San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick - 9/24/13
Los Angeles Dodgers (90-66) at San Francisco Giants (72-84)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) (13-7) (3.033) vs. Matt Cain (R) (8-9) (4.060)
The Line: San Francisco Giants -119 / Los Angeles Dodgers +109 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: KCAL, CSN-Bay
The Los Angeles Dodgers visit AT&T Park to face the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night.
The near historic hot streak of the Dodgers is over but the team has picked things up over the past week or so with victories in four of six. Not all that long ago Los Angeles seldom lost a game and losing two in a row was considered a slump but the team has finally come back to earth. The Dodgers have not been a factor in the National League West for several years and were in the basement early on before racing to the top and winning the West going away. The goal now is to win heading in to the postseason and bring some momentum with them. The Dodgers send lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu to the bump to face the division rival Giants. Ryu has been outstanding the past ten times out with seven quality starts where he has gone 6-4 but has dropped four of five.
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Ironically San Francisco has played like the Dodgers of the past few years and the result has been they are a non factor in the National League West. How does a team go from dominating the division and winning a few World Series fall from grace so fast? All I can say is that this is baseball and this happens all the time. The reason San Francisco has fallen on hard times is the offense has struggled to consistently produce and one of the best rotations in the business has followed suit. Put the two together and then check out the Giants record and things become clear. San Francisco is scheduled to start Matt Cain on Tuesday against the visiting Dodgers. Cain struggled ealy in the year but has turned things around with quality starts in eight of the last ten outings.
I don't have a great feel for this one and you have to consider how much this means to either team except they hate losing to one another. For now I'll take the better odds on a good team...