MLB Picks: Linecum & Giants vs. Beckett & Dodgers

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:06 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are 37-37 against each other since the start of the 2009 season, as the two rivals prepare to close out a three-game series Wednesday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League West affair at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Pitching, pitching, pitching

San Francisco’s first two starters of the 2013 MLB campaign have combined to toss 14 shutout innings and allowed just six hits, but it has split the first two games of its current series with Los Angeles, which includes a 3-0 victory Tuesday night.

The Giants are 27-25 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 31-19-2 in that situation.

Kemp has yet to get going

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is 0 for 21 with 10 strikeouts in his last 10 games against the Giants, which is a bit concerning if the club plans to contend for a division crown, especially since he went 0 for 8 with four strikeouts against Wednesday night’s opposing starter.

Kemp is definitely a candidate to break out of his current slump against the Giants, considering he entered the middle game of this series with a .340 career batting average in April.

Lincecum

I’ll likely use a wait-and-see approach when handicapping Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, but it’s important to note that he’s compiled a solid 7-5 record and 2.81 ERA in 19 career games versus the Dodgers.

The right-hander owns the second-lowest ERA versus Los Angeles among any active pitcher, with only Jake Peavy (2.27) of the Chicago White Sox owning a better mark. Lincecum was 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his final three outings versus the Dodgers a season ago.

Unknown commodity

Josh Beckett was 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA in seven starts with the Dodgers last year after being acquired from the Boston Red Sox, but it’s going to be hard to back him as one of your MLB picks, considering he finished Spring Training with an even 1-1 mark and 7.79 ERA in five starts.

The power right-hander has compiled a 4-4 record and 3.66 ERA in eight career starts versus the Giants, which includes a 5-2 road loss on Sept. 7, as he allowed four runs and seven hits over 6.1 frames.

Also, check out fellow contributor, Ron Patrick's pick on the Red Sox-Yankees game~

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their baseball picks Wednesday, as the OVER is 10-1 in Lincecum’s last 10 starts as a road underdog of +110 to +150.

San Francisco has also dropped all four of its starts with umpire Bruce Dreckman behind the dish, while the OVER is 6-0 in his last six assignments.

MLB Pick: Over 6.5 (-116) at BetOnline