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#959 San Francisco Giants 8.5 vs.
#960 Los Angeles Dodgers -230
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 10:10pm EDT
Written by David Hess

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Monday evening on the MLB diamond and a pair of teams from the National League West will square off as the San Francisco Giants duke it out with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. This is game one of a four-game series between these division rivals. The Dodgers lead the season series 5-4.

Pitching Matchup: Tyler Beede (0-2, 8.06 ERA) will get the nod for the Giants while getting the nod for the Dodgers will be Kenta Maeda (7-3, 3.89 ERA).

Win Streak Ends At Four

The San Francisco Giants have been in the basement of the National League West for much of the year and they have actually played better on the road than at home, but they come into this series off a very nice homestand. The Giants went 5-3 on the homestand, which included taking two of three from the Central Division-leading Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend. The Giants did have a four-game win streak going, before losing to the Brewers in the finale on Sunday by a score of 5-3. The win streak was their longest of the year and now they have to try and get back on track against the Best team in the National League. Good luck there. The Giants are currently 16.5 games out of first n their division.

The offense for the Giants has been a bit better of late as they have scored 26 runs in their last five games, compared to putting up just seven runs in their previous five games. The Giants have averaged 4.55 rpg on the road, compared to 3.123 rpg at home, but we also note that they have averaged just 2.67 rpg against the Dodgers this year. The Giants had seven hits in tehir loss to the Brewers, with no one having more than one hit, while Brandon Belt, Kevin Pilar, and Jeff Samardzija all had RBIs. Samardzija also took the loss after allowing four ERs on nine hits and two walks while striking out five in 5.0 innings of work. He is now 3-6 with a 3.96 ERA on the year. The Giants are currently 27th in the league in run differential at -82.

The Giants will trot out Tyler Beede in this one and he has gone 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA in six games (four starts) on the year, including 0-2 with an 8.80 ERA in four games (three starts) on the road. Beede has gone 0-1 with an 8.50 ERA in his four starts so far this year. The 26-year-old righty is still looking for his first career win as he has gone 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in eight games (six starts) overall. He is 09-2 with an 8.42 ERA in his six career starts and he has never faced the Dodgers.

The Giants have been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 28th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.86 rpg, while also ranking 29th in hitting at .227 and 28th in homers with 63. On the mound, they have been below average as they rank 16th in the league in ERA at 4.54, while also ranking 15th in WHIP at 1.34 and 22nd in K’s with 590. Their pen ranks 5th in ERA at 3.75.

Dodgers Take Three Of Four From The Cubs

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been to the postseason the last six year in a row, but have no World Series Titles to show for it. That could very well change this year. The Dodgers are far and away the best team in the National League and they showed it by taking three of four from the Chicago nCubs over the weekend. LA is currently tied with the Astros for the 2nd best record in the league at 48-24, they have a 10.5 game lead over both the Rockies and Diamondbacks in the National League West and they are 2nd in the league in run differential at +112. We do note that the offense has slumped a bit of late as they have averaged just 3.30 rpg over their last 10 games, but that’s okay as they have allowed just 2.23 rpg over their last 13 games. The offense and the starting rotation are very good, so I would look for the Dodgers to try and shore up their bullpen at the trade deadline. It is their only weakness on the team.

The Pen Blew a game on Saturday night as Kenley Jensen allowed two runs in the top of the 9th in a game the Dodgers lost 2-1. They bounced back on Sunday night with a 3-2 win and Jansen was out there for the 9th and, while he struggled some, he did close the deal and picked up his 21st save of the year. Hyun-Jin Ryu came in with an ERA of 1.36 on the year and lowered it to 1.26 after giving up two unearned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight in 7.0 innings of work. He got a no-decision, while Ross Stripling (3-2, 3.21 ERA) picked up the win. The game was tied 2-2 in the 8th when Chris Taylor scored on a base hit by Russell Martin to put up LA for good. Cody Bellinger (23rd) hit the lone homer for the Dodgers, who are now an incredible 28-8 at h9ome for the year.

Toeing the rubber for the Dodgers will be Kenta Maeda and he has gone 7-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 13 starts on the year, including 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in his last three starts and 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 25-14 with a 3.07 ERA in 54 games (42 starts) here at Dodger Stadium and 6-5 with a 2.74 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) during the month of June. Maeda has gone 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 12 games (eight starts) against the Giants.

The Dodgers have been a strong offensive team so far as they come in ranked 10th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.10 rpg, while also ranking 7th in hitting at .262 and 7th in homers with 112. On the mound, they have been strong as they come in ranked 2nd in the league in ERA at 3.28, while also ranking 1st in WHIP at 1.08 and 13th in K’s with 630. The bullpen ranks 14th in the league with a 4.37 ERA.

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This is a bad spot for the Dodgers as they just played a game on Sunday night and got a very emotional win over the Cubs, but still, this is not a good matchup for the Giants. Tyler Beede has been horrible this year and the Dodgers have averaged a whopping 6.61 runs per nine innings off of righties at home. Beede has an 8.80 ERA on the road and a 10.67 ERA in three night starts, so the Dodgers’ offense should have a field day in this one. On the other side of the coin, we have Kenta Maeda, who is 6-0 with a slime 1.69 ERA at home for the year and he will be facing one of the worst offenses in the league. Lastly, the Dodgers are 4-0 in Maeda’s four career home starts against the Giants and he has a 2.05 ERA in those games. Take the Dodgers to win this one easily.

Prediction: Los Angeles -1.5

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I will be taking a shot at the Over in this one., The Giants are one of the worst offensive teams in the league, but they average 5.52 runs per nine off of righties on the road, so I do expect them to0 hang a few up in this one. The Dodgers have one of the best offenses in the league and they have averaged 6.61 runs per nine off of righties at home. They should have a huge offensive game against Tyler Beede, who has an 880 ERA on the road and a 10.67 ERA at night. We also note that his three night starts have averaged 13.67 rpg and his road starts have averaged 11.33 rpg, while Maeda’s home starts have averaged 9.20 rpg for the year. TYhe Over is 5-1-1 in San Francisco’s last 7 during game 1 of a series and that seals the deal for me.

Prediction: Over 8.5

Written By David Hess

I have always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so I combined the two to become a handicapper and a blogger. I love sports and I love writing about them and all the info I put in my blogs is well-thought-out and well-researched. I am a big fan of all the major sports and the colleges, plus I know golf pretty well, tennis and the WNBA. I am very versatile. Hope you enjoy my content.