Pick San Fran's ML & Bet Bumgarner to Keep the Giants Rolling Over Dodgers

Charles Stark

Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:46 PM GMT

Thursday, May. 21, 2015 12:46 PM GMT

I think any time you can get plus money on a quality pitcher it is a good play in the MLB. Today I am backing the Giants with my MLB picks as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Who’s the Underdog?
MLB odds makers have come out making the Giants the underdog in this spot at around +115.  With Madison Bumgarner on the mound there are only a couple pitchers in the league that would be favored over him in this spot and today it is Clayton Kershaw.  So it makes sense, but still there is good value in backing the Giants in this spot. 

 

The Hall of Famers
Kershaw has been a little less sharp than Bumgarner so far this year, but I want to focus on their career statistics to give us an overall view.  In 219 games pitched Kershaw comes in with an ERA of 2.54 and a WHIP of just above 1.00.  What is there really to say?  He is arguably the best pitcher in baseball.  On the other end for the Giants Bumgarner, in 159 games he comes in with a 3.07 ERA and a WHIP of 1.13.  They are both really solid and this game could go either way as far as the pitching matchup.

 

The Hotter Team is…
The Giants are the hotter team at this moment. They beat the Dodgers yesterday and they are 7-3 out of their last 10 games compared to the Dodgers at 5-5.  Also in the last three games the Giants have raised all of their offensive stats ranking in the top 10 in runs, slugging %, batting average, and leading the league in on base % in that time frame.  The Dodgers are slumping, in that same time frame they are in the bottom half of the league in all major offensive categories and are ranked the worst in on base % and slugging %.

It makes sense to have Kershaw the favorite.  As far as overall pitching numbers he should never not be favored and the Dodgers are still the team to beat in the West.  Still, with the Giants playing some pretty good ball and Bumgarner on the hill they have a better than good chance to win this game, so we're backing them with our MLB picks

MLB Pick: Take the Giants on the plus money line at Pinnacle

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