San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Pick – July 21

The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball as they come out of the All-Star break. Six games are up on the board throughout July 21. One of these games will be between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a fast start in this one. This game will start at around 10:10 PM Eastern time.

San Francisco has earned a record of 48-43 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the NL West. The Giants have won three games in a row and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. San Francisco is half a game back on a wild card spot entering this one. The Giants will look to jump in the standings with a big road win.

The Dodgers have put up a record of 60-30 so far on the season, which has them in first place of the NL West. Los Angeles has won four games in a row and is 9-1 throughout their last 10. The Dodgers have a 10 game lead on the second seeded San Diego Padres. Los Angeles will look to build that up with a win on Thursday night.

These two teams have been strong this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Giants are just out of a wild card spot, but picked up their play right before the All-Star break. Los Angeles has been hot all season and continues to dominate the NL. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
San Francisco Giants +1 ½ (-170) +113 Over 7 ½ (-110)
Los Angeles Dodgers -1 ½ (+145) -135 Under 7 ½ (-110)
Team Data San Francisco Giants Los Angeles Dodgers
Overall Record 48-43 60-30
Away/ Home Record 22-21 30-13
Batting Average .238 .255
Batting Average Away/ Home .235 .248
ERA 3.74 2.96
ERA Away/ Home 4.05 3.06

Betting Trends

San Francisco Giants

  • 8-9 in July
  • 0-7 when playing on Thursday
  • 16-14 against divisional opponents
  • 25-24 in night games
  • 29-33 against right handers
  • 26-22 after a win
  • 9-6 after three or more straight wins
  • 24-20 against team with a winning record

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • 13-2 in July games
  • 8-1 when playing on a Thursday
  • 21-11 against division rivals
  • 44-20 in night games
  • 19-11 against left handed starters
  • 41-18 after a win
  • 18-7 after three or more straight wins
  • 16-11 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up five times throughout the season. Los Angeles hosted the first two games of the season series on May 3 and 4. The Dodgers dominated the two games 3-1 and 9-1. The next three games shifted to San Francisco between June 10-12. The Giants won all three games by a combined score of 12-4.

Offense

The Giants have been solid hitting the ball this season. San Francisco has a .238 batting average, which is 21st in the MLB. The Giants have put up an on base percentage of .322, which is 7th in the league. San Francisco has earned a .725 OPS, which is 10th in the MLB. The Giants have hit .234 against righties this season.

Los Angeles has been great at the plate on the season. The Dodgers have a batting average of .255, which is 5th in the league. Los Angeles has earned a .333 OBP, which is 1st in the MLB. The Dodgers have posted an OPS of .770, which is 2nd in the league. Los Angeles has a BA of .249 against left handers.

These two teams have been solid hitting the ball this season. The Dodgers have a slight edge at the plate and will look to get their bats going early. San Francisco will look to step up early as they try to remain strong against Los Angeles. If either team can get some runs in quickly, it could lead them to the win.

Pitching Preview

Carlos Rodon will likely get the start on the mound for San Francisco in this one. Rodon has started in 18 games this season, going 8-5 in those matchups. He has posted a 2.66 ERA and a WHIP of 1.11 in those outings. Rodon’s last start was against the Milwaukee Brewers. He gave up eight hits and one run through five innings in the no decision.

I expect Mitch White to get the nod at pitcher for the Dodgers in this one. White has earned a record of 1-2 throughout his 13 appearances this season. He has put up an ERA of 4.20 and a 1.29 WHIP in those games played. White pitched five innings in his last start against the St. Louis Cardinals. He gave up ten hits and six runs in the loss.

These two pitchers have been solid on the season and will look to step up early. White is coming off a rough loss, while Rodon had a solid outing his last time out. Los Angeles has the edge on the bullpen in this one. The Dodgers relievers have a 3.26 ERA, which is 6th in the league. The Giants bullpen has a combined ERA of 4.19, which is 23rd in the MLB.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Giants have won their last three games against Los Angeles and will look to remain hot in this one. The Dodgers have the better bats in this one and will look for pitching to step up. If Los Angeles can step up early, I think they can earn the win.

Bovada has the Dodgers listed at -135 against the money line in this one. This implies that Los Angeles will win this game around 57.5 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate with the Dodgers having the better lineup entering this one. Los Angeles will look to get some hits on Rodon early to chase him. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Dodgers.

The Bet
Los Angeles Dodgers
-135
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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