The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will open a series on Monday in what is a battle of two in-state rivals. Although this is a series that favors Los Angeles, you never know what can happen. Baseball is a tricky game. Currently, the Dodgers are the favorites according to most sportsbooks at -1.5.
Over the last 10 games, the Dodgers have dominated the Giants. They have scored an average of 5.25 runs per contest, in correlation with 8.90 hits. Surrendering only 3.94 walks, they averaged 7.4 strikeouts per contest.
The Dodgers have a 46-22 record as the favorite but are interestingly 35-36 ATS. Against the spread at home, they have a respectable 20-15 mark. The Giants have an 18-27 record as the underdog, but an interesting trend presents itself when the Giants are on the road. They have a respectable 17-16 mark ATS away.
Beede looks to rebound
Tyler Beede has had a rough go of things in the major leagues to this point. His last start was indicative of that. In 4 2/3 innings, he gave up five hits and four earned runs. Walking two batters, he also showed his strikeout potential, fanning seven on the afternoon.
This will be his first start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they are not an easy team to face as it is. Beede will have to focus on keeping his pitches low and making sure he doesn’t fall behind in counts.
Minimizing his pitch count will be important as well. As he looks for that elusive first win, he will need to make sure he makes each of his pitches count.
Maeda looks to build off last start
Kenta Maeda had an interesting outing last time out against the Angels. After throwing 36 pitches in the first inning and surrendering five runs, he settled down to retire 13 straight batters. He will look to have a more effective start this time out.
The Giants know Maeda and see the ball out of his hand well. Joe Panik knows him best. In 16 at-bats, he has seven hits, two runs, and three walks. As a result, his average is. 438. Buster Posey is another guy who hits Maeda well. In 20 at-bats, he has six hits, two doubles, and four runs batted in.
This will be a game where Maeda has trouble, but his offense should be able to pick him up. They are certainly skilled and talented enough to do so.
Giants have some momentum
San Francisco comes into this contest having won four out of their last six ballgames. This includes a two-game series win over the Padres and taking two out of three games from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Winning this game on Monday would certainly give the Giants additional momentum, especially against a stellar Los Angeles team. The Dodgers have been playing well in their own right, taking three out of four games from the Chicago Cubs in the last series they played.
Take the Dodgers in this matchup. They have been playing stellar baseball all season, and I would expect them to continue that trend on Monday.