Two of the most bitter rivals in baseball betting action are going to start a crucial series at the top of the NL West on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball, as the Los Angeles Dodgers duke it out with the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants still dropped out of first place in the NL West on Sunday when they were beaten by the San Diego Padres. They are down to just 17th in the bigs in run support, averaging just 4.30 runs per game, and they are going to be playing this one and basically the rest of the regular season without their one-time MVP candidate, Melky Cabrera, who has been suspended for usage of a banned substance for 50 games. That means that the pitching is going to have to be all the better for the G-Men just to get into the playoffs. They’ll be sending out Madison Bumgarner on Monday night. Bumgarner leads the team in wins with 13, and he has a remarkable 2.97 ERA. The lefty is coming off of a complete game victory over the Washington Nationals in which he gave up just one run in five frames for the ‘W’. Batters are hitting just .221 against Bumgarner this year, and as a result, he has just a 1.01 WHIP.
Another lefty, Clayton Kershaw is going to be on the mound for the surging Dodgers on Monday night. Kershaw has won four starts in a row, and he has really helped this team get to the top of the mountain in the NL West. Los Angeles is clearly going to be on the path to the playoffs this year with all of the additions that it has made, and it is going to be welcoming back Manager Don Mattingly after his two-game suspension over the weekend. But back to Kershaw for a second; he is now 11-6 with a 2.90 ERA. Batters are hitting .213 against him, marking the fourth straight year in which they are going to hit .220 or worse, and he too, has a WHIP of just 1.01. A 2.90 ERA is definitely nothing to overlook at this point, nor is the fact that Kershaw already has 165 strikeouts and a rock solid virtually 4/1 K/BB ratio. Simply put, there aren’t many better pitchers in the game than this.
We’ll give the slight home field advantage to the Dodgers, but we really think that the meal ticket for this one is going to be by playing the ‘over’. This might seem absurd to do with such great starters on the mound, but just getting both teams to three runs is good enough for us. Even these two lousy offenses are averaging almost 8.5 runs per game between them, and it is insane to see a ‘total’ of just six on the board. Los Angeles 4 – San Francisco 3