Los Angeles Dodgers (26-18) vs. San Francisco Giants (28-16)
May 22, 2021 7:15 pm EDT
The Line: San Francisco Giants +135 / Los Angeles Dodgers -163 ; Over/Under: -7.5
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants meet in an NL West division matchup in MLB action from Oracle Park on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to build on their 2-1 win over the Giants on Friday. Chris Taylor led the charge, belting a two-run home run as the lone scoring for the Dodgers in the winning effort. Mookie Betts and Gavin Lux each went 2 for 4 with a double while Justin Turner, Albert Pujols, Will Smith, Matt Beaty and Sheldon Neuse each added a base hit to cap off the Dodgers’ offense as a team in the victory. Trevor Bauer got the win to improve to 5-2 after allowing an unearned run on two hits while walking four and striking out 11 over 6.1 innings of work. Blake Treinen closed out the 9th for his 2nd save of the year. Walker Buehler will start here and is 2-0 with a 2.98 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. In his career, Buehler is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts against San Francisco.
The San Francisco Giants will try to rebound from their loss to the rival Dodgers on Friday. Brandon Belt had a double while Alex Dickerson added a base hit as well as the Giants had just two hits as a team with the rest of the team batting 0 for 22 with 10 strikeouts in the losing effort. Alex Wood took the loss, falling to 5-1 on the year after allowing two runs on eight hits while walking a pair and striking out seven over six innings of work. Scott Kazmir will start here and is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and 1 strikeout this season. In his career, Kazmir is 2-1 with a 4.79 ERA and 20 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is 50-18 in their last 68 division games and 71-33 in their last 104 games overall while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 road games. San Francisco is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 22-8 in their last 30 home games while the over is 11-2 in their last 13 division games.
The Giants have done nothing but provide value this season especially in the underdog role. However, I want nothing to do with Scott Kazmir in his first real action since 2016, especially against one of the most potent lineups in the major leagues. I have no choice but to back the Dodgers on the RL here.