One of the most heated rivalries in all of baseball will continue Tuesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. The Dodgers have won four of their last five games, while the Giants have been hot as well, winning three of their last four.
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview: Can They Get Better?
The Los Angeles Dodgers come into play with a record of 69-33, good for first place in the National League West, 12 games ahead of the San Diego Padres in the division standings. The Dodgers have won four of their last five games and eight of their last 11.
The Dodgers have not been too active yet as the trade deadline approaches, but they are still expected to be in the mix for all-star outfielder Juan Soto. Soto would make an already powerful lineup otherworldly.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers will send lefthander Tyler Anderson to the mound. Anderson has had a sensational season, with a record of 11-1 with a 2.61 ERA. In 110.1 innings, Anderson has struck out 91 hitters, walked 19, and has allowed nine home runs.
In his previous outing, Anderson threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits. He struck out four and walked none in a 13-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Offensively, the Dodgers are hitting .258 as a team. Their leading hitter is first baseman Freddie Freeman, who is hitting .325 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI. Right fielder Mookie Betts leads the team with 23 home runs, and shortstop Trea Turner is hitting .309 with 16 home runs and a team-high 73 RBI.
San Francisco Giants Betting Preview: Buyers or Sellers?
The San Francisco Giants come into play with a record of 51-52, good for third place in the National League West, 17.5 games behind the Dodgers in the division standings. They are just four games out of the third wild card spot, however, which puts the Giants in a tough spot as the trade deadline approaches.
Just about all of their core players, such as pitchers Alex Wood and Carlos Rodon and position players like Joc Pederson, have all been rumored as trade pieces for the Giants. Despite all that, the Giants have won three of their last five games.
On Tuesday, the Giants will send Wood to the mound to try and even the series with the Dodgers. Wood has a record of 7-8 with a 4.11 ERA. In 100.2 innings, Wood has struck out 99 hitters, walked 25, and has allowed 11 home runs.
In his previous outing, Wood went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits. He struck out three and walked two in a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Offensively, the Giants are hitting .235 as a team. Their leading hitter is the second baseman Thairo Estrada, who is hitting .262 with nine home runs and 41 RBI. Pederson leads the team with 17 home runs, and third baseman Wilmer Flores leads the team with 55 RBI.
Dodgers/Giants Betting Odds
The moneyline on this game is Los Angeles -139, while San Francisco checks in at +129. The Dodgers are favored by 1.5 runs, and the over/under is 8.
The Dodgers are the much better team, as the standings have indicated all season, but in this matchup, the starting pitchers are going to take precedent. Therefore, runs will be at a premium, and the under will be in play. Take the under and call it a day.