Dodgers Host Heated NL West Rival Giants Featuring ML & Totals Betting Edge

L.A. Dodgers

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 2:52 PM GMT

Let’s examine all of the Side and Total Trends, the Starting Pitchers as well as well as try to think about the emotional states of both teams heading into this crucial game to come up with MLB picks.

San Francisco Giants vs L.A. Dodgers
The fiercest rivalry in the NL continues at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday night as Rich Hill (9-3) and the Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of a huge series for both teams. With the Dodgers (69-55) holding a minuscule ½-game lead over the Giants (68-56) heading into Tuesday night's Game 1. On Tuesday afternoon, Offshore oddsmakers opened up the Dodgers as slight -135 Home favorites at 5Dimes—San Francisco is currently priced as +125 Underdogs—in this Game 2 with the Total (Runs) set at 7½ Under -115 (5Dimes). The Run Line odds see the Giants +1½ -190 with the host Dodgers -1½ priced at +165 (5Dimes).

In Game 1 on Monday, the Giants were sending ace LHP Madison Bumgarner (12-7) against the Dodgers Kenta Maeda (12-7) while on in the series finale and Game 3 on Wednesday (10:10 p.m. EDT/7:10 p.m. PDT), Los Angeles is scheduled to send RHP Matt Moore (7-10) against San Francisco's LHP Brett Anderson (0-2) who has also been dealing with a Blister Injury—like Dodgers starter Hill—on his Left Middle Finger.

San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants (+750 to win World Series, GTBets) have had a rough 2nd Half and this series could go a long way to righting the ship at the perfect time in the Regular Season although these two NL West rivals still have two series (Aug. 19-21 at LAD and Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at SFG) and 6 more games to play after these crucial 3 between now and Oct. 2. Having Johnny Cueto starting just doesn't have the old cache it once had.

In a 2-0 Loss on Sunday in the last game of a sad 10-game Homestand in which the Giants went 3-7, San Francisco, priced at 1-5 odds to win NL West the last assignment for Los Gigantes, and manager Bruce Bochy put out a starting Lineup of CF Denard Span, 3B Eduardo Núñez, 1B Brandon Belt, SS Brandon Crawford, RF Hunter Pence, 2B Joe Panik, LF Gregor Blanco, C Trevor Brown with RHP Jeff Samardzija. Getting the start for San Francisco pitching wonderfully, allowing just 2 ER and 3 Hits and striking out 7 New York batters, but getting out-dueled by Mets ace Noah Syndergaard in the series finale. Núñez, Panik, and Pinch-Hitter Buster Posey had the only Hits for San Francisco (556 RF-507 RA, +49 Run Differential), all Singles.

Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers (11/1 to win World Series, GTBets) and first-year Manager Dave Roberts have quickly made a race out of the NL West after it looked like 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series champion Giants were going to rule the division again in an Even-numbered year at the All-Star Break. Not so fast, Maynard. The MLB Regular Season is 162 games long, and with a suspect Starting Pitching Staff, a couple of long Roadies and some Trade Deadline deals not looking like they'll work out so great. We suddenly have a race in the NL West...and that may be a good thing with so many MLB divisional races seemingly getting out of reach.

In their last game against the Reds in Cincinnati on Monday afternoon, the Dodgers rolled to an 18-9 victory to tie the series at 2 games apiece and end a 7-game Road Trip (4-3) in Philadelphia and the Queen City on a high note. In the Win, Dodgers (+550 to win NL Pennant, GTBets) Manager Roberts put out a Starting Lineup of: 2B Chase Utley, SS Corey Seager, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, C Yasmani Grandal, CF Joc Pederson, LF Howie Kendrick, RF Andrew Toles, 3B Rob Segedin with LHP Scott Kazmir getting the pill for the visitors but getting rocked and chased early, allowing 4 Runs (4 Earned) on 6 Hits and 3 Walks in 2.2 IP. Reliever Jesse Chavez (ER, 2 Hits, 1.1 IP) picked up the lucky Win for Los Angeles which was led at the plate by hot veteran Utley (3-5, 4 Runs), Seager (4-5, 3 Runs, 3 RBI, HR), Toles (2-5, 2 Runs, 4 RBI, HR), Segedin (1-3, 2 RBI, HR) and Gonzalez (3-6, 3 Runs, 3 HRs, 8 RBI), who had a monster night at the Plate. So, with the best Hitters in the lineup hitting well and Los Doyers (567 RF-499 RA) returning Home in the Summer months in a divisional race against their heated rivals. Most of the little edges seem to be with the homeboys here. And then you see that San Francisco is pitching true ace, Cueto, while Los Angeles is planning on going with a first-time Starting Pitcher (for them in Rich Hill) in Game 2...

