MLB Picks: Bumgarner & Giants vs. Dodgers

Jeff Grant

Monday, June 24, 2013 11:54 AM GMT

The San Francisco Giants have won five of their six meetings with the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, as the two teams prepare to open up a three-game series Monday night.


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

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Fish fry

San Francisco is coming off its first losing homestand since July 23-Aug. 2, 2012, which included a 7-2 loss to the Miami Marlins as -195 favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total of 7. 

The Giants are 14-22 on the road this season, including a 5-7 mark as underdogs of +100 to +125 in that situation. 

Trying to put something together 

Los Angeles is aiming to win three consecutive games for the first time since April 5-7, as it returns home after winning back-to-back games against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. 

The Dodgers are still a horrendous 10-23 against division opponents this season, with the OVER going 21-10-2 in those 33 opportunities.

Share your thoughts on this matchup with fellow bettors.

Bumgarner 

Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.25 ERA) has won three consecutive starts, including a 4-2 home victory over the San Diego Padres last time out, as he allowed two runs and three hits over seven frames.  

The left-hander is 4-3 with a 3.71 ERA in eight road outings, with opposing hitters batting just .197 against him. 

In nine career games (eight starts) versus the Dodgers, Bumgarner has tallied a 6-2 record and 2.53 ERA, including a 4-1 mark and 1.53 ERA in six appearances (five starts) at this ballpark. 

Ryu 

Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.96 ERA) has watched the club drop his last two efforts, including a 6-4 road loss to the New York Yankees, as he allowed three runs and five hits over six frames. 

The rookie left-hander is 4-1 with a 1.88 ERA in seven home outings, issuing 10 walks and striking out 41 batters in 48 combined innings.

In two career games versus the Giants, Ryu has compiled an 0-2 record and 3.65 ERA, with opposing hitters batting .353 against him.

[gameodds]3/237120/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants as one of their MLB picks Monday, as they’ve gone 23-7 in Bumgarner’s last 30 starts versus division opponents. 

MLB Picks:  San Francisco Giants +101