Slumping San Francisco awoke just in time to take the opener of this rivalry series Tuesday night 6-2, snapping LA's seven-game winning streak. What's the best bet for tonight's MLB odds?
Dodgers vs. Giants Game 3
By: Ron Patrick
Dodgers-Giants Game 2 Recap
San Francisco loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on a base hit, an HBP and another base hit, then got a sacrifice fly from Joe Panik to take a 3-2 decision Wednesday night. The Giants won as +130 underdogs on Wednesday's MLB betting odds, and the game stayed UNDER its total of six runs.
San Francisco took a 2-0 lead into the top of the seventh, but LA tied the score on a pinch-hit, two-run homer from Alex Guerrero.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs and six hits through 6 1/3 innings, while Dodgers starter Clay Kershaw gave up two runs and three hits through six innings. The bullpens then took over, and kept this game UNDER that total.
Los Angeles had scored 44 runs over its previous seven games; it's now scored four runs in two games in this series.
LA sat 1B Adrian Gonzalez Wednesday, until he pinch-hit in the ninth inning. He should be back in the starting lineup today.
Game 3 Betting Odds
Most of Thursday's MLB betting market was holding off on lining this game, as books tried to get a read on the pitching match-up of Ryan Vogelsong and Mike Bolsinger. As of early Thursday morning the only shop we found with a price on this contest was BetOnline, which was listing LA as a -107 favorite, with a total of seven runs.
Vogelsong will be making his second start of this season; back on April 7 he gave up seven runs in less than five innings of a 7-6 loss to Arizona. Vogey has also made two appearances in relief, and didn't fare too well there, either. Overall he's allowed 12 earned runs and 29 base-runners (hits + walks) through just 10 1/3 innings this season.
Last year Vogelsong started four times against Los Angeles, allowing 10 runs and 24 hits through 23 1/3 innings. San Francisco won three of those four games, and three of those games played UNDER the totals.
Bolsinger will be making his first start for his new team, after coming over from Arizona during the off-season. He earned a shot for the moment with the big club by doing a nice job down at Triple-A Oklahoma City this spring, going 2-0 in two starts, allowing zero runs and three hits through 11 innings of work, with three walks and 17 strikeouts.
Last year, pitching for the Diamondbacks, Bolsinger started twice against San Francisco; in the first outing he gave up just one run and five hits through 7 2/3 innings, although Arizona lost that game 4-1; in the second outing he gave up five runs and eight hits through five innings of a 5-0 loss. Both those games stayed UNDER.
Game 3 Free Pick
We're not sure who's going to win this game, but we get the idea some runs might be scored. So we like the OVER in this spot for our MLB picks.
Free MLB Pick: OVER seven runs at BetOnline
Dodgers vs. Giants Game 2
By: Ron Patrick
Game 1 Recap
San Francisco, struggling badly so far this season with the sticks, rapped out 13 hits Tuesday night, scoring in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 4-0, then added a couple of runs in the bottom of the eighth on a Justin Maxwell homer on its way to a 6-2 victory. The Giants won as +115 home dogs on Tuesday's MLB betting line, and the game played OVER its MLB betting odds total of seven runs when the Dodgers scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch with two outs in the top of the ninth.
San Francisco scored runs on a two-out bunt hit by Brandon Crawford in the second and with help from a throwing error by Adrian Gonzalez in the fourth. The Giants also got a quality start from Tim Lincecum, who scattered five hits and three walks through six innings of work, allowing just one run.
Dodgers starter Brett Anderson gave up four runs and nine hits through just four innings, taking his first loss for his new team.
LA's bats came up with seven hits and six walks, but hit into four double plays.
Game 2 Betting Odds
Wednesday's MLB betting market opened LA and Clay Kershaw at around -120 over San Francisco and Madison Bumgarner, then bumped the Dodgers to the -135 range in the early betting. And most books were listing the total on tonight's game at six runs, which is about as low as you're going to see in the ML game these days.
Wednesday's Starting Pitchers
Bumgarner, pitching under great expectations after last Fall's MVP run, started well, but is coming off two iffy performances. First, he held Arizona to one run in seven innings of a 5-4 San Francisco victory; but then he got bombed for five runs and 10 hits in just three innings of a 10-2 loss to San Diego; and last time out he gave up four runs through seven innings of a 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.
For the season Bumsie has allowed 24 base-runners (hits + walks) in 17 innings. Also, all three of his starts have played OVER the totals.
