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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
Date & Time Monday April 1, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles, CA
The Line
Los Angeles Dodgers: -1.5 (+133) / Los Angeles Dodgers -106 / San Francisco Giants -106 / San Francisco Giants: 1.5 (-159)
TV Channel
ESPN
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The San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet in game one of a three game NL West division set in MLB action from Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

The San Francisco Giants will look to rebound after losing 3 of 4 against San Diego following a 3-1 loss to the Padres in the series finale on Sunday. Pablo Sandoval went 1 for 3 with an RBI double while Brandon Crawford added a base hit of his own as San Fran mustered up just two hits as a team in the losing effort. Jeff Samardzija gave up just an unearned run on three hits while walking four over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision while Nick Vincent took the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Drew Pomeranz will start game one and was 2-6 with a 6.08 ERA and 66 strikeouts for Boston last season. In his career, Pomeranz is 1-4 with a 3.48 ERA and 31 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to build on a series victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks taking 3 out of 4 after an 8-7 win in the series finale on Sunday. A.J. Pollock and Alex Verdugo each had a double and two RBIs while Cody Bellinger added a solo home run. Kike Hernandez and Max Muncy each added an RBI while Russell Martin chipped in a base hit as well in the winning effort. Walker Buehler allowed five runs on five hits over three innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Dylan Floro got the win to improve to 1-0 while Kenley Jansen picked up his 1st save of the season. Julio Urias will start game one and will be making his first start since 2017. In his career, Urias is 0-1 with a 1.89 ERA and 15 strikeouts against San Francisco.

San Francisco is 1-6 in their last 7 division games and 8-20 in their last 28 road games while the under is 35-16-2 in their last 53 games overall. Los Angeles is 20-8 in their last 28 home games and 35-16 in their last 51 division games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. San Francisco is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I’m sure that Pomeranz will want to put his best foot forward in his first start for his new team. However, Pomeranz was shaky last season, resulting in his move to the bullpen for the Red Sox, and if we’re being honest, San Francisco hasn’t been very good offensively to start the year. Who knows what we will see in Urias in his first start since 2017, but what I do know is that Urias has had a solid career ERA against the Giants and has the better offensive unit behind him to pick up some runs, so I’ll side with the Dodgers to start the series with a win, and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll side with Los Angeles on the RL.

Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers: -1.5 (+133)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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