Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/8/14
San Francisco Giants (21-12) at Los Angeles Dodgers (19-15)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Ryan Vogelsong (R) (1-1) (4.603) vs. Josh Beckett (R) (0-1) (3.139)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -147 / San Francisco Giants +137 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-BA, SportsNet LA
For the third time this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will take the field for a series. The Giants have won the previous two series this season.
The Giants just lost two of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates, but have won six of their last eight games overall. It’s no secret the Giants pitching staff is one of the best in all of baseball, allowing three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Giants are 14-6 this season when allowing three or less runs. Brandon Belt is back to hitting the ball well, racking up five hits and three RBI in his last three games. Taking the mound Thursday will be Ryan Vogelsong, who is 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA and has 23 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. Vogelsong is 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 career starts against the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers just lost two of three to the Washington Nationals and have lost three of their last four games overall. Despite a loaded lineup, the Dodgers have had trouble consistently putting runs on the board, as they have scored three or less runs 16 times this season. Hanley Ramirez has seven hits and four RBI in his last five games, while Yasiel Puig has returned from injury and had a hit and a RBI in Wednesday’s loss. Taking the mound for the Dodgers is Josh Beckett, who is 0-1 with a 3.14 ERA and has 20 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. Beckett is 4-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 10 career starts against the Giants.
The Giants are 5-2 in Vogelsong's last 7 starts and 7-3 in Vogelsong's last 10 starts as an underdog. The Dodgers are 1-5 in Beckett's last 6 home starts and 1-7 in Beckett's last 8 starts. The Giants are 4-0 in Vogelsong's last 4 starts vs. Dodgers.
The Giants have had the Dodgers number all season and Beckett can't win a game to save his life this season. Getting the Giants plus money seems like a steal to me.