Last year Bumgarner started five times against Los Angeles, allowing nine runs and 27 hits in 33 innings. The Giants won three of those games, and three of those games played UNDER.
Kershaw hasn't quite been his normal dominant self so far this season. First, he gave up three runs in six innings in a 6-3 win over San Diego; then he got nicked for five ER and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 6-0 loss at Arizona; but last time out he held Colorado to one ER through six innings, walking none while whiffing a dozen, in a 7-3 victory.
So far this season Kershaw has permitted 28 base-runners (hits + walks) through 18 1/3 innings. Two of his starts have played OVER the totals.
Last year Kershaw started four times against San Francisco, allowing six runs and 24 hits through 32 innings. LA won three of those games, while the totals went 2-1-1.
Bumgarner and Kershaw have faced-off three times previously over their careers; San Francisco won two of those games.
Wednesday's Splits with the Sticks
Los Angeles owns a .338 team OBP and a .403 team slugging percentage this season against left-handed pitching.
San Francisco owns a .323 OBP and a .404 slugging percentage against lefties.
Game 2 Free Pick
Both these starting pitchers have had success against today's opponents in the past, but Kershaw is coming off a solid outing last time out, while Bumgarner has scuffled a bit his last two starts. And the Giants probably won't come up with 13 hits tonight. So we'll take the Dodgers for our Game 2 MLB picks.
Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles -128 at BetOnline
Dodgers vs. Giants Series Opener
By: Ron Patrick
Dodgers-Giants Game 1 Betting Odds
As of early Tuesday morning the best line we could find on LA and Brett Anderson was the -121 at BetOnline, while San Francisco and Tim Lincecum were getting +115 at WagerWeb. The Dodgers could also be bet getting +145 giving the run and a half on the run line at BookMaker.
And the total on Tuesday's series opener sat at seven.
Dodgers-Giants Series Set-Up
Los Angeles rides a seven-game winning streak into this series, after sweeping three games at home from the Rockies over the weekend. The Dodgers won 7-3 Friday, 6-3 Saturday and 7-0 Sunday. They then had Monday off.
Just prior to that LA swept three games from Seattle. Also, the Dodgers have scored at least five runs in each of their last seven games, and their pitching staff has allowed just eight runs over the last four games. At the moment LA is clicking pretty good.
On the other end of the spectrum San Francisco just dropped three of four games at home to Arizona over the weekend, and has lost nine of its last 10. The Giants lost last Thursday 7-6 and Friday 9-0, won Saturday 4-1 but lost Sunday 5-1.
Just before that San Francisco got swept three games at home by Colorado, and just before that it lost the last three games of a four-game series in San Diego. So at the moment the Giants kind of stink.
San Francisco has been held to two runs or fewer in eight of its last 11 games.
Last year LA took the season series from San Francisco ten games to nine, with the totals leaning toward the MLB betting odds OVERS by a 9-7-3 margin.
Lincecum will be making his third start of this season; eleven days ago he threw seven shutout innings against San Diego, although the Giants lost that game 1-0, while last Wednesday he gave up three earned runs and six hits through five innings of a 4-2 loss to Colorado. Both those games played UNDER on the totals.
Last year Lincecum started twice against LA; first, he held the Dodgers to one run through five innings of a 3-2 San Francisco victory, but then he got nicked for six runs and nine hits in less than five innings of an 8-1 loss.
Anderson will be making his third start of this season for his new team. Eleven days ago he held the Diamondbacks to three runs through six innings, although LA lost that game 4-3, and last Wednesday he held Seattle to one earned run through five innings of a 5-2 Dodgers victory. Both his starts have also played UNDER the totals.
Last year, pitching for the Rockies, Anderson started once against the Giants, throwing three scoreless innings in a 1-0 Colorado victory.
At the Bat
Los Angeles owns a ML-best team OBP of .372 this season against right-handed pitching.
San Francisco owns a .300 OBP against left-handed pitching.
LA has played five OVERS in its last seven games.
San Francisco has played five UNDERS in its last seven games.
LA might be a little shorthanded for this series; OF Yasiel Puig has missed recent action with a sore hamstring, and Carl Crawford has missed recent action with an illness. Both are questionable for Tuesday night.
Dodgers-Giants Game 1 Free Pick
LA is hot, San Francisco is not, and yes, sometimes our MLB picks do come down to something as simple as that. We like the Dodgers to take Tuesday's series opener.
Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles -120 at Pinnacle