Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants - MLB Opening Day Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants - MLB Opening Day Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants (0-0) at Los Angeles Dodgers (0-0)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:08 pm (Dodger Stadium)

Johnny Cueto (0-0) (0.00) vs. Clayton Kershaw (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -285 / San Francisco Giants +253 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Thursday night in MLB opening day action at Dodger Stadium. 

The San Francisco Giants won just 77 games last season and now begin a new era under manager Gabe Kapler. The Giants are an aging roster with not a lot of bright spots at the moment and things likely aren’t going to improve with star catcher Buster Posey sitting out the season due to the pandemic. The Giants finished 27th last year in batting average and 28th in runs scored, and there’s not a whole lot of help to support Brandon Belt and even a healthy Evan Longoria. The good news for the Giants is their relief pitchers had the fourth best ERA and sixth best WHIP in baseball last year, but you have to question how much that continues with the loss of Will Smith. Johnny Cueto gets the ball for the Giants, and he was 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA and 13 strikeouts last season. Cueto is 7-9 with a 3.53 ERA and 105 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to win the World Series this season depending where you shop, as they kept majority of last years squad while adding one of the top players in baseball in Mookie Betts, and pitchers Alex Wood and Blake Treinen. The Dodgers may have the best offense from top to bottom in all of baseball, while the addition of Wood to pair with Clayton Kershaw, Ross Stripling and Julio Urias gives LA one of the top starting pitching staffs. It’s hard to find a weakness with these Los Angeles Dodgers, and they’re one of a handful of teams that realistically has championship on its mind whenever they take the field. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball for the Dodgers, and he was 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA and 189 strikeouts last season. Kershaw is 23-12 with a 1.74 ERA and 350 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

The Giants are 3-7 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series, 2-5 in their last 7 vs. National League West and 1-6 in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Dodgers are 55-20 in their last 75 games as a home favorite, 55-20 in their last 75 home games and 37-18 in their last 55 Thursday games. The over is 5-2 in Giants last 7 during game 1 of a series. The under is 4-1 in Dodgers last 5 Thursday games. The under is 17-7-1 in the last 25 meetings in Los Angeles. The Giants are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.

Cueto is a good enough pitcher to give a look in the underdog role, but he's pitching for a Giants team that's had issues the last couple of years finding easy offense. Explanations aren't needed for what the Dodgers can do offensively, and they have a pitcher on the mound in Kershaw who not only has owned the Giants through his career, but is also 21-9 in his last 30 games as a favorite.

Give me the Los Angeles Dodgers and the RL for added value.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.