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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Odds, Picks, and Predictions

A rivalry as old as time, the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the San Francisco Giants to open a three-game series at 10:15 p.m. ET on Friday at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

However, there is little to play for at this point. Dodgers vs. Giants odds express the visitors as favorites and that it may not be close.

9 Times NLW Divison Winners

Dodgers standings show they have won the National League West division for the ninth time in 10 years. However, at 98-44, the Dodgers are only five games ahead of the Houston Astros for the best record in baseball.

The San Francisco Giants schedule has 19 remaining games, with seven against the lowly Colorado Rockies and six against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

While they aren’t mathematically eliminated, they would need to win at an incredible pace to catch the San Diego Padres, who are 8.5 games ahead of them for the final wild-card spot.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Odds

Dodgers Odds Breakdown:

Dodgers vs. Giants odds show the Dodgers are road favorites, however, slightly compared to what they have been in the recent series. The moneyline favors the Dodgers at -160 while the Giants are underdogs at +135. 

Giants Odds Breakdown:

However, if the Dodgers were to win, the run line of -1.5 (+105) indicates they could easily win by several runs, while the Giants are +1.5 (-120), showing some faith in it being a close game. The total is 7.5 runs with odds each at -110.

Dodgers vs. Giants Betting Preview

The Dodgers have been the best team in baseball. They lead the league in runs scored per game at 5.46, OPS at .790, runs allowed per game at 3.20, and batting average against at .209. They’ve dominated every facet of the game.

Third-Best Batting Average

Los Angeles has the third-best batting average at .260 and the fourth-best home run rate at 1.39 per contest.

The pitching staff is also second in opposing OPS at .620, sixth in home runs allowed at 0.95 per game, and ninth in strikeouts at 8.90.

The Giants, who are the only team to win the NL West in the last decade, have seen their pitching staff slip. They are 18th in runs allowed per game at 4.42 per contest. 

Opponents have a batting average of .252 against their pitching and a league average opposing OPS of .703. The Giants are second in home runs given up at 0.88.

Dodgers Offense

Their offense is solid, scoring 4.46 runs per game for 14th. However, they struggle to make contact, having the fourth worst strikeout rate of 9.14 times per game and are 23rd with a .232 batting average.

MLB Player Stats

MLB player stats show Dodgers hitters:

  • Freddie Freeman (.329, 45 doubles, 20 home runs, 104 runs scored, 91 RBIs)
  • Trea Turner (.305, 37 doubles, 20 home runs, 96 RBIs, 90 runs scored, 24 stolen bases)
  • Mookie Betts (.275, 34 doubles, 34 home runs, 77 RBIs, 110 runs scored)

Are the players to watch offensively.

Meanwhile, the top Giants are:

  • Thairo Estrada (.264, 20 doubles, 13 home runs, 55 RBIs, 62 runs scored, 18 stolen bases)
  • Joc Pederson (.266, 18 doubles, 22 home runs, 63 RBIs, 50 runs scored)
  • Wilmer Flores (.231, 26 doubles, 18 home runs, 65 RBIs, 66 runs scored).

The Dodgers have won nine of the last 10 in the season series. However, they were swept in June by the Giants, yet still, boast an 11-4 record over their rivals this season. 

The over/under is 6-6-2 in those matchups. So past Dodgers vs. Giants odds show that it is likely the Dodgers are victorious, but the over/under could go either way.

Dodgers vs. Giants Starting Pitchers

Dustin May Analysis

Dustin May will be starting for the Dodgers today. May is still working his way back into a routine from Tommy John surgery.

He shined in his first two starts, but the Padres have scored nine earned runs off as many hits and eight walks across his last ten innings. 

If the Dodgers can get through five innings with the lead, May will have done his job, and the backend of the bullpen can close it out.

Logan Webb Analysis

Logan Webb will take the mound for the Giants. An All-Star a season ago, Webb continued his dominance. He is 13-8 with a 2.88 ERA and 1.16 WHIP (Walks, Hits per Innings Pitched). 

The team is 16-13 in his starts, and the over/under is 15-14. In his three starts against the Dodgers this season, his team is 1-2, winning the Sept. 5 matchup after six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits.

Dodgers vs.Giants Picks and Predictions

Getting free MLB picks is sometimes difficult when it is over/under. These tend to even out more often than they don’t, and this series has it completely even. 

But it won’t be the case after Friday night with 7.5. May has been sharp at times, and he’s going against a lesser offense while Webb was strong in his last showing. We’ll go under 7.5 because of the pitching matchup.

Who to Bet On?

The moneyline feels like the safer bet here. Based on starting pitching alone, it would seem Webb has the advantage, and both backends of the bullpen are good enough to secure a win. 

We’ll take Giants +135 because of the odds and being at home, though beating the Dodgers lineup is really difficult.

MLB Pick: Giants (+135)

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