Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Betting Preview

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The San Francisco Giants are set to do battle against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. The game gets underway 1:05 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – Bay Area is in line to televise the action.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Odds

Los Angeles (-130) is hosting this game as the favorite over San Francisco (+110) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this one at 7 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the runline odds standing at -185 for the Dodgers -1.5 runs and +175 for the Giants +1.5.

The Giants are 4-3 SU and 3-3 ATS. They’ve gained 1.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 0.3 units against the spread (ATS). The Dodgers are 2-6 SU and have gone 2-5 ATS. In total, the teams lost 6.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and 3.4 units ATS.

Giants games have a 3-3 over/under record thus far in 2018. The Dodgers have an over/under record of 2-5.

The Giants just took the previous game in the series by a score of seven runs to five.

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (0-2, 2.25 ERA) will get the start for Los Angeles. Kershaw recorded 202 strikeouts across 175 innings last year (27 starts) and finished the season 18-4 overall with a 2.31 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. He made five starts against San Francisco in 2017 and put together a 4-1 record against the Giants with a 1.59 ERA and 29 strikeouts.

The Giants are going with lefty Ty Blach (1-1, 5.79 ERA) as their starter. Blach started 24 games last year and finished the season 8-12 overall with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He recorded three starts against the Dodgers a year ago and assembled a 1-2 record with a 3.20 ERA and nine strikeouts.

As a unit, San Francisco’s pitching staff has yielded 3.7 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starters have a 3.58 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 5.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 2.54 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 9.8 K/9. In five games against NL West foes, Giants starters have an ERA of 2.63 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.48.

The San Francisco offense has put up 3.3 runs per contest, including 4.2 per game over its last five. The team has hit .283/.337/.449 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Joe Panik has helped lead the Giants offense this season with 11 hits, three RBIs and six runs scored. Panik seemed to take a step back when hitting lefty pitching at home last season. Over 69 such plate appearances, he slashed .172/.217/.203 (his overall season line was .288/.349/.421).

In the visiting dugout, Los Angeles pitching staff allowed 3.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 2.42 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 9.27 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.63, along with a K-per-9 of 8.31.

Dodgers hitters have slashed .206/.280/.289 on their way to 3.4 runs scored per game in 2018, including over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Los Angeles offense has been led by Yasmani Grandal. Grandal is slashing .348/.444/.522 with eight hits, three RBIs and four runs scored. He did not do especially well against lefty pitching on the road last season. Across 48 such plate appearances, he put up a slash line of .143/.250/.238 (compared to his total season line of .247/.308/.459).

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Dodgers, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The Giants went 8-11 SU against the Dodgers last season.
  • The Dodgers bullpen managed an ERA of 3.34 against the Giants last year.