Dodgers vs. Giants Pick MLB – April 10th

The Madison Bumgarner vs. Clayton Kershaw duel gave us all the drama and excitement fans hoped for, even if neither factored in the decision.  Kershaw allowed his first run of the year and fell behind his counterpart – literally – when MadBum tattooed Kershaw for his first homerun of the year.  Great stuff.  Meanwhile, both combined for 13 punchouts and just three runs allowed.  The ending was once again dramatic, as we’ve come to expect between these two teams, this time it was the Dodgers tying the game in the ninth and winning it in the tenth.  Today’s game becomes the rubber match of the series and has a lot to live up to.

Meanwhile, I’m not off to the first week I hoped for.  I took a shot on a long underdog yesterday only to have Julio Tehran get absolutely shelled in the first two innings by the Cardinals, eliminating all reasonable hope for a plus-money payday.  Let’s see if we can end the first week of the season on a better note today.

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Today’s Free Pick:

Los Angeles Dodgers +111 at San Francisco Giants -120 (Total: 7)

Scott Kazmir vs. Johnny Cueto

Two hurlers who were just in the playoffs for different teams get the ball this afternoon in a dynamite pitching matchup.  Cueto was excellent in his Giants debut and he gets the ball again today at AT&T as the Giants try to win their first series against the team the expect to be battling for the NL West crown all year long.

Opposing him is Scott Kazmir.  The Dodgers lost Greinke (who looks rough through two starts – but more on that some other time) and tried to fill in the gap with the signing of Kazmir.  Is it a fair one-to-one trade?  Of course not.  But when you factor in salary and the ensuing roster flexibility, it could very well turn out to be a brilliant decision.  He allowed only a single hit over six runs in his debut against the Padres.  He faces a much more dynamic lineup on the road today, however, so let’s see how it goes.

I expect the Giants to be able to get Cueto a few runs and for the long-time star pitcher to look more like the guy who dominated the National League for the last five years as oppsed to the blip on the radar struggles in Kansas City.  I think he will be massive in the Giants playoff run this season and expect him to come out and give his club a chance to win this afternoon in the Bay.

It’sa  pretty reasonable line to get a slight starting pitching edge AND home field advantage.  I’ll take the Giants to win at -120.

Free Pick: San Francisco Giants to WIN -120

Chris Scheeren / Author