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Giants Try To Find Offense Any Which Way They Can Against The Dodgers

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 7/4/2013 8:26:39 PM

The San Francisco Giants are the defending World Series champions, but they’re certainly not playing like it. A team in desperate need of a pick-me-up takes the field this Friday night.

Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants – Friday, July 5
Sport betting line: No line

Why Los Angeles Will Win

When the best online betting sites tackle this clash, they will certainly give the Dodgers a legitimate chance to win, and not just because the boys in Blue have overtaken the defending World Series champions in the National League West Division standings. Los Angeles, no longer in last place in the N.L. West – San Francisco now occupies that position – has been powered by solid starting pitching this season, with contributions from expected sources (Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke) but also some unexpected faces. Hyun-Jin Ryu is one of those unlikely figures, a pitcher who has been so vital to the Dodgers in 2013. Los Angeles would not have been able to stay afloat this long had it not been for Ryu’s steadiness in the starting rotation. Ryu has posted a 2.83 ERA and doing his best to overcome his team’s lack of consistent hitting. Ryu hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a game since May 5, enabling manager Don Mattingly to rest his bullpen – at least his middle and long relievers – on nights when the Korean takes the mound as the Dodgers’ starter.

Picking the Dodgers isn’t just based on Ryu’s quality, or at least, it shouldn’t be. San Francisco’s offense is paralyzed at the moment. The Giants scored a total of just three runs in their past three games against Cincinnati. San Francisco is experiencing a genuine power outage that has extended for two weeks at this point. The Giants, beginning with a 2-1 loss against Miami on June 20, have scored more than three runs in a game only twice over the past two weeks. They’ve scored more than two runs only three times. This is not a matter of one player slumping, but a whole team slumping at the same time.

Why San Francisco Will Win

This is not quite poker, but San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner has been a particularly effective dealer in recent weeks. Bumgarner struggled in April, but he’s been outstanding since then. He owns a 3.08 ERA and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a game since June 1. Yes, San Francisco’s offense has been impotent, but Bumgarner is certainly good enough to pitch beyond his team’s struggles. Just a couple of runs could enable the Giants’ lefthander to produce a low-scoring victory over the Dodgers, who – though ascendant at the moment – have been a subpar offensive team in 2013 and should find it hard to score runs in San Francisco, which has a pitcher-friendly ballyard. The other reason to pick the Giants in this game is that they are going to be fueled by a powerful sense of urgency. It is hard to imagine the defending world champions of baseball continuing to slide into mediocrity. This team has a good run left in it before the All-Star break.

Who Will Win

The Giants have been terrible the past two weeks, but the odds and percentages say that San Francisco should be able to bounce back before things get any worse. The Giants should have a winning season, which means they should get healthy here.

MLB Betting Pick: San Francisco

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