Giants vs. Dodgers Moneyline Pick
San Francisco Giants (14-8) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (14-7)
When: 10:10 p.m., Tuesday, May 3
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Moneyline: SF +120/LAD -140 (Bovada – 50% bonus, rebates on all bets, sweet live betting!)
Runline: Giants +1.5/Dodgers -1.5
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Rodon (3-0, 1.17 ERA, 0.83 WHIP) vs. Julio Urias (1-1, 2.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)
For the Giants, this is the time to start evening the score from a year ago. San Francisco managed to break the Dodgers’ stranglehold on the NL West by claiming the division, but all that got them was an NLDS rematch with the Dodgers, where they fell to their ancient rivals and saw a brilliant season wind up in ashes. This marks the first time that the Giants have gotten a shot at the Dodgers since last year, which could provide a different kind of pressure for an early-season game. These teams will play each other 19 times this season, but getting a leg up on the Dodgers early in the season would be huge for San Francisco’s mental state as they try to establish that they’re still a contender in the NL West.
New Kids on the Block
It’s clear that both the Giants and the Dodgers made some savvy moves in free agency, as San Francisco replaced Kevin Gausman with Carlos Rodon and strengthened an already excellent pitching staff, while the Dodgers went in the other direction and shored up hitting by adding Braves slugger Freddie Freeman to the lineup.
So far, both moves are paying off in a big way. Rodon has won three starts and given up just three runs n four appearances with the Giants, posting a 1.17 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. At the same time, Freeman has stepped right in as one of the big threats in the Dodgers’ lineup, hitting .309 for the year and posting a .481 slugging percentage. These teams didn’t have much in the way of holes coming into this season, so any kind of improvement makes a big difference to keeping them ahead of the rest of the pack in the National League.
The Dodgers are probably the last staff that the Giants want to see right now, as San Francisco is coming off a rough series with Washington in which they saw the hard way what can happen when the pitching doesn’t get the job done. The Giants gave up 28 runs in three games to the Nationals, which resulted in two losses in three games and left San Francisco with three defeats in four overall.
They’re now facing a pitching staff that doesn’t give up much in the way of scoring. The Dodgers have a staff ERA of 2.33 and have been even better at keeping hitters from getting on base, holding batters to an average of .190. The Giants have been one of the more potent offenses in the game this season, but the Dodgers’ pitching has done this to virtually everyone, resulting in some of the lowest totals in the game. This could be a situation where only a couple of runs are needed to earn a victory.
- The Giants are 21-5 in their past 26 games after an off day.
- The Giants are 38-13 in their past 51 road games.
- The Dodgers are 47-14 in their past 61 home games.
- The Dodgers are 40-13 in their past 53 Tuesday games.
- The over is 4-1 in the Giants’ past five contests overall.
- The under is 3-1-1 in the Giants’ past five road games.
- The under is 5-1 in the Dodgers’ past six games overall.
- The under is 16-4-2 in the Dodgers’ past 22 games on Tuesdays.
- The under is 5-1 in the Dodgers’ past six against the NL West.
- The Giants are 44-16 in their past 60 games against the NL West.
There will be a slight six miles per hour wind heading out toward right-center, but that shouldn’t bother either of these teams. With temperatures at 65 degrees at first pitch, this should be a perfect day for baseball.
The Giants have cleaned up after an off day for most of the past year-plus, but they were in the same situation against the Nationals last week and fell flat on their faces. San Francisco is likely to come in motivated, but the Dodgers have the more talented roster overall and are playing the better baseball at the moment. I just don’t like the Giants’ situation after dropping two of three to the Nationals, so I side with the better roster that’s playing at home. Give me the Dodgers. Bankroll running low? Instead of redepositing and receiving NOTHING, consider grabbing a 100% real cash bonus at one of numerous top tier bookmakers on our sportsbook bonuses list!
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