Labor Day baseball will conclude in Los Angeles with the Dodgers hosting the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers have won 10 of the 13 head-to-head games in this rivalry for the season.
If you are looking for my top MLB plays, I swept the board going a perfect 3-0 for +312 on Sunday. I am also 62-32 +2,287 over the last 30 days overall. My best bet for Monday is in the Guardians vs Royals game and available here.
Giants looking to build off sweep against PhilliesThe Giants concluded a three game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, but when it comes to their postseason hopes, it's likely too little too late. With 30 games left to play, the Giants are out games out of a wild card spot, and had a seven game losing streak prior to their current three straight wins.
Sunday's win came in dramatic fashion. The Giants led 3-0 in the eighth inning, before the Phillies tied the game on a three run blast by J.T Realmuto. The Giants answered in the ninth with a walk-off two run blast by Wilmer Flores who now has 17 home runs and a team best 63 RBI this season.
The Giants will send Logan Webb (11-8, 2.89 ERA) to the hill on Monday. On the road, Webb is 3-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 12 starts. The Giants have lost six of the last eight games Webb has pitched, with the defense failing him a but lately as one three of the last 12 runs that he's allowed have been earned. In two starts against the Dodgers this season, Webb is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA.
Running away with the WestThe Dodgers have the best record in MLB at 92-41 and lead the New York Mets by eight games for home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. They are also 19 games up on the second place Padres in the division, and will be the first team in MLB to clinch a post season bid. Los Angeles comes into this series on a two game winning streak after beating the Padres 12-1 on Saturday, and 9-4 on Monday.
The Dodgers have won eight of their last 12 games, averaging 6.3 runs while allowing just 3.3 runs per contest during the stretch. Over the entire season, the Dodgers ranks in the top-five offensively in runs scored, batting average, and home runs hit. Defensively they have allowed the fewest runs and have the lowest opponent batting average against them.
Whole squad put in work.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 4, 2022
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The Dodgers are listed to start Andrew Heaney (2-1, 2.12 ERA) on Monday. Heaney has been impressive, but limited to only 10 starts this season due to injuries. The Dodgers pitching overall has an MLB-best 2.86 ERA, and the bullpen is third with a 3.08 ERA.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
With the way the Dodgers have played this season, it's hard to argue why they shouldn't win every game. With their winning percentage, even with -200 odds, they tend to be a good money line play, which isn't something many teams can say. Although the numbers are going to usually back the Dodgers every night, no team can win every night, and I am going to go with the Giants in what is more of a fell play for me. This is a competitive rivalry, and the Dodgers have won the last eight in a row over the Giants. The Dodgers are heading into this game coming off of Sunday Night Baseball, and when it comes down to it, this series is a must-win for the Giants, while the Dodgers have done enough to cruise at this point. I will back Logan Webb and the Giants to get a big upset on Monday.
Full-Game Total Pick
It's hard to feel great about taking the under in a Dodgers game due to their potent lineup, but their pitching staff also allows the fewest in the majors. Webb has a 2.54 ERA over his last 11 starts for the Giants, and as long as the defense doesn't fail him (which they tend to do), he should be able to keep the Dodgers bats at bay. On the other side Los Angeles has only allowed more than three runs in one of Heaney's last seven starts. The total here seems too high, as I expect less than nine runs to be scored in this one.