Los Angeles Dodgers (+115) at San Francisco Giants (-125, 8 o/u)
For the last several seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers (3-1, 3-1 Away) have dominated the NL West in the regular season. But their arch rivals from upstate, the San Francisco Giants (3-1, 1-0 Home), are the only team in the div with rings on their fingers, winning the World Series in 2012 and 2014. Will this year play out the same? Their first series of the season will start to answer that question. Game two goes between the NL West powers goes tonight at AT&T Park (10:15 PM Eastern).
Both the Dodgers and Giants are off to hot starts, winning three of their first four games. But it was the Giants that dominated the first game of the series, winning 12-6 on the strength of three hits and three RBIs from second baseman Joe Panik. San Francisco recorded 17 hits in the game, and scored a dozen runs for the second time this week.
The 12-spot also ended the Dodgers’ shutout streak. The team had started the season 3-0 by blanking the Padres in three straight.
The Dodgers will turn to right-hander Ross Stripling as the starter for tonight’s game. He will be making his MLB debut after undergoing Tommy John surgery two years ago. Stripling was a surprise addition to the starting rotation out of camp. He went 3-6 with a 3.66 ERA while pitching for Double-A Tulsa and Class-A Great Lakes last year.
San Francisco will give the ball to veteran hurler Matt Cain. Cain is coming off a couple down seasons, going 4-11 with a 4.74 ERA over the last two years while battling a multitude of injuries. He had a cyst removed from his arm at the beginning of spring training but was able to throw 90 pitches in a minor league game last Monday and should be ready to go.
AT&T Park hasn’t been kind to the Dodgers in recent history. They are 2-9 SU in their last 11 in San Fran. With the inexperience Stripling on the bump, I expect that trend to continue.
Also, despite the total staying under eight of LA’s last ten in San Francisco, the two pitchers for tonight’s game have too many questions surrounding them. Look for both batting orders to have the upper hand and for this one to hit the over.
Pick: San Francisco (-125) and the OVER (8).
(Photo Credit: Bryce Edwards (Matt Cain) [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.)
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