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Dodgers vs. Giants Pick MLB – April 21st

The White Sox stunned the Indians with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to continue Cleveland’s early season misery with a dramatic walk-off 4-3 win. The game was fun to watch, but still fell a run away from hitting the total and sending us to a second straight MLB defeat. Let’s see if we can get back on the winning track tonight.

By the way, ever wonder what a more pedestrian offense would look like if you took them out of one of the worst hitters parks in baseball in moved them into one of the most hitter-friendly? Well, for one night Padres batters got to live that fantasy. At the time of writing, they lead the Rockies 14-2 in the eighth inning in Coors Field. I’m sure Wil Myers and Matt Kemp enjoyed the night…

Let’s see if we can get back to our winning ways tonight with a fun rivalry game out west.

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Today’s Free Pick:

Los Angeles Dodgers -125 at San Francisco Giants +105 (Total: 7)

Brett Anderson (1-0, 3.27 ERA) vs. Tim Lincecum (0-0, 2.25 ERA)

The Giants haven’t seen too keen on defending their World Series championship so far this season. They enter tonight with the second-worst record in the National League at 4-10 and are a dreadful 1-6 so far at AT&T Park. They send veteran Tim Lincecum to the mound tonight, who has actually been pretty good so far this season to see if both he, and they, can reclaim some past season magic.

Opposing Lincecum will be lefty Brett Anderson. He earned his first win in Dodger blue in his last outing, and is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in his last six starts dating back to last July when an injury ended his season with Colorado. He isn’t heavily counted on to anchor a very good Dodgers rotation, but his early season performance is very promising.

The Dodgers have won six of their last seven in San Fran, outscoring the Giants 40-16 in the process. And while Lincecum has been good, the Giant rotation has been BAD. They are allowing a .290 opponent batting average over their last ten games (1-9 team record, not surpringly). Perhaps the off day and a change of scenery will do them some good, but for now, I am not willing to bet on that offense and the continued excellence of Tim Lincecum who has been pretty mediocre for the past four years.

I’ll take the Dodgers to get the series opener – and like everyone else in attendance will be eagerly awaiting Wednesday night’s Kershaw vs. Baumgarner matchup. In the meantime, look for the Dodgers to keep rolling. I’ll take them with a pretty favorable -125 line.

Free Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers to WIN -125