Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Free Pick

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will be squaring off against their in-state rival San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. NBC Sports – Bay Area will showcase the matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants Odds

Vegas has listed San Francisco (+215) as the underdog to Los Angeles (-235). Bettors can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -105 for over 7 runs and -115 for under 7. Runline odds stand at -175 for taking the Dodgers -1.5 runs and +155 for the Giants +1.5.

The Giants are 86-73 against the spread (ATS), but only 73-87 straight up (SU). They’ve lost 5.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 7.4 units (ATS). San Francisco has covered the spread only twice in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Dodgers are 89-71 SU and have gone 71-88 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 25.5 units for moneyline bettors and 17.9 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven.

Giants games have an over/under record of 67-86-6 in 2018. The Dodgers have an over/under record of 75-76-8.

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw is getting the start for the visiting Dodgers. Kershaw is 9-5 with a 2.53 ERA and 151 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with 22 strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA against San Francisco this year (three starts).

The Giants are handing the ball to Dereck Rodriguez (6-4, 2.50 ERA), who has 88 punchouts and 33 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.08. Rodriguez hasn’t faced the Dodgers yet this year and did not pitch in the majors in 2017.

Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starters own a 3.21 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 9.51 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.72, along with a WHIP of 1.12 and a K/9 of 9.63.

The Dodgers offense has slashed .248/.332/.436 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.7 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Los Angeles’ hitters have been paced by first baseman Cody Bellinger and outfielder Chris Taylor, who’ve collectively blasted 41 home runs. Bellinger is slashing .262/.347/.472 with 24 home runs, 73 RBIs and 83 runs scored. Taylor has a .251 average with 17 homers, 62 RBIs and 81 runs scored.

For the home team, San Francisco’s pitching staff has yielded 4.2 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have a 3.97 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.65 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 8.9 K/9. In 74 divisional games, Giants starters have an ERA of 3.78 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.05.

San Francisco’s offense has put up 3.7 runs per outing, including 3.6 per game against divisional foes and 2.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .187/.236/.292 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford and right fielder Andrew McCutchen have led the Giants’ hitters this year. Crawford is hitting .257/.327/.397 with 14 home runs, 54 RBIs and 61 runs scored, and McCutchen’s line sits at .255/.357/.415 with 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 65 runs.

The Giants have gained 2.3 units and are 34-27 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 29 of those games, compared to 30 that’ve gone under against lefties.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Los Angeles has recorded 16 extra-base hits over its last five games. San Francisco has nine XBH over its last five.
  • The Giants have lost seven of their last eight games SU.
  • San Francisco has posted 19.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 14.8 over its last five.
  • The Dodgers have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games. The Giants have hit eight over their last 10.