Date/Time: September 25th, 10:15 PM ET
Probable Starters: Nolasco (Los Angeles) vs. Zito (San Francisco)
Moneyline: Giants -140
The two biggest rivals on the West Coast in the baseball betting world will meet on Wednesday night at AT&T Park, as the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the San Francisco Giants.
It’s a little interesting to think that the Giants were once the favorites in this game, but if you look at the form the Dodgers are in, things at least make a little bit of sense. Remember that last week, the Giants went on the road and took three out of four against LA, including when the Dodgers allowed 19 runs in a game that RHP Ricky Nolasco pitched in. Nolasco is back in the saddle in this one, and he is really hoping to get his act back in order after a few shaky starts. Nolasco has allowed 13 runs, 11 in which were earned in his last two games, and for a man that is expected to be the third or the fourth starter in the rotation in the playoffs, that just isn’t going to cut it. This is a very important start for Nolasco for sure, but we do have to remember that in spite of those two awful outings, he is a total of 13-10 with a 3.55 ERA. Remember too, that LA is just one game back of the St. Louis Cardinals and two back of the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the National League.
LHP Barry Zito is on the hill for the G-Men. Zito hasn’t won a game since May 30th, and his team hasn’t won a game that he has started since July 23rd. The offense hasn’t given him all that much help, scoring just one run in three straight games, but the fact of the matter is that this is a man that shouldn’t really be favored in all that many situations, especially against playoff teams. Zito is just 4-11 with a 5.91 ERA this year, and neither his walk total (54) nor his strikeout total (84) is all that notable. The southpaw is also not lasting all that long, knowing that he hasn’t made more than 85 pitches in a game in over two months either. Worse is the fact that Zito has been awful over the course of his last three starts, posting an 0-3 record and an 11.57 ERA, including allowing four homers in just 11.2 innings of work.
Originally, it was Madison Bumgarner that was going to get the ball in this one, and that’s why the Giants were originally favored. We know with Zito on the hill, it’s going to be LA that is getting the nod now, and we almost don’t care. This is a very important game for Nolasco that he really has to win to get his mind right going into the playoffs, because it’s going to be at least another week and a half until he sees the baseball again in all likelihood. Take the Dodgers on Wednesday to score a win over their rivals.
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers
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