Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts follows through on a double off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
- The Los Angeles Dodgers are -125 home favorites to defeat the San Francisco Giants in their National League game on Monday, July 19
- LA is one game back of leading San Fran in the NL West
- The Dodgers have won two straight over the Giants
The San Francisco Giants (58-34, 28-21 away) and Los Angeles Dodgers (58-56, 30-14 home) open a four-game weekend series with a Monday night showdown at Dodger Stadium. The first pitch is slated for 10:10 pm ET. The weather forecast is calling for cloudy skies, a 90-degree temperature and 10 mph wind.
One of the oldest and most traditional rivalries in sports, this season, the Giants and Dodgers have much more than pride on the line when they meet on the baseball diamond. The defending World Series champion Dodgers and the Giants are fighting it out for NL West Division supremacy. They own the top two records in all of baseball.
LA has won two in a row over San Francisco and oddsmakers are expecting that trend to continue. The Dodgers are being established as the -125 favorites to win Monday’s game. These two powerhouses will meet seven times over the next 10 days.
Giants vs Dodgers Odds
|San Francisco Giants||+105||+1.5 (-200)||O 8.0 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-115||-1.5 (+170)||U 8.0 (-110)|
Odds as of July 19th at DraftKings
The Dodgers have won six of nine this season from the Giants. Five of those games have gone over. The last three meetings were all decided by one-run outcomes. San Francisco is 3-8 over the past 11 games against LA.
#Dodgers Will Smith on facing the Giants tomorrow for a 4-game series:
“They will be big, but they aren’t any bigger than the  we have left”
— Kirsten Watson (@kirsten_watson) July 18, 2021
LA is right behind San Fran when it comes to giving up runs. The Dodgers are second in the majors, allowing just 3.66 runs per game. They also own the #1 ERA in all of baseball (3.13). Offensively, LA is piling up 5.32 runs per game, second in MLB, while slashing it at .246/.339/.425. Recently, they’ve been playing like reigning world champs. LA is batting .291 as a team while posting a .895 OPS and going 14-5.
The Dodgers are 1-9 in extra innings games this season. They’ve utilized 27 different pitchers. And they’re just a game out of first place, as well as being on pace to win 100 games.
2021 World Series Odds Tracker
In seven appearances this season Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin has never allowed more than one earned run. Although he’s 0-1 lifetime against the Giants, Gonsolin has checked San Francisco hitters on a .118 batting average. He’s also posted a 1.80 ERA against them.
Gausman vs Gonsolin
Gonsolin’s only career loss at Dodger Stadium came on September 7, 2019. He dropped a 1-0 decision to the Giants.
Tony Gonsolin got an ovation from Dodgers fans after throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
The Catman understood the assignment. 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/uNXbaiPiDn
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 7, 2021
Giants right-hander Kevin Gausman is 9-3 with a 1.73 ERA. However, Gausman is 1-2 over his last three decisions. Then again, he’s allowed just six earned runs on 10 hits over 18 innings during that three-game stretch.
Kevin Gausman, Filthy Splitters. 😷 pic.twitter.com/yUvXvFSN4S
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 5, 2021
Overall this season, he’s mowing down hitters at a 30% strikeout rate, while checking them on a 1.8% home run rate. Gausman is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers this season. He’s held LA batters to a sub-.400 wOBA (.360) and a sub-.200 ISO (.186).
Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers
|Giants Batters||Batting Average vs Gonsolin||Dodgers Batters||Batting Average vs Gausman|
|Curt Casali||.000||Austin Barnes||.250|
|Brandon Crawford||.000||Matt Beaty||.200|
|Alex Dickerson||.000||Cody Bellinger||.143|
|Steven Duggar||.000||Mookie Betts||.351|
|Thairo Estrada||.000||Gavin Lux||.167|
|Wilmer Flores||.000||Zach McKinstry||.000|
|Darin Ruf||.000||Max Muncy||.286|
|Austin Slater||.000||AJ Pollock||.250|
|Donovan Solano||.000||Albert Pujols||.300|
|Mike Tauchman||.000||Will Smith||.286|
|Chadwick Tromp||.000||Chris Taylor||.400|
|LaMonte Wade Jr||.000||Justin Turner||.308|
Mookie is LA’s best Betts to get to Gausman. Not only is he batting .351 (13-for-37) against the Giants’ ace, the Dodgers outfielder has clouted three homers and driven in seven runs.
GRAND SLAM FOR SECOND BASEMAN MOOKIE BETTS pic.twitter.com/7hVsYM2q9X
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) July 11, 2021
Gonsolin has only pitched five innings against the Giants. Mike Yastrzemski (1-for-2) is the closest thing they have to someone getting to the LA righty.
Giants vs Dodgers Pick
San Francisco has lost two in a row, bringing an end to the club’s four-game road winning streak. The Giants have won eight of their last 12 road games when visiting the ballpark of a divisional rival.
San Francisco is the stingiest team in baseball, allowing an MLB-low 3.63 runs per game. Offensively, the club is tied for sixth in MLB in runs per game (4.93) and is fifth overall in OPS (.762).
Pick: San Francisco Giants (+105)
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.