Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants MLB Pick – August 4

The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball throughout August 4. Thirteen games are up on the board throughout Thursday. One of these games will be between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will start at around 3:45 PM Eastern time on MLB Network.

Los Angeles has earned a record of 71-33 throughout this season, which has them sitting in first place of the NL West. The Dodgers have won four games in a row and are 7-3 throughout their last 10 games. Los Angeles has an eleven and a half game lead on the second place Padres. The Dodgers will look to remain hot on the road in this one.

The Giants have put up a record of 51-54 so far on the season, which has them in third place of the NL West. San Francisco has lost three games in a row and are 3-7 in their last 10 matchups. The Giants are five and a half games out of a wild card spot entering this one. San Francisco will look to step up at home on Thursday afternoon.

These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win in this game. The Dodgers have been the better team as of late and will look to keep this hot streak going. San Francisco will look to get back on track before they fall too far out of the wild card race. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Los Angeles Dodgers -1 ½ (-125) -210 Over 8 (-105)
San Francisco Giants +1 ½ (+105) +170 Under 8 (-115)
Team Data Los Angeles Dodgers San Francisco Giants
Overall Record 71-33 51-54
Away/ Home Record 36-18 29-26
Batting Average .259 .234
Batting Average Away/ Home .264 .240
ERA 2.95 3.93
ERA Away/ Home 2.81 3.55

Betting Trends

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • 3-0 in August
  • 10-1 when playing on Thursday
  • 31-12 against divisional opponents
  • 20-10 in day games
  • 48-21 against right handed starters
  • 50-20 after a win
  • 23-9 after three or more straight wins
  • 45-20 against team with a losing record

San Francisco Giants

  • 0-3 in August games
  • 1-8 when playing on Thursday
  • 16-24 against division rivals
  • 24-22 in day games
  • 21-17 against left handers
  • 23-29 after a loss
  • 24-27 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up twelve times throughout this season. The first two games were in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers won both games. San Francisco won the next three games at home. Los Angeles swept their next four game home series. The Dodgers have won the first three games of this set as well. Los Angeles has outscored the Giants 61-34 this season.


The Dodgers have been great at the plate so far this season. Los Angeles has a .259 batting average, which is 4th in the league. The Dodgers have earned an OBP of .336, which is 1st in the MLB. Los Angeles has posted a .779 OPS, which is also 1st in the league. The Dodgers have a BA of .259 against right handers this season.

San Francisco has been solid hitting the ball throughout the season. The Giants have a batting average of .234, which is 24th in the MLB. San Francisco has put up a .318 on base percentage, which is 10th in the league. The Giants have earned an OPS of .710, which is 13th in the MLB. San Francisco has hit .244 against lefties.

Los Angeles has the edge at the plate in this one and will look to keep their bats hot. The Dodgers have racked up 30 hits and 20 runs in the first three games of this set. San Francisco has 20 hits and 7 runs in those games. The Giants will need to step up in this one. If either team can get the early lead, it could be enough for the win.

Pitching Preview

Clayton Kershaw will likely get the start on the mound for Los Angeles in this one. Kershaw has started in 14 games this season, going 7-3 in those outings. He has put up an ERA of 2.66 and a 0.98 WHIP in those games. Kershaw pitched five and a third innings in his last start against the Colorado Rockies. He gave up eight hits and three runs in the loss.

I expect Jakob Junis to get the nod at pitcher for the Giants on Thursday afternoon. Junis has earned a record of 4-2 throughout his 12 appearances this season. He has posted a 2.78 ERA and a WHIP of 1.05 in those games. Junis pitched four innings in his last start against the Chicago Cubs. He gave up four hits in the no decision.

These two pitchers have been strong in their appearances and will look for a fast start in this one. The Dodgers have the edge in the bullpen entering this game. Los Angeles’s relievers have a 3.22 ERA, which is 6th in the MLB. San Francisco’s bullpen has combined for an ERA of 4.41, which is 26th in the league. Both teams will look for pitching to step up in this one.

Pick Overview

The Giants have been dominated in this home series so far and will look to grab a win to close it out. San Francisco can match the Dodgers starting pitching in this one and will need to get their bats going. The Giants were shut out on Wednesday night and will need to shake it off early. I expect San Francisco to look for a much faster start in this one.

Bovada has Los Angeles listed as a -210 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Dodgers will win this game around 67.7 percent of the time. I think that this line should be much closer to even with it being a division rivalry. The Giants might not be able to win this game, but I think they will keep it close. I am taking San Francisco as underdogs to cover the spread.

The Bet
San Francisco Giants +1.5
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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