Dodgers-Giants: An MLB Betting Guide to OpportunitiesPosted by: Charlie Smith
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants MLB betting preview
Time: 10:15 PM
Venue: AT&T Park
Sportsbook odds for fans who bet on baseball online:
Dodgers -1½ (+115) 8 (-110) -148
Giants +1½ (-135) 8 (-110) +138
On the mound: Hyun-Jin Ryu (LHP, 0-3, 5.87 ERA) is pitching like he was sidelined for the past two years – which he was. MLB betting stats show that he has allowed six home runs in 15 1/3 innings. Ryu is 4-2 in career at AT&T Park. Coincidentally, the last time that the South Korean played against the Dodgers on September 12th, 2004 he was pulled out after one inning due to shoulder irritation – little did he know shoulder and elbow surgery was in store for him within the following 24 months.
At bat: Yasiel Puig has one homer and two RBIs in 15 plate appearances against the Giants’ starter, while Utley Chase has one home run and one RBI in nine at-bats.
Miscellanea: Ryu may be starting but the story of the day is reliever Sergio Romo returning to AT&T Park for the first time as a LA Dodger. Romo spent 12 years in the San Francisco Giants during which time he became a fan favorite. “I don’t expect them to boo,” he said. “But I do expect them to know I’m on the other side.” It might be safe to say they’ll be aware of that; it’s not like it’s a Marlins-Mariners game in Japan – then it would be hard for the fans to tell who’s on which side.
Recent form: The Dodgers have lost five of their last seven games, seven of their last 10 on the road, and four of their last five against the Giants.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball online: The LA club’s ATS record is not that much better than their straight up record; they have gone 2-5 against the spread in the last seven games and have covered only in six of their last 22 on the road. The MLB betting total has gone under in eight of the Dodgers’ last 11 road games.
On the mound: Matt Cain (RHP, 1-0, 3.31 ERA) has been raising Cain in his past two consecutive starts, allowing two runs and nine hits in 12 innings. Cain has also struggled with injuries of his own since late 2013.
At bat: Aaron Hill has a home run and two RBIs off of Ryu in 16 plate appearances, while Hunter Pence has recorded seven RBIs against the Dodgers’ starter.
Recent form: The Giants have lost six of their last seven games, including the last four straight – the last three of which were a sweep by the Rockies. On the other hand, San Francisco has defeated LAD in their last five meetings at AT&T stadium.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball online: San Fran has covered the spread in just one game of the last seven overall but have fared better at home, going 9-4 ATS in their last 13 hosting stints. The MLB betting total has gone under in 13 of the Giants’ last 19 home games versus the Dodgers.