A new week begins today and so does betting opportunities with the MLB. One of the best rivalries in baseball takes center stage today when the Dodgers and Giants begin a three-game series in San Francisco. The clubs split a four-game series last month.
The rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants has been the most active in the MLB this season with the two clubs already meeting seven times. Throw the records out, as four of those games were ultimately decided by just one run, including three of the four played in San Francisco.
In the first game of a three-game set, right-hander Brandon McCarthy (3-0, 3.10 ERA) gets the nod for the Dodgers and right-hander Matt Cain (2-1, 4.54) takes the hill for the Giants.
McCarthy, who’s been on the 10-day disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder, will be activated before the game. A simulated game and a few side sessions have been the extent of McCarthy’s activity since he last pitched on April 29 against the Phillies.
Cain tossed six scoreless innings against the Dodgers on April 24, which was his last win. The right-hander has since allowed 12 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings in three starts.
The Dodgers are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games on the road against the Giants
The Dodgers are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games after a loss.
Buster Posey is batting .395 with 7 RBIs during the month of May.
Brandon McCarthy will be making his first start since going on the DL with a dislocated shoulder. McCarthy and his 3.10 ERA will be a welcome return to a Dodgers rotation that has already started seven different pitchers on the season. The 11-year veteran has struggled against the Giants lineup, however, as the current San Fran roster has a collective career .357 batting average against the righty.
Matt Cain will be hoping that another game against the Dodgers can get his season back on track. Cain threw six scoreless innings against the Dodgers on April 24 but has since allowed 20 hits and 13 runs in just three starts.
The game also pits San Francisco Giants No. 29-rated offense, averaging 3.36 runs per game, against a Los Angeles Dodgers defense that ranks No. 1 at 3.58 in runs allowed per game. The San Francisco Giants have averaged 7.85 hits per game so far, less than Los Angeles Dodgers batters have averaged on the year (8.89 hits per game).
San Francisco owns the No. 25 defense, allowing 3.36 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Los Angeles’s No. 1-rated defense.
The Dodgers were saddled with a loss last time out in Julio Urias’s start, as they lost 9-6 against Colorado on Sunday at Coors Field.
San Francisco got the job done in their last match in a 8-3 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday at AT&T Park behind starter J Samardzija. Have you not made your picks yet? You’ve still got time to get in the action on this betting match, sign up at WagerWeb.ag