MLB Betting: Giants vs Dodgers Series Preview

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 7, 2020 in

One of Major League’s biggest rivalries will be renewed on Friday night, as the Los Angeles Dodgers will welcome the San Francisco Giants to Dodger Stadium for a three game series. These two National League West rivals opened the season, splitting a four game series. Whenever these two teams meet, there’s sure to be some sort of excitement. Let’s take a closer look at this Giants vs Dodgers showdown so you can make your bets against their MLB odds.

MLB Betting: Giants vs Dodgers Series Preview

The series will kick off on Friday night with the Dodgers sending former top prospect, Julio Urias to the mound. Urias will be opposed by 35-year old veteran starter, Jeff Samardzija. Urias will take the hill for the third time this season. Urias stymied the Diamondbacks in his last start. In his first start of the season, Urias gave up one run in five innings against the Giants.

Samardzija has had a rough start to the season. In his first two starts, he has given up 10 runs in 9 innings pitched. He is one of the main reasons that the Giants pitching staff owns a 5.02 team ERA.

In the second game of the series, we’ll see a somewhat nostalgic matchup. San Francisco will send Johnny Cueto to the mound, and he will be opposed by Clayton Kershaw. Just a few short years ago, this matchup would’ve been considered to be a matchup of top-tier aces. Kershaw still has thrown well, but Cueto is a shell of his former self. He doesn’t have the velocity on his fastball that he once had, and there’s not as much bite on his breaking ball after all the injuries that he has suffered.

Cueto started on opening night against the Dodgers, giving up one run in four innings. Cueto has yet to win a game this season. Kershaw pitched well in his season debut. He pitched six scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks. Kershaw owns a 23-12 career record against the Giants.

In the series finale, Kevin Gausman will face off against the young Dodgers phenom, Walker Buehler. Gausman is 0-1 on the season with a 5.27 ERA. Gausman has swing and miss stuff, but he always tends to have one bad inning. Buehler hasn’t had a great start to the season. He comes into the game with a 5.19 ERA, allowing four homers in his 8 innings pitched.

When comparing offenses, the Dodgers definitely hold the edge. Led by Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers offense has yet to take off like many thought they would this season. However, with that being said, the Dodgers sit just ½ game behind the National League West-leading Colorado Rockies.

The Giants offense has been a little bit of a surprise this season. With Buster Posey opting out, and many aging veterans in the lineup, the Giants have still averaged just over 4 ½ runs per game. If their pitching would help them out, they’d have a much better record than their 6-8 mark.

Whenever these two teams get together, you know you’re going to be in for a show. This could be MLB’s most fierce rivalry. The Dodgers and Giants have a storied history, and they’ll be looking to add to that history this weekend at Chavez Ravine.