Fade Dodgers vs. Giants for MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:27 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers have struggled in recent years as small road underdogs, which creates value on the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night.

Welcome to the Bay Area
Los Angeles continues its road trip after picking up a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, including a 8-6 victory as -121 favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. 

The Dodgers are 7-1 on the road—matching their best start away from home since the 1983 campaign.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise has gone 24-34 (-7.8) as a road underdog of +100 to +125.


Struggling to find consistency
San Francisco has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it looks to build off a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies as -153 home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the ninth time in 10 opportunities. 

The Giants are hitting just .162 with runners in scoring position over their last five games, but they still rank sixth in baseball with 66 runs scored.

MLB handicappers will find that the squad is 97-64 versus division foes since the start of the 2012 season.

Who has the top MLB Betting Lines on offer?

Beckett
Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett (0-0, 9.00 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 7-6 home loss to the Detroit Tigers in his season debut last week, as he gave up five runs (four earned) and five hits over four innings of work.

The right-hander has put together a solid 25-18 record and 4.12 ERA in 60 career outings in April, with opposing hitters batting .237 against him.

In nine career games versus the Giants, Beckett has gone 4-5 with a 3.76 ERA, including a 2-2 mark and 3.42 ERA in five appearances at this ballpark.


Lincecum
Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (0-1, 9.90 ERA) has faced the Diamondbacks in his first two outings of the season, as he attempts to bounce back from a 7-3 home defeat last Wednesday—surrendering seven runs and seven hits over four frames. 

The right-hander has produced a dismal 1-4 record and 5.09 ERA in six previous outings after allowing 7-plus runs over the course of his career.

In 23 lifetime outings (22 starts) versus the Dodgers, Lincecum has compiled a 9-6 record and 2.92 ERA.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants as one of their MLB baseball picks, as they’ve won eight of Lincecum’s last 10 home starts in this rivalry.

Pick: San Francisco Giants -115