What Lies Beneath Dodgers-Giants MLB Baseball BettingPosted by: Charlie Smith
Dodgers -1½ (+140) 7 (EV) -112
Giants +1½ (-160) 7 (-120) +102
On the mound: Alex Wood (LHP, 1-0, 3.29 ERA) has been a stopgap between the injured Rich Hill and the recently called-up Julio Urias, and this could be his last start before returning to a long-relief role. Wood has thrown 8 1/3 innings and surrendered five earned runs for a 5.40 ERA. Additionally, he has 10 strikeouts and six walks in two starts. The last time he took the hill against San Fran was a year ago at AT&T Park when he gave up five runs in five innings in a 12-6 loss to the Giants.
At bat: Justin Turner has one home run and two RBIs in 18 plate appearances and Chase Utley one homer and one RBI in 24 at-bats against the Giants’ starter.
Miscellanea: Manager Dave Roberts has been meaning to play Utley at second base against right-handed pitchers in lieu of the injured Logan Forsythe, even though Utley is 1 for 29, the worst start of his career. Cody Bellinger made his MLB debut batting eighth against leftie Ty Blach last night, but Roberts is likely to move him up and start him in left or center field tonight.
Recent form: The Dodgers have lost six of their last nine games overall and four of their last six on the road. Last night’s win snapped a four-game losing streak against the Giants.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball online: LAD may have won last night but they still have failed to cover the spread in their last five games versus Frisco. The Dodgers are 1-4 against the spread in the last five contests overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six on the road. The MLB baseball betting total has gone under in seven of the Dodgers’ last 10 against the Giants.
On the mound: Johnny Cueto (RHP, 3-1, 5.25 ERA) has been hit-and-miss against the Dodgers; he has a 2.74 career ERA (2.67 last season) but is 5-6. Cueto had two swinging strikes out of 92 throws in his previous start on April 14th. The 3.3% rate was his second-lowest in a start since the start of 2015.
At-bat: Brandon Crawford has one home run and one RBI off of Wood in six plate appearances, while Buster Posey has three RBIs in three at-bats against LA’s starter.
Miscellanea: Manager Bruce Bochy is likely to start first baseman Brandon Belt again after not playing him on Tuesday. Crawford strained his right groin and is also expected to go on bereavement leave.
Recent form: The Giants have dropped five of their last six games, including a sweep by the Rockies. However, they have won five of their last six visits to AT&T Park.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball online: San Francisco has covered in the last five times hosting the Dodgers. The MLB baseball betting total has gone under in 15 of the Giants’ last 21 home games versus LAD.
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