Dereck Rodriguez (6-10, 5.27)

Hill makes his third appearance since returning from a nearly three-month stint on the injured list, after tossing two hitless innings last Tuesday at San Diego. The 39-year-old Boston native struck out five in that outing, reaching 1,000 for his career in 934 1/3 innings, but walked four batters in 2 2/3 frames since his return. Brandon Belt is 6-for-14 with a homer and two doubles versus Hill, who is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against the Giants in 2019.

Rodriguez gets his first start since Sept. 8 against the Dodgers when he permitted five runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old Texan yielded five runs across 5 1/3 innings in three relief appearances since his last start and gave up two homers in that stretch to reach 20 over 97 1/3 frames this year. Jedd Gyorko is 3-for-5 against Rodriguez, who has given up 11 runs (eight earned) over 7 1/3 innings versus the Dodgers in 2019.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Dodgers have hit back-to-back homers 17 times this year, an NL record and one away from the major league mark set by Seattle in 1996.

2. San Francisco OF Mike Yastrzemski, tied with OF Kevin Pillar for the team lead with 21 home runs, can join Dave Kingman (29, 1972) as the second rookie to top the club in that category.

3. Los Angeles 3B Justin Turner (27 homers, 67 RBIs) has missed the last four games with back tightness and is not expected to play Sunday.

PREDICTION: Giants 5, Dodgers 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Dodgers 105-56 W6 59-22 46-34 23-10 22-11 50-25 10-10
San Francisco 77-84 L2 35-45 42-39 14-19 14-19 38-37 11-9
Last Meeting
LA Dodgers San Francisco
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/28/19 LAD 2 SF 0 .219 1 .617 .206 0 .434
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers J. Turner .308 16 .839
San Francisco K. Pillar .237 14 .569
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers C. Taylor 4 9 12
San Francisco B. Belt 2 7 7
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 2.25 .248 171
San Francisco 4.38 .206 142
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers C. Bellinger .303 169 1.033
San Francisco K. Pillar .264 157 .736
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers C. Bellinger 47 120 115
San Francisco K. Pillar 21 82 87
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 3.41 .257 1511
San Francisco 4.35 .239 1360