MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

San Francisco Giants (64-52) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (57-59)

Date : 08/13/2018
Time : 10:10 pm EST
Location : Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers

Game 1 of a 3-game set versus the visiting San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, beginning on Monday night at 10:10 pm EST.  The Giants currently occupy 4th place within the NL West division while the Dodgers are in 2nd place behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In their last outing, the Giants would tie a 4-game set versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on 8-10-2018 by picking up the 13-10 home win to where they would cash in on the money line (-129) while the over was the play with runs being set at 8 runs for the game.  Derek Holland (6-8) would get the win once again as he would pitch 6.1 innings while allowing 5 runs on 10 hits and 5 strikeouts with a 3.97 ERA for the game while   Clay Holmes (1-2) suffered the loss as he lasted 2.2 innings while allowing 7 runs on 8 this with a 7.20 ERA.  The Giants had 17 hits for the game with Buster Posey going 4-5 with 3 RBI’s in the game while Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik would get 2 hits each with a combined 3 RBI’s.  Austin Slater would go 2-4 with 2 RBI’s while Alex Hansen (2-6, 3 RBI’s) and Andrew McCutchen (1-2, 2 RBI’s) would also spark the offense for San Francisco in the victory.  On the other hand, Francisco Cervelli was 3-5 with 5 RBI’s while Jordy Mercer was 2-3 with 2 RBI’s in the defeat.  The win halted a 3-game losing streak for the Giants.

The Dodgers would become tied in their current 4-game road set as they would suffer a 5-4 loss versus the Rockies on 8-10-2018 to where the Rockies would cash in on the money line as slight favorites (-110) while the under was the play with runs being set at 11 runs for the game.  Chris Ianetta would go 2-4 for the night while DJ LaMahieu would also go 2-4 with 2 RBI’s.  Ryan McMahon would also 1-2 with 2 RBI’s while Trevor Story would go 1-4 with an RBI in the victory for the Rockies.  Jon Gray would not get the decision in this matchup as he would pitch 5.2 innings while allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, 1 homer, and 4 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.81 for the game while Kenta Maeda would also get the no decision as he would last 5.1 innings while allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, 1 homer and 7 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.80.  Cody Bellinger went 3-4 with an RBI in the loss while Max Muncy went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s for the Dodgers in defeat.  For the Dodgers, the loss was their 2nd in 3 outings while for the Rockies, they halted a 3-game skid.

San Francisco Giants 's Latest Performance :

The Dodgers come into this matchup winners of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4.  Recently, after tying a 4-game home set versus the Milwaukee brewers on 8-2-2018, the Dodgers would go on to drop a 3-game home set versus the Houston Astros on 8-5-2018.  After tying yet another road series against the Oakland A’s on 8-8-2018, they would become tied in a 4-game road set versus the Rockies by dropping game 2 by a 5-4 margin on 8-10-2018.

The Dodgers average 4.74 runs per game (8th) with a team batting average of .244 (20th), 162 homers (2nd), along with 41 stolen bases (25th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.54 (2nd) with 1109 strikeouts (4th) along with 52 quality starts (10th).

Yasmani Grandal (.252 BA on 325 AB) and Cody Bellinger (.251 BA on 414 AB) have been the leaders offensively for the Dodgers this season.  Chris Taylor (.251 BA on 426 AB) has also been pivotal to the Dodger’s offensive attack.  Matt Kemp (.288 BA on 358 AB) and Manny Machado (.277 BA on 83 AB) have also been huge sparks for the Dodgers offense.

Alex Wood (7-6) has pitched 123.1 innings while allowing 56 runs on 114 hits, 12 homers, 30 walks, and 107 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.58 has also resurrected his overall performance lately for Los Angeles.


Los Angeles Dodgers 's Latest Performance :

The Giants come into this matchup losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3.  Recently, the Giants would tie a 4-game road set versus the Arizona Diamondbacks on 8-5-2018 while getting swept in their following series, a 2-game home set versus the Houston Astros on 8-7-2018.  Finally, they would regroup in game 2 of a 4-game home set against the Pirates on 8-10-20198 as they would pick up a huge 13-10 victory.

For the season, the Giants are averaging 4.09 runs per game (23rd) with a team batting average of .251 (12th), 107 homers (26th) along with 44 stolen bases (23rd).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.00 (16th) with 912 (23rd) along with 48 quality starts (17th).

Brandon Belt (.278 BA on 314 AB) and Buster Posey (.296 BA on 362 AB) have been the most consistent hitters for the Giants this year.  Andrew McCutchen (.260 BA on 420 AB) and Brandon Crawford (.279 BA on 402 AB) has also been solid at the plate for San Francisco.

Derek Holland (6-8, 3.97 ERA, 124.2 IP, 61 R, 115 H, 16 HR, 44 BB, 125 K’s) has been serviceable and relatively successful within the Giants rotation as they have had to deal with injuries related to their top-level pitchers all season.

How San Francisco Giants & Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Giants are 61-56 ATS while the O/U is 55-57-5.  On the other hand, the Dodgers are 52-65 ATS while the O/U is 56-58-3.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

While the Giants continue to have aspirations of increasing their position within the NL West division, the Dodgers are knocking on the door and with some wins over their division foe from the north, they will find themselves in a great position in which to lead the division by the end of the week.   The matchups between these two teams have all been exciting this year and I expect this to be equally as interesting, particularly, with the push for the playoffs already beginning.  In all, I see pitching as being key in this contest as the Dodgers have really proven that they can certainly lock teams down when needed.  While I see this matchup as being a competitive one throughout the duration of the series, I feel as though the Dodgers certainly have the inside track in winning the set outright.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers

My reason for the pick :

I will back the Dodgers to perform well in this series while coming just shy of a sweep.  The Dodgers have played well against this Giants squad this year and would like nothing better than to get a win over a division foe at the ‘friendly confines’, but, to also separate themselves from the lower tier teams within the division while gaining more ground on the first place Arizona Diamondbacks.  In all, the Dodgers pitching will dominate this matchup making it much more difficult for the Giants to get anything going on offense for much of the series.

Betting trends for San Francisco Giants :

    • The Giants are 1-5 in last 6 games
    • The Giants are 5-3 in last 8 road games
    • The Under is 6-4-1 in Giants last 11 road games

Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers :

    • The Dodgers are 8-6 in last 14 games
    • The Dodgers are 9-5 in last 14 home games
    • The Over is 8-6 in Dodgers last 14 home games