MLB Picks: Series Coverage for Dodgers vs. Giants

Darin Zank

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:48 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 1:48 PM UTC

San Francisco has taken the first two games of this series, after winning Wednesday 2-1. The Giants won as -110 favorites, and the game never came close to its total of 7.5 runs.


17th April
Dodgers vs. Giants Game 3

By: Ron Patrick


These teams are a combined seven-for-40 at the plate with runners in scoring position in this series.

San Francisco has now taken four of five games from LA this season.

On the injury front Dodgers IF Hanley Ramirez got plunked on the hand Wednesday night and had to leave the game; his status for Thursday is uncertain. On the other side of the diamond Giants SS Brandon Crawford missed Wednesday's game with a sore hamstring, and is also uncertain for Thursday.

Thursday's Betting Line
As of early Thursday morning the best price we could find on San Francisco and Madison Bumgarner was the -114 offered at several books,while the Dodgers and Hyun-Jin Ryu could be gotten at +109 at 5Dimes. 

Also, the total on today's game sits at seven.

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Thursday's Pitching Match-Up
Bumgarner (2-0, 3.31) is one-for-three on quality starts this season. He opened by throwing four scoreless innings against Arizona; then held these Dodgers to two runs through 6 1/3 innings; and most recently he gave up four ER and nine hits in six innings against Colorado last Friday. 

San Francisco has won all three of his starts, and thanks to some serious Giants run support all three played OVER their totals.

In his last five starts against LA Bumgarner has allowed eight ER and 23 hits in 34 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out 36. San Francisco won four of those games.

Ryu (2-1, 2.57) is, by our tough standards, two-for-four on quality starts this season. In fact, he's allowed runs in just one of his four starts. First, he held the Diamondbacks scoreless through five innings; then he held San Diego scoreless through seven innings; then these Giants bombed him for six ER in just two innings; but last time out he held Arizona scoreless on two hits through seven innings.

The Dodgers have split Ryu's first four starts, as have the totals.

In six career outings against San Francisco Ryu has allowed 15 ER and 42 hits in 34 2/3 innings, with 13 walks and 20 whiffs. LA is 3-3 in those games.


Thursday's Free Pick
We've had success with Ryu over the last season-plus, but in this spot we'll give Bumgarner the edge in the pitching match-up. And San Francisco seems to be playing with a little verve at the moment. So we'll go with the Giants at the -114 offered at Bovada for our free MLB pick on Thursday's game.


16th April
Dodgers vs. Giants Game 2

By: Ron Patrick


San Francisco stole Game 1 of this series Tuesday night 3-2 in extra innings, tying the game with a run in the bottom of the ninth off LA closer Kenley Jansen, then winning it on a Hector Sanchez single in the bottom of the 12th.

The Giants won as -110 favorites on the MLB betting line, and the game, to our chagrin, played UNDER its total of 7.5, as the teams combined to go just four-for-26 at the plate with runners in scoring position, leaving the bases loaded on four occasions.

San Francisco shoots for its fourth win in five games against LA this season when the teams meet for Game 2 of this series Wednesday night (10:15 pm ET).


Wednesday's Betting Line
As of Wednesday AM most shops were chalking San Francisco and Ryan Vogelsong at around -115 over LA and Paul Maholm, with a total of eight runs. The Giants could also be gotten at around +180 on the run line.


Wednesday's Pitching Match-Up
Vogelsong is 0-for-two on quality starts this season; first he gave up four runs and seven hits in four innings against these Dodgers; then he allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings against Arizona. The Giants split those two games, and both games played OVER on the totals.

Vogelsong started twice against LA last year, giving up 10 ER and 16 hits in 10 2/3 innings; somehow San Francisco won both those games.

Maholm will be making his second start of this season, to go along with three relief appearances. He gave up five runs in less than five innings against these Giants April 5, and since then has allowed one run and two hits in two innings of relief work.

Last year, pitching for the Braves, Maholm started once against San Francisco, allowing five runs and seven hits in less than five innings of a 10-1 Atlanta loss.

Wednesday's Free Pick
We thought Tuesday's game set up as an OVER, and with a blooper here or there it might have been. But both teams stunk with runners on base. Wednesday's game also seems to set up for an OVER, with two struggling starters who have had trouble with tonight's opponents. So in hoping somebody can bang out a key hit or two with runners on base we'll go with the OVER eight runs offered at Pinnacle for our free pick on Wednesday's game.


15th April
Dodgers vs. Giants Game 1

By: Ron Patrick


The Betting Lines
As of early Tuesday AM most shops were chalking San Francisco and Tim Lincecum at around -115 over LA and Josh Beckett, with a total of 7.5 runs. The Giants could also be gotten at upwards of +185 giving the run and a half on the run line.

For the series The Greek was listing San Francisco at -115, with the Dodgers “getting” -105.


The Situation
The Giants just took two of three games from Colorado over the weekend, winning Sunday's series rubber match 5-4 on a Brandon Crawford homer in the 10th inning. 

LA, meanwhile, just swept three games in Phoenix over the weekend, scoring 22 runs, getting a homer in each game from Adrian Gonzalez.

So LA, at 9-4, leads the NL West by a game over 8-5 San Francisco.

Tuesday's Pitching Match-Up
Lincecum is 0-for-two on quality starts so far this season; first, he gave up four runs and eight hits, including two homers, in six innings at Arizona, then he got knocked about for seven runs and seven hits, including a couple more dingers, against the same Diamondbacks last Wednesday. The Giants split those two games, and both games played OVER their totals. 

Lincecum started four times against LA last year, allowing nine ER and 38 baserunners in 23 1/3 innings; San Francisco managed to win three of those games.

Beckett will be making his second start of the season, after getting nicked for four ER in four innings of a game the Dodgers eventually lost to Detroit last Wednesday 7-6.

Beckett started once last year against San Francisco, allowing three ER in six innings of a 5-3 Los Angeles defeat last April.

The Giants bullpen ranks third in the Majors with a 1.99 ERA this season, while the LA pen ranks 11th at 3.38.

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At the Bat
LA is averaging 4.8 runs per game this season, ranks eighth in the Majors with a .751 team OPS and No. 1 in stolen bases with 18.

San Francisco is averaging 5.1 RPG, ranks seventh with a .751 OPS and fifth in homers with 17.

Dodgers-Giants Betting Trends
The totals leaned toward the UNDERS in this series last year by an 11-6-2 margin, as the games averaged just 6.5 runs per. But all three games these teams played at Dodger Stadium earlier this month played OVER, as the teams combined to score 29 runs. 

The Giants are 11-2 on the totals this season.

LA is 7-6 on the totals.

Injury Update
LA is already without SP Clay Kershaw, RP Brian Wilson and catcher AJ Ellis, and OF Carl Crawford is questionable for Tuesday because of upper-body soreness.

Tuesday's Free Pick
This is a tough one, because we're not sure who's going to win this game. But both lineups seem capable of putting up three or four runs against these two starting pitchers, and it looks like the wind will be blowing out toward McCovey Cove tonight. So we'll take the OVER 7.5 runs offered at Pinnacle for our free MLB pick for Tuesday.

We'll follow this series through to the end, providing updated pitching match-ups and more free picks.

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