Free MLB Picks: Bumgarner & Giants vs. Dodgers

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 1:41 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2013 1:41 PM GMT

The San Francisco Giants were shut out in their season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they’ll likely get some opportunities versus a pitcher making his professional debut in the United States.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League West matchup at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET.

Share you thoughts on this matchup with fellow MLB bettors.

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San Francisco suffered a 4-0 loss in its first regular season game since winning the 2012 World Series, which wasn’t very surprising due to its lack of success versus Los Angeles starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

The Giants are 13-8 (+320) after getting shutout since the 2011 campaign, while they’ve also managed to go 66-38 (+2,700) versus southpaw starters over that span.

No edge

Los Angeles has compiled a 24-23 (-240) record at home with a money line of -100 to -125 the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 25-20-2 in that particular situation. 

The Dodgers went 8-10 against the Giants a season ago, including a 4-5 mark in front of their home fans, which offers very little in terms of confidence in backing this squad with your sports picks Tuesday.

Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner was 16-11 with a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts a season ago, with opposing hitters batting just .234 against him.  The left-hander earned a 2-1 road victory over the Dodgers on Aug. 20, as he allowed just four hits and struck out 10 batters over eight innings of work.

Over the course of his career with the Giants, Bumgarner has produced a 4.07 ERA in April, but that number dropped significantly after posing a 2.53 ERA in the opening month a year ago.

South Korean import

I’m not interested in backing an unknown product in one of the fiercest rivalries in baseball, especially since he’ll likely feel a bit of pressure to try to match Kershaw’s performance in the series opener.

Hyun-Jin Ryu finished Spring Training with an even 2-2 record and 3.29 ERA in six starts and one relief outing, as he was signed to a $36 million, six-year contract during the offseason.

The 26-year-old pitched seven seasons for Hanwha in the Korea Baseball Organization, but may need a few outings to acclimate himself to his new surroundings.

[gameodds]3/223665/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants as one of their MLB picks, as home teams between -100 to -120 have gone 3-11 with umpire Paul Emmel behind the dish since the start of the 2010 season.

MLB Pick:  San Francisco Giants -101 at Pinnacle

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