Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Matchup

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will head east to AT&T Park to face their divisional rival San Francisco Giants. The matchup begins at 10:15 p.m. ET and fans can catch it on either KNTV or SNLA.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants Odds

Los Angeles (-140) is coming into this one as the favorite against San Francisco (+130) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs. Odds for betting on the game’s total sit at -105 for the under and -115 for the over. The game’s current runline odds stand at +105 for betting the Dodgers -1.5 runs and -125 for the Giants +1.5.

The Dodgers have gone 11-12 SU this year and are 8-15 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 11.4 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 8.3 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Giants, on the other hand, are 11-13 SU and 16-8 ATS. They’ve gained 0.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.8 units ATS. San Francisco has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

San Francisco games have an over/under record of 10-14 so far in 2018. The Dodgers have an over/under record of 12-11.

Hyun-Jin Ryu is getting the nod for Los Angeles. The left-handed Ryu is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA and 27 strikeouts. He has yet to face San Francisco this year, but he did make three starts against the team in 2017, posting a 0-2 record with a 1.17 ERA and 11 strikeouts.

The Giants are putting the ball in the left hand of Derek Holland (0-3, 4.98 ERA), who’s got 22 punchouts and seven walks as well as a 1.06 WHIP. Holland is 0-1 with four strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.21 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.12 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.93, along with a K/9 of 10.38.

The Dodgers offense has slashed .241/.318/.389 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.9 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Los Angeles’ offensive production been powered by catcher Yasmani Grandal and outfielder Matt Kemp. Grandal is slashing .324/.422/.577 with four home runs, 18 RBIs and 12 runs scored, while Kemp has a .313 average with four homers, 12 RBIs and nine runs scored.

Grandal seemed to take a step back when hitting lefty pitching on the road last season. Over 48 such plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .143/.250/.238 (his overall season line was .247/.308/.459).

For the home team, San Francisco’s pitching staff has given up 4.0 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starters have an ERA of 3.62, a WHIP of 1.18 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.4. The bullpen has a 3.67 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.7 K/9. In 16 games against divisional foes, Giants starters have an ERA of 3.13 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.09.

The San Francisco hitters are putting up 3.2 runs per contest, including 2.3 per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .238/.304/.399 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

First baseman Brandon Belt and catcher Buster Posey have led the Giants’ hitters so far. Belt is hitting .304/.402/.638 with six home runs, 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored, while Posey’s line is .280/.337/.413 with 21 hits, nine RBIs and six runs.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .241/.355/.469, Belt seemed to have a little trouble hitting lefties at home last season, slashing .179/.276/.299 over 76 such plate appearances.

The Dodgers have lost 1.9 units and are 3-5 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in one of those games, compared to seven that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Giants have netted 2.8 units and are 10-4 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has cashed in eight of those games, compared to six that’ve gone under.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • San Francisco has recorded 17.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.4 over its last five.
  • The Dodgers have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.