Free MLB Picks for Giants vs. Dodgers Series Opener

Jeff Grant

Monday, September 22, 2014 12:48 PM GMT

Monday, Sep. 22, 2014 12:48 PM GMT

Dan Haren and Jake Peavy are both throwing the ball well in the month of September, which will make runs hard to come by in the early going between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night. Find out where the best value lies for our MLB picks.

Hard Times 
San Francisco has dropped four of its first six games on its current road trip, including an 8-2 setback to the San Diego Padres as +104 underdogs Sunday, as the offense has scored just 12 runs over that span.

The Giants are tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card race, which can’t be ignored when making your MLB betting predictions, as the two teams are likely battling for home-field advantage in a one-game playoff.

MLB handicappers will find that the squad is a dismal 11-20 versus teams with a winning record in the second half of the season.

 

Scoring Runs
Los Angeles returns home after a successful 6-4 road trip, which is important to consider when looking over the MLB odds, especially since the lineup produced an average of 7.5 runs in visiting the Bay Area, Colorado and Chicago.

The Dodgers own a 4.5-game lead over the Giants in the NL West standings, with outfielder Yasiel Puig being a major contributor in this rivalry, as he’s gone 14 for 35 at the plate in his last eight games in the series.

It’s important to point out that the Blue Crew are a disappointing 2-8 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the 'over' going 7-2-1 in that situation.

 

Peavy
Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy (7-13, 3.82 ERA) has put together four consecutive victories, including a 2-1 road win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out, as he allowed a single run and five hits over 7.2 innings of work.

The right-hander is 4-8 with a 4.75 ERA in 15 road games—surrendering 13 home runs in 94.2 combined frames.

In his last last nine road efforts versus the Dodgers, Peavy has registered a 6-0 record and 2.51 ERA.

 

Haren
Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren (13-11, 4.14 ERA) had his personal two-game win streak snapped last time out, as he suffered a 10-4 road defeat to the Colorado Rockies—surrendering five runs and four hits over five frames.

The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts this month, with opposing hitters batting just .188 against him (.258 on the year).

Haren will be facing the Giants for the first time in 2014, while he gave up a single run in six innings in his last matchup against them on Aug. 15, 2013.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play 'under' the total in the first five innings for their MLB picks, as the Dodgers will have a difficult time getting things going against a long-time nemesis early on, while the Giants continue to miss injured leadoff man Angel Pagan.

MLB Pick: Under 3.5 First 5 Innings at 5Dimes

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