Los Angeles Dodgers (2-5) at San Francisco Giants (3-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 7, 2018, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Francisco Giants +125 / Los Angeles Dodgers -145 --- Over/Under: 8
We have a classic NL West showdown between two teams with disappointing starts to the year as the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the San Francisco Giants in game one of their three game weekend set.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to rebound after being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in their last series, losing the finale on Wednesday by a final score of 3-0. Matt Kemp’s double was the lone hit for the Dodgers in the loss, with the rest of the Dodgers going 0 for 26 at the dish with 14 strikeouts. Alex Wood took the loss to fall to 0-1 this season after giving up all three runs on six hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Kenta Made will start game one and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. In his career, Maeda is 4-1 with a 4.55 ERA and 34 strikeouts against San Francisco.
The San Francisco Giants will look to build some steam after splitting their set with the Mariners, snapping a 3 game losing streak with a 10-1 rout of the Mariners on Wednesday. A lot of San Fran’s damage was done with the long ball, as Pablo Sandoval went 1 for with a three run homer and 4 RBIs total, while Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt each belted solo homers with two RBIs apiece and Gorkys Hernandez went 3 for 4 with a solo home run of his own in the win. Buster Posey, Gregor Blanco and Nick Hundley each added base hits of their own in the winning effort. Johnny Cute got the win after giving up just one run on eight hits over six innings of work. Derek Holland will start game one and is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Holland is 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA and 6 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is 15-7 in Maeda’s last 22 starts and 2-5 in their last 7 division matchups while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. San Francisco is 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 7-3 in their last 10 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 division matchups. Los Angeles is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.
Let’s not forget that these teams already met for a four game set to start the year, with Joe Panik, I mean the Giants winning a pair of 1-0 games over the Dodgers, with L.A. responding with a combined 14-0 score over their two wins to close out the series. One of those games was a 5-0 win with Maeda throwing a shutout, while Holland gave up all five runs. Anyone who has followed me knows I fade Holland wherever I can, because the guy gets lit up more than a Christmas tree. As a matter of fact, Holland has given up five or more runs in four of his last seven starts. Los Angeles is a much better team than their record would indicate, and I think the Dodgers replicate some of their success from the first series and notch their first road win of the year behind a strong performance from Maeda.