Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants - 9/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Giants (79-70) at Los Angeles Dodgers (84-64)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
M Bumgarner (14-9) (2.70) vs. C Kershaw (11-3) (1.81)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -170 / San Francisco Giants +150 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to shake off an extra innings loss on the road against the Diamondbacks as they face off against the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
The Giants head into Chavez Ravine for a pivotal NL West show down starting on Monday against their bitter rivals and biggest competition in the division and while it looks like the home side is in the clear to win the pennant, the Giants are still in striking distance. San Francisco will send Madison Bumgarner to the hill here as he will face off against Clayton Kershaw in what is a dream matchup for baseball fans and TV networks alike. San Francisco was at home against St. Louis on Sunday and lost 3-0 to the Cards but should be well rested here for their series opener and will look to get Bumgarner another victory as he is 14-9 with a 2.70 ERA in what has been another Cy Young caliber season from the Giants ace but he will have his work cut out for him here as Kershaw is back off the DL and looking to get his team an NL West crown.
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The Dodgers were pasted in the early going against Robbie Ray and the Snakes in the early going of last night’s game but they battled back and actually held a 9-7 lead after the seventh inning but ultimately dropped the game 10-9 in extra innings. Los Angeles doesn’t have much time to adjust though as they face off against their arch rivals who will be looking to make a statement to the rest of the wild card teams in the National League and to the Dodgers as well as many have already given them the West crown but this series can certainly decide a lot in that regard. Kershaw is without question one of, if not the best pitcher in baseball and his numbers are ridiculous again this season, but he has also looked human since returning from injury and while this is a big time game and he always seems to show up in those instances I think the Giants are getting overlooked and deserve some credit.
The Giants are 5-2 in Bumgarner’s last seven starts, 1-4 in their last five Monday games, and 13-3 in his last 16 starts following a team loss while the Dodgers are 7-1 in their last eight against the NL West, 17-4 in Kershaw’s last 21 Monday starts, and 61-25 in his last 86 home starts. This series is going to be fierce and while Kershaw is the measuring stick right now, Bumgarner isn’t far behind and they are worth a shot here at this price.