Friday Night Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants

In Major League Baseball on Friday – the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will get together for the fifth time already this season. The Giants and Dodgers met over the opening weekend, and the two teams split those four games. Since then – neither team has gotten going very quickly.

The San Francisco Giants are coming off a win and are 3-3 on the season. The Giants have scored the least amount of runs in the National League West, with 16 on the season. The Dodgers were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and are off to a 2-5 start on the season. The Dodgers are -150 over the Giants on Friday.

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Giants Looking for Offense

The San Francisco Giants are coming off a 10 run outburst over Seattle. That came after struggling to score, with just 1 run in the three game series against the Dodgers. San Francisco’s Joe Panik leads the team with a .381 batting average, along with 3 homeruns, which were all solo shots.

The Giants as a team rank 18th in batting average with a .234 average. The starting pitcher for San Francisco in this game is going to be Derek Holland. Holland is coming off a loss to the Dodgers in his opener, where he went 5 innings, and allowed 3 hits and 5 runs. Holland is 31 years old, in his 10th season.

Dodgers Seeking to Get Back on Track

The Los Angeles Dodgers are throwing Kenta Maeda in this game. Maeda is 1-0 on the season, and pitched well in his opener. The 29 year old from Japan went 5 innings, and allowed just 5 hits and 10 strikeouts.

Offensively, the Los Angeles Dodgers have already been shut out twice this season. The Dodgers  are hitting .202 on the season, which is 25th in the league. The Dodgers top offensive threat so far this season has been their catcher Yasmani Grandal. He is hitting .350 with a homerun and 3 runs batted in so far in 2018.

Dodgers Top Giants

This should be a fun National League West game. The fifth time these two teams have met in just over a week. That’s a crazy start to the season. Maeda was really good his last time out, and not sure anything will change with a pretty inconsistent Giants offense. Look for Maeda to strike out a few less ,but go a few more innings in this game. Despite this game being on the road in San Francisco – the Dodgers are going to come away with the win in this game. When you are betting this National League West battle – take the Dodgers -150 over the Giants.

  • Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers -150
  • Bovada – Bet on the San Francisco Giants +130
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