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Two Spring Training NL West Favorites Try to Get Back on Track

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 7/7/2013 7:36:16 PM

Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants – Saturday July 6, 2013

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in third place in the NL West standings and the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants are in last place. But the online sports book experts know that neither team is out of the pennant race because everything is so tight in the NL West. Despite being in last place, the Giants are only four and a half games out of first. The records for the NL West teams are so bad that there is little chance that a wild card team will come from the division. That is what makes this series so important to both teams.

After a rough start, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally seem to be on track and winning games. After a great start, the betting sites watched the Giants plummet to last place in the division. The Giants are playing horrible baseball as of late, while the Dodgers have been able to string wins together and make a move up the standings. This game is the middle game of a series between these two teams that could make a significant difference in the NL West standings.

Why the Dodgers Will Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers are 8-2 in their last 10 games. However, the sports betting experts do note that the Dodgers are 15-23 on the road. Pitching surprise Stephen Fife will take the mound in this game to try and improve on his 3-2 record. After all of the moves that the Los Angeles Dodgers made to try and turn this team into a winner, it is prospects who are finally helping the team to put wins up on the board. Fife does not have a road win yet and the Dodgers are hoping that this game starts a good trend for the pitcher.

Why the Giants Will Win

Madison Bumgarner tries to boost his team and keep his most recent streak alive by taking the mound in this game. Bumgarner is 4-1 in his last five starts, with most of those starts being difficult road games. Bumgarner has a 3.01 ERA on the season, which shows that he has been doing his part to keep runs off the board. Bumgarner is also riding a streak of four consecutive games where he has pitched into the seventh inning. He is allowing the team to get to closer Sergio Romo, who is having a great season so far.

The Bottom Line

One would think that the Giants’ current struggles would indicate a problem in this game. But with Bumgarner playing as well as he has been playing and the Dodgers struggling on the road, the young Fife may have his hands full with this one. The Giants desperately need to start winning and they are hoping that this game is the one that starts a streak that will push San Francisco to the top of the standings.

Pick: San Francisco Giants



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