Starting Pitchers Report Card; Rich Hill's First Dodgers Start, Has Been on Disabled List
Thirty-six-year-old veteran LHP Rich Hill (9-3, 2.25 ERA, 90 K's, 1.09 WHIP) could be the key piece to the Dodgers puzzle in terms of winning the NL West (or maybe a Wild Card spot) and with Starting Ace Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 1.79 ERA) on the 60-Day Disabled List with a Herniated Disc in his Back, how he pitches will matter for Los Angeles. The 6-5, 220-pound southpaw from the University of Michigan has been dealing with the effects of a Blister on his Left Middle Finger, but Hill was named to start this game two days ago by David Vassegh of AM 570.

Before the finger problem, Hill registered 6 Quality Starts in a row and hadn't allowed more than 3 Earned Runs in any of those outings, so the perceived Pitching would go to Los Angeles save for the fact that projected San Francisco Starter Johnny Cueto (14-3, 2.90 ERA, 152 K's, 1.09 WHIP) has been so damn good for the Giants and has really been their true ace this Regular Season and not Bumgarner. A 5-11, 220-pound product of the Dominican Republic, Cueto has allowed 10 HRs in his L10 Starts, but San Francisco is an impressive 19-6 when Cueto gets the baseball and 16-5 his L21 on Grass.

Watch the pure hitter Utley here against the righty, as the left-handed hitter—who was honored in his return trip to the City of Brotherly Love last week and who is feeling good about things right now—is batting .381 lifetime against Cueto in 21 At Bats while slugger Gonzalez is hitting just .213 against the Giants RHP in 14 AB's. Against Hill, Núñez is the only one with an At Bat and he got a Hit and an RBI in that Plate Appearance.

Los Angeles Weather Forecast, Totals, and Trends and Who Has Emotional Edge
The Weather Channel forecast for Los Angeles (Chavez Ravine) on Wednesday night is currently calling for Clear Skies, a Low of 64° with SSE Winds around 4 mph with 80% Humidity, so, a little chilly for Los Angeles in August but LA is in the desert, right? Nope. Stop that narrative please you silly hollow heads. Google is your friend.

Some Giants Trends: San Francisco (2-6 L8 overall) is 9-29 its L38 against a team with a Winning Record, 19-7 its L26 Road games against a LHP Starter and the Giants are 5-12 their L17 Road games and 1-4 their L5 on Wednesday. San Francisco is also 11-2 in the L13 Road Starts by Cueto and the Giants are 11-1 in his L12 Starts with 4 or more Days of Rest but San Francisco is just 6-22 its L22 Road games against a team with a Home Winning percentage greater than .600. And some Dodgers Trends: Los Angeles is just 1-6 in its L7 Wednesday games, the strong left-handed hitting Dodgers lineup is 23-9 their L32 at Home against a RHP and 29-12 in their L41 games here at Home in the friendly confines of Dodger Stadium.

And some Totals Trends from the good chaps over at Covers.com: The Over is 7-1-1 the L9 Giants games on Grass (Dodger Stadium), the Over is 4-0 in Cueto's L4 Starts on Grass, the Over is 4-1-1 the L6 Giants games against a LHP Starter and the Over is 6-1 the L7 Dodgers Home games. And the Under is 7-1-1 the L9 Giants games against a team with a Winning Record while the Under is also 5-1-1 in the L7 Giants Road games.

But the Head-to-Head Trends are the ones that matter most here and see the Under 4-1 in the L5 meetings here in LA (LAD 7-3 SFG, LAD 3-4 SFG, LAD 3-1 SFG, LAD 2-1 SFG, LAD 2-1 SFG)—as well as 1-4 the L5 overall—with the Dodgers going 6-1 against San Francisco over that span here in Los Angeles, so maybe the worm is turning a little in the NL West finally. And this series and the two remaining will go a long way toward shaping the Postseason picture in the NL. Los Angeles is playing better baseball right now and with 37-year-old Long Beach, California native Utley seeing the ball clearly, he could be the ultimate difference here.

PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Dodgers 5 Giants 2
Free MLB Picks: Dodgers -135, Under 7½ -115 at 5Dimes
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