Dodgers & Giants to Post Another 'Under' Winner

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Willie Bee

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1:36 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017 1:36 PM GMT

It may not be the Kershaw-Bumgarner matchup we were hoping for, but the Dodgers and Giants should still produce a fine pitching duel Tuesday with a 6½-run total on the MLB odds.

MLB Season Record: 6-14 (-8.68)

Did the first clash of 2017 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants lose some of its luster because of the injury to Madison Bumgarner? Darn-tootin' it did, since it cost us a mound duel between him and Clayton Kershaw when the old rivals continue the 4-game set Tuesday at AT&T Park (10:15 PM ET). Kershaw will instead be matched up against Ty Blach and, as you'd expect with the pairing, the Dodgers are heavily favored; 5Dimes has LA -220 with 6½ for the total.

Los Angeles closed around -150 on the MLB odds for Monday's opener, and San Fran broke a 4-game skid with a 2-1 victory behind a strong effort from Matt Cain and four relievers. Totals split 5-5 O/U here a year ago.

 

Dodgers 11-6 When Kershaw Starts In San Francisco

It's worth mentioning right from the start that Blach has beaten Kershaw before as a big underdog, though it does come with a caveat or two. Blach's second career start came last Oct. 1 in San Francisco against Kershaw when the Dodgers had already wrapped up the NL West title. I'm not suggesting either Kershaw or LA did their best to win; in fact, the three-time Cy Young winner worked seven innings and only gave up two earned runs. Blach himself collected his first and second MLB hit off the Los Angeles ace as well as his first big-league win with eight shutout innings.

This is Blach's first start of 2017 after coming out of spring in the SF bullpen as something of a lefty specialist, logging but 5.2 innings in seven appearances and only charged with runs in one of them. Kershaw has generally been his usual awesome self, save for giving up three homers at Colorado a little more than two weeks ago, and has been incredibly awesome at AT&T Park over his career with a 1.37 ERA and 10-4 record in 17 starts.

 

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Now in just his fourth full big-league season, Adam Hamari is making only his second appearance behind the plate of 2017. His first one went 'under' about 10 days ago, but the Michigan native has been primarily a friend to 'over' bettors the past three seasons (54-42-4 O/U/P). Hamari has nine plate assignments to his credit in San Francisco, the scoreboard results running 4-5 O/U.

Cloudy, the upper 50s and a 12-16 mph WNW wind out to right-center) is the forecast for Tuesday's tilt, pretty much the same as Monday's. I'm not a fan of laying this much chalk for a free baseball pick, and don't have enough faith in LA's lineup to cover a run line, so let's go with the 'under.'

MLB Free Pick: 'Under' 6.5 (+100)Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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