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San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 4/29/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
Date & Time Monday April 29, 2019, 9:45 PM (EDT)
Location
Oracle Park
San Francisco, CA
The Line
San Francisco Giants +130 / Los Angeles Dodgers -150
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants meet in game one of a three game NL West division set from Oracle Park on Monday night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to keep the momentum going after completing the three game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 7-6 win in the series finale on Sunday. Cody Bellinger led the Dodgers by going 2 for 3 with three RBIs while Max Muncy and Corey Seager each had two RBIs with Muncy going 3 for 3 while Seager added a double. Enrique Hernandez went 2 for 3 while Russell Martin and Rich Hill each had a base hit to cap off L.A.’s offense in the win. Rich Hill gave up five runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out six over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Julio Urias got the win to improve to 1-1 while Kenley Jansen picked up his 9th save of the season. Kenta Maeda will start game one and is 3-2 with a 5.20 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. In his career, Maeda is 4-3 with a 4.58 ERA and 40 strikeouts against the Giants.

The San Francisco Giants will look to turn things around after being swept by the Yankees, dropping the series finale on Sunday by a final score of 11-5. Kevin Pillar went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs while Pablo Sandoval had a double and an RBI and Joe Panik added an RBI as well in the defeat. Brandon Belt and Dereck Rodriguez each chipped in a base hit to round out San Fran’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Rodriguez took the loss on the mound, falling to 3-3 on the year after allowing six runs, four earned on seven hits while walking four and striking out three over three innings of work, taking the loss to fall to 3-3 this season. Jeff Samardzija will start game one and is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. In his career, Samardzija is 1-4 with a 4.06 ERA and 38 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 11-3 in their last 14 games overall and 41-17 in their last 58 division games while the under is 4-0-2 in their last 6 Monday games. San Francisco is 3-9 in Samardzija’s last 12 starts and 16-38 in their last 54 games overall while the under is 38-16-3 in their last 57 division games. Los Angeles is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

You could make a case for the Giants and the plus money as this is kind of a rivalry game and Maeda has allowed 11 runs in 9.1 innings in his last two starts on the road. However, Samardzija hasn’t been pitching well enough to make the plus money hold value and the Dodgers come in simply playing the much better baseball over the last couple of weeks. I wish the line was lower, but this is a game that the Dodgers should win based on their current form.

Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers -150

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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