Date/Time: May 5th, 8:05 PM ET
MLB Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook
Probable Starters: Ryu (Los Angeles) vs. Cain (San Francisco)
Moneyline: Dodgers -135
You're not going to find all that many teams that hate each other as much as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. These two will play the showcase game of the week in MLB betting action in Sunday Night Baseball this week at AT&T Park.
We are actually a bit surprised that the oddsmakers have made RHP Hyun-Jin Ryu a favorite, but we think they've gotten it right. Ryu has clearly been the NL Rookie of the Year at this point in the campaign as we see it. He went 3-1 in the first month of the year, and he posted a 3.35 ERA. The one loss that he suffered though, was against these Giants. It's not like Ryu didn't pitch well in that game, though. He only allowed one earned run in 6.1 innings of work, but a pair of errors and an offense that couldn't figure out how to get the job done and got shut out were his demise. Ryu has never thrown more than 109 pitches in a game in his career, but he has figured out how to strike out a ton of batters. The rookie fanned 12 in his last start against the Colorado Rockies, and he has put down at least eight via the strikeout in three of his last four starts.
The Giants are a great home team this year, but they just haven't really been consistent with their pitchers. San Francisco ranks ninth in the league in pitching with a 3.62 team ERA, but that’s a heck of a lot worse than what it is used to. Part of the problem is the way that RHP Matt Cain pitched thus far on the year. Cain is going to get another chance to begin to fix his ERA. The righty has been terrible this year, going 0-2 with a 6.49 ERA. The Giants only won for the first time with Cain on the mound in his final start of April. Of course, that wasn't a great start for Cain either, as he allowed four runs in six innings, including conceding three home runs. Over the course of the last two seasons, Cain only allowed 30 total home runs. He has already allowed nine dingers this season, and all nine of those have come in his last four starts.
Until Cain figures out how to get the job done, the Giants are going to be in trouble when he is on the mound. We sort of relate Cain to Tim Lincecum last year when he just couldn't figure out how to get the job done for the whole year. Will Cain's slump last all season long? We just don't know. For now, we're not going to trust Cain. Go with the Dodgers.
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -135