One of the fiercest rivalries in sports get their series started Monday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers (5-5, 1-3 away) visit the San Francisco Giants (4-5, 1-2 home). Both teams have gotten off to slow starts and are coming off series losses over the weekend. Below are my MLB picks for the Dodgers vs Giants.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants Betting Pick
The Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -133 at Bookmaker
This game will be played at Oracle Park at 9:45 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2023.
Why Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers:
✅ Los Angeles has dominated their division rivals and have won the last five meetings between the two Californian teams.
✅ The Dodgers have been great in San Francisco as they have won their last seven games at Oracle Park.
✅ San Francisco is just 1-2 in their home park early this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers Looking to Get Things Going
Los Angeles had a weekend to forget in Arizona as they lost the final three games of the series to fall back to .500. The Dodgers opened the four-game series with a 5-2 win, but the Diamondbacks played good baseball the rest of the weekend to knock off the National League West giants.
Julio Urias will take the mound for the third time this season and he will look to continue his early season success that sees him with a 2-0 record and a 1.50 ERA.
The Dodgers have been balanced at the dish early on as Freddie Freeman has a team high .421 batting average, Jason Heyward has hit three home runs, and Will Smith leads the way with 11 RBIs. Los Angeles is hitting .251, has 72 hits and 54 runs, and the pitching staff has a combined 3.76 ERA.
The San Francisco Giants Hope to Gather Momentum
San Francisco salvaged their weekend series with a 3-1 win on Sunday. The Giants welcomed the Kansas City Royals to Oracle Park and were beaten on both Friday and Saturday. It has been a sleepy start for the team from The Bay and it will be interesting to see what direction this team heads this year.
Logan Webb is set to make his third start of the season and he has been roughed up to start the year, going 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA.
The Giants, early on, have been led this season by Thairo Estrada and his .364 ERA, Michael Conforto’s three home runs, and Joc Pederson’s seven RBIs. San Francisco is batting 2.61, with 44 runs on 74 hits, and the pitching staff has a 4.57 ERA.