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MLB Pick: LA Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

Overview

The LA Dodgers look to avoid the sweep today in San Francisco where they take on the Giants in the final game of a three game series. The Giants have dominated the Dodgers this season winning 6 of the 8 meetings so far including all 5 played at home in San Francisco.

Head to Head Trends

Dodgers are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in San Francisco.
Dodgers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings when Kershaw faces Bumgarner.

San Francisco Giants (+117)

The San Francisco Giants are 2nd in the National league West 2.5 games back of the 1st place LA Dodgers. The Giants got off to a slow start this season winning just 3 of their first 12 games but they managed to quickly turn things around and have been one of the best teams in the league since winning 19 of 25 games.

On the hill for the Giants today is lefty Madison Bumgarner who is 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA on the season. Just like the Giants team Bumgarner started the season kind of slow as well but he too turned things around and is again looking like the top pitcher we’ve been used to the past few seasons.

San Francisco Giants Trends

Giants are 20-8 in Bumgarners last 28 starts.
Giants are 8-0 in their last 8 games as a home underdog.

LA Dodgers (-127)

The LA Dodgers are 1st in the National League West 2.5 games clear of the 2nd place Giants. The Dodgers started the season on fire but they have cooled off dramatically over the last week or so winning just 2 of their last 7 games. A big reason for the cool down has been the Dodgers offense who are batting under .200 and averaging just 1.60 runs over their last 5 games which included back to back shutouts to the Giants.

Starting for the Dodgers today is another lefty in Clayton Kershaw who is 2-2 with a 4.24 ERA on the season. Kershaw has been good this season but he hasn’t been dominant so right now he is looking like just another good above average pitcher.

LA Dodgers Trends

Dodgers are 1-4 in Kershaws last 5 road starts.
Dodgers are 2-5 in their last 7 road games vs. a left-handed starter.

Conclusion

I like the San Francisco Giants over the Dodgers in this one. We are getting a red hot Giants team with Madison Bumgarner starting and we’re getting them as an underdog? I think that’s kind of crazy especially with the Dodgers struggling to score runs right now and Kershaw looking somewhat mortal.

Free Pick: San Francisco Giants +117 